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Breckenridge International Snow Championships

Alexander Goncharov

Winter is a wonderful time of the year. One of my favorite parts is going to the Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships. I like leisurely strolling down a snow-covered path with snow statues on either side of me. I see glistening dragons suspended in battle, tigers leaping out at me, and intricately carved patterns in snow spheres, they are all wild creations of sculptors that came to compete in the championships.

It takes a lot of hard tedious work to make a snow sculpture. First, they need to have an idea drawn out on paper, so they know what to carve. Later, they start with a large block of ice and make the main form of the object they are sculpting. Finally, they chisel out the details and put it on display.

Spectacular hand made snow sculptures will pose in the area near the Riverwalk Center. The Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships is a free event. This year it will be held January 21-25. If you want to see how the artists work, you need to come January 13-17. There is also a history display in the pavilion where you can warm up with hot coco and learn about the past twenty years of the event. You can also grasp how snow and ice sculptures differ.

Sixteen teams from Catalunya (Spain), Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Iceland, Italy, Lithuania, Mexico, Mongolia (2 teams), Russia and the USA (two from Colorado and one from Vermont) will compete for first place this year. Everyone gets a chance to vote on what they think is the best sculpture.

It is a day trip from Denver to the Breckenridge Snow Festival. You will need to wear warm layers, a hat, gloves, a coat, and winter boots because it is very cold outside, especially after dark. I would highly recommend going there at night because they light up the sculptures with blazing lights. It is a real winter wonderland.