Thursday, January 13, 2022

International Snow Sculpture Championships Returns to Breckenridge

The 31st annual International Snow Sculpture Championships presented by Toyota will return to Breckenridge from Jan. 24 - Feb. 2, 2022. Teams of sculptors from around the world will descend on Breckenridge to carve 12-foot-tall, 20-ton blocks of man-made snow into intricate works of art.

Breckenridge is delighted to be able to host sculpting teams from around the world, including Ecuador, Germany, Mexico and the USA. The United States teams include Breckenridge, Wisconsin (3), New York and Colorado.

Teams will sculpt around the clock during the carving week from Jan. 24 at 11 a.m. - Jan. 28 at 9 a.m., to create a temporary outdoor art gallery in historic downtown. Sculptors bring their ideas to life using only hand-tools.

Finished sculptures can be enjoyed during the viewing week, Jan. 28 - Feb. 2. Sculptures will be illuminated nightly with an ever-changing lighting display. Spectators can show support for their favorite sculpture with the People’s Choice Vote online at People’s Choice Voting will close at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29.

First, second, third, People’s Choice and Artists’ Choice will be presented to the winners at the awards ceremony on Friday, Jan. 28, inside the Riverwalk Center. The ISSC awards ceremony is free and open to the public. All attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination upon entry. 

As pandemic precautions continue to evolve, all events are subject to change per Summit County and Colorado Public Health orders. Visitors should review the most up-to-date COVID public health protocols before arrival at

The weekend of viewing, Friday, Jan. 28 – Sunday, Jan. 30, is historically the most-popular time for sculpture viewing. To help ensure the best environment for social distancing while viewing the sculptures, pedestrian walkways will be one-way, and timed entry reservations will be required only on Saturday, Jan. 29. There is no cost for a timed entry, but availability is limited. Spectators can sign up for a Saturday sculpture viewing at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. or 2 p.m. online at