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2014 Snow Sculpture Championships Begins Monday in #Breckenridge

A viewer takes in the light show at the Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships.

Story & photos courtesy of Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce Blog

Sometimes stories are just written and illustrated so well that you just want to share them!  In this case, the Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce blog has beautifully illustrated the upcoming Snow Sculpture Championships, and so we would like to share their post in its entirety.  The Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce does a great job of highlighting all of the really incredible qualities of life in Breckenridge, from the incomparable powder skiing to the fabulous food, night life, and ecclectic culture that defines the town.  As we continue to share with the readers on this site, we believe Breckenridge is one of the most amazing places on the planet!

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We hope you enjoy the story about the Snow Sculpture Championships courtesy of the Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce!

Teams selected: 2014 Snow Sculpture Championships

Breckenridge, Colorado is set to host the International Snow Sculpture Championships, when sixteen teams from around the world hand-carve enormous works of art from a 12-foot-tall, 20-ton block of machine-made Colorado snow. The 2014 roster includes past medalists as well as new teams to the event.

Click on a team below to see submission sketches and read team bios. Check back daily during competition, Jan. 21-25, 2014,  for regular photo updates.

Catalonia-Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain-Wales, Italy, Lithuania, Mexico, Mongolia (team 2), Mongolia Munkh-Erdene (team 1), RussiaUSA-Colorado/Black Forest, USA-Colorado/Breckenridge, USA-Wisconsin and USA-Vermont.

This free event kicks off Jan. 21, 2014. Competition concludes Jan. 25, with sculptures on display (weather permitting) through Feb. 2, 2014. in the heart of Breckenridge. Both weekends, check out the new photo workshops, which offer tips and tricks to shooting in the snow.

Teams are chosen based on past performances, team resume, submission sketches and overall sculpting experience. Throughout the five-day competition (65 hours), each team will create a massive 3-D work of art that is chiseled away from a 12-foot-tall, 20-ton block of machine-made Colorado snow.  The artists accomplish this without the use of power tools, internal support structures or colorants.  At the end of the five-day event a Gold, Silver and Bronze prize will be awarded to the top three teams as well as Artists’ Choice.  There will also be a chance for the pubic to vote on their favorites in two categories, People’s Choice and Kids’ Choice awards.

Daily photo posts and updates will be available on competition days for all the teams participating. In the meantime, check out last year’s winners below, and be sure to keep an close eye on Facebook.com/GoBreck, where we’ll be posting photos of the sculptures evolve throughout the 2014 event.

Team Mongolia won both first place and People’s Choice in the 2013 Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships with “Mongolian Warriors,” a piece that astounded judges in its depiction of 13th-century warriors atop horses. Photo by Carl Scofield

Team Mongolia won both first place and People’s Choice in the 2013 Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships with “Mongolian Warriors,” a piece that astounded judges in its depiction of 13th-century warriors atop horses. Photo by Carl Scofield

Team Catalonia-Spain won second with “Banyista Nua” (Homage to Picasso), showing a woman on the beach – an intentional contrast to both the medium and Breckenridge’s winter climate.

Team Catalonia-Spain won second with “Banyista Nua” (Homage to Picasso), showing a woman on the beach – an intentional contrast to both the medium and Breckenridge’s winter climate.

Team Estonia placed third with “Koit,” a representation of a fairy tale in which, according to the team, two lovers – Dawn and Dusk – meet only twice each year.

Team Estonia placed third with “Koit,” a representation of a fairy tale in which, according to the team, two lovers – Dawn and Dusk – meet only twice each year.

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