What began as a local event celebrating the creativity of local vendors, The Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships (let’s call it BISSC for short, shall we?) still celebrates creativity in its most chilled form; however, the event is now a melting pot of cultural history from nations across the world.
Featuring 15 teams of five from countries such as Russia, Mongolia, Australia, Great Britain, USA, China, Japan, Morocco, Belize, Canada, and Bulgaria to name a few, the BISSC is now in its 23rd year and shows no evidence of slowing down.
Sculpting kicked off with a shot-gun start at 11:00am on January 22. Prohibited from utilizing power tools, each team sculpted these spectacular sculptures with saws, chisels, and various other hand tools. Sculptors worked day and night until 10am on January 26, building and carving away at 12ft tall monstrosities that delighted the eye and sparked the imagination.
Prizes were awarded on the 27th in categories that included Kids Choice, Artists Awards, People’s Choice Awards, and of course the usual 1st, 2nd, 3rd, place prizes.
In many cases, the artists were working not only against the clock, but also the elements. As a sign so aptly noted, near Ecuador’s fallen structure, “Snow is an inherently temporary material”. That said, with this past week’s extremely mild temperatures, it’s a feat in it of itself that these stunning sculptures are still standing.
Sculptures will remain on display until February 3; so if you happen to be in the area, stop by the Riverwalk Center
in downtown Breck
and take in the sights.
- First Place, Peoples’ Choice, and Artists’ Choice was awarded to Team Mongolia for their sculpture titled “Mongolian Warriors”.
- Second Place awarded to Team Catalonia-Spain
- Third Place awarded to Team Estonia
- Kids’ Choice awarded to Team Canada Yukon
If you’re itching for more information, check out the trailer
for the upcoming BISSC documentary.