Plan Your Trip to Breckenridge, Colorado for the 2019 International Snow Sculpture Championships starting on Monday

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Best winter event in Breckenridge

The 29th annual International Snow Sculpture Championships

Jan 21-30, 2019

Snow Sculpture
Image courtesy of GoBreck- taken by Austyn Dineen


During the Snow Sculpture Championships, 16 teams from around the world hand-carve 25-ton blocks of snow into enormous, intricate works of art. Artists are only allowed to use hand tools, creativity and inspiration to bring their visions to life. Teams will work roughly 96 hours over a five-day period. This results in a massive outdoor art gallery in downtown Breckenridge!

2019 teams include

  • China
  • Ecuador
  • France
  • Germany
  • Great Britain
  • India
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • Mongolia
  • 2 teams from the USA


The Snow Sculptures are located around the Riverwalk Center at 150 West Adams Ave in Breckenridge. Each intricate carving is sculpted into a statue which glows from dusk to dawn every day of the viewing weekend.

Inside the Riverwalk Center, known as the Thaw Lounge + Music, discover the process of snow sculpting, information about the teams and sculpting trivia that you will wow your friends with. Within the Thaw Lounge, explore the last 28 years of the International Snow Sculpture Championships.

Schedule of Events

Monday, January 21 at 11:00 a.m: Sculpting starts

Friday, January 25 at 9:00 a.m: Sculpting ends

January 25-30: Viewing weekend starts

Friday, January 25- 6:00 p.m: Awards Ceremony & acrobatic Cirque Show

Saturday January 26, 6:00 p.m: Fireworks viewed from downtown

Dusk to dawn January 25-30: Nightly Sculpture Light-show 

7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 30: Viewing Ends


Vote for your favorite with the People’s Choice Vote

It’s easy! Throughout sculpting week, text the code of your favorite sculpture to vote. More details can be found at each sculpture and in the Thaw Lounge & Music inside the Riverwalk Center.

Snow Sculpture Comp
Image courtesy of GoBreck- taken by Austyn Dineen

Best ways to get to the Snow Sculpture Championship

The biggest challenge to this event for visitors is access. There are several options available to arrive at the epi-center of the event. Obviously, the best way to avoid the traffic in and out of town is to visit and book your stay in Breckenridge!

If you are driving, then here are some tips:

  1. Private charters may utilize the F-Lot Transit Center to drop off and pick up guests (closest paid parking lot to the event)
  2. Buses will be directed to park in the satellite/free skier parking off
  3. Free public transportation is also available throughout the town from 6:15 a.m. to 11:45 p.m., provided by the Breckenridge Free Ride.
  4. Free parking is available at the CMC lot off of Highway 9 and free transportation to the event will be provided from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Don’t let the parking keep you from missing this incredible event. The Annual Snow Sculpture Championships will blow you away. The sculptors work countless hours to fight for the championship. Check out some of our favorite photos from previous years!