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2013 Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships

 On January 27, 2013, the winners of the 2013 Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships were announced:

1st Place- Team Mongolia
2nd Place- Team Catalonia-Spain
3rd Place- Team Estonia
People's Choice- Team Mongolia
Kid's Choice- Team Canada Yukon
Artists' Choice- Team Mongolia

 Please click here for a slideshow of the 2013 event.

This will be the 23nd year of the Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships. We hope you can join us as we welcome teams from around the country and world.  This is a FREE event. 

We welcome visitors from beginning to the end of this FREE event (January 22 - February 3, 2013). Artists sculpt from Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. until Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 10:00 a.m., judging is at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 26, 2013, the awards ceremony is at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 27, 2013 and sculptures will remain standing weather permitting until the night of Sunday, February 3, 2013.


We think the evening of Friday, January 25, 2013 is one of the best times to visit. Artists are preparing to stay up all night to do detail work and the atmosphere is celebratory. Why not spend a night or two in Breckenridge and catch the whole weekend of festivities? You won't regret seeing the sculptures evolve and witnessing the awards being given out. 

 *Please note that this is an outdoor event and indoor warming facilities  (the Snow Lounge) are not available 24 hours a day, but of course bathrooms are available 24 hours a day on site.  A complete schedule of events including the hours of the Snow Lounge will be posted in November 2012. 

January 22-26, 2013 Sculpting Week- Sculpting begins at 11:00 a.m.on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 with a shotgun start and sculpting ends on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. The awards ceremony will be on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. 

January 27-February 3, 2013 Viewing Week - (Please note that visitors are welcome at this free event anytime from January 22 to February 3, 2013) During viewing week, the artists are done sculpting but the sculptures are here for your viewing pleasure. Weather permitting the snow sculptures will stay up until the night of Sunday, February 3, 2013 (until approx. 11pm) and then they will disappear under the darkness of night- just as magically as they appeared!

We say that viewing week is weather permitting because every once in a while we need to take down a sculpture that is about to fall due to warm weather. Over the past few years we have only taken down one or two sculptures due to weather so it is a pretty good bet that you will be able to see all or most of the sculptures (and without the crowds!). 

This is a free event.  For more information please call 970-547-3100. 

Please click here for a downloadable version of the schedule. 

Sculpting applications for 2014 will be available starting in June 2013 by emailing   

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Last updated: 7/30/2013 1:52:31 PM