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2011 Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships

Team China 2009 Photo by Carl Scofield

2011 Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships Event Dates

2011 Winners were announced on Sunday, January 30 at 3:30pm

1st Place- Team Mexico
2nd Place- Team Canada- Yukon
3rd Place- Team Breckenridge


People's Choice- Team Canada- Yukon
Kid's Choice- Team Breckenridge
Artist's Choice- Team Canada- Yukon

For more 2011 information and photos please click here and for the press release announcing the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners including quotes from the judges please click here

January 17-21, 2011 Technical Week - Watch how the blocks are built or even volunteer to help by calling Michelle Gehr, Chief of Volunteers at 970-453-3187 x3 or

We welcome visitors from beginning to the end of this free event (January 25-February 6, 2011). Artists sculpt from Tuesday, January 25 at 11:00 a.m. to Saturday, January 29 at 10:00 a.m., judging is at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 29, the awards ceremony is at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 30 and sculptures will remain standing weather permitting until the night of Sunday, February 6, 2011.


We think the evening of Friday, January 28 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 and catch the whole weekend? You won't regret seeing the sculptures evolve and witnessing the awards given out. Please click here for a printable version of the schedule.

January 25-29, 2011 Sculpting Week- Sculpting begins at 11:00 a.m.on Tuesday, January 25 with a shotgun start and sculpting ends on Saturday, January 29 at 10:00 a.m. The awards ceremony will be on Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 3:30 p.m. 

January 30-February 6, 2011 Viewing Week - (Please note that visitors are welcome at this free event anytime from January 25 to February 6- not just during viewing week.) 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 6, 2011 (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!). 

Please click here for answers to frequently asked questions about the Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships. 

Teams for the 2011 Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championship have already been decided. Sculpting applications for 2012 will be available June 2011. Please email if you would like to receive an application in June 2011. Deadline for application submission will be in August 2011.

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