Sculpting Snow with Zeb the Duck

Let’s sculpt a 20 ton block of snow.   January in Breckenridge, Colorado brings the Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships.

26th Annual Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships

26th Annual Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships

We usually go to Breckenridge to see the finished sculptures.   However, this year mom is not working as a tax preparer, so we can go more often.   We watched the artists carve the 20 ton snow blocks.

20 ton block of snow. 12' x 10' x 10'

20 ton block of snow.   12′ x 10′ x 10′

When a team wants to compete here, they must submit a drawing of their sculpture and a description.   These are displayed during the competition.   Team Germany’s entry, Metanoia, represents the journey of changing one’s mind, heart, self or way life.

Team Germany: Metanoia

Team Germany: Metanoia

Mongolia shows The Happiness of Family.

Team Mongolia: The Happiness of Family

Team Mongolia: The Happiness of Family

Motherhood is the most invaluable intervention for the personal developments and skills of any animal/person in the world.   The sculpture reveals the moment in which a mother teaches her babies how to swim.   Estonia sculpts Human Space.

Team Estonia: Human Space

Team Estonia: Human Space

This sculpture from Budweiser is not entered in the competition.   There was no drawing or explanation, but maybe…  This Bud’s for You.

This Bud's for You

This Bud’s for You

Mongolia won the position of two sculptures.

Team Mongolia: Lion and Butterfly

Team Mongolia: Lion and Butterfly

The Lion and Butterfly was being created here.   Team USA Wisconsin presents Dia de Muertos.

Team USA Wisconsin: Dia de Muertos

Team USA Wisconsin: Dia de Muertos

The sculpture represents the holiday of Mexican origin from October 31 through November 2, honoring and remembering those who have left this life.   Team USA Vermont presents Rhonda and her Recycling Robo-Octopus.

Team USA Vermont: Rhonda and her Recycling Robo-Octopus

Team USA Vermont: Rhonda and her Recycling Robo-Octopus

We loved all of these sculptures.   There are many more on display.   The judging Saturday, January 30.   The sculptures will be on display through Sunday, February 7, weather permitting.   We hope  you can go to Breckenridge to see these elaborate snow sculptures.   While we were in Breckenridge, we saw the horse cart.

Horse team

Horse team

Also, near the Visitor’s Center, I sat on this wagon.

Historical wagon

Historical wagon

Humans cannot climb or sit on the wagon, but I, Zeb the Duck, am small enough that I was allowed to sit here.   We, the Colorado Traveling Ducks, love Breckenridge and hope to see you there to view the completed snow sculptures of the 26th Annual Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships.

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8 thoughts on “Sculpting Snow with Zeb the Duck

    • We go most years. I never fail to be speechless at the finished work. Went a couple years ago when they were making snow blocks. Man made snow is loaded into forms and people get in and stomp on snow. This is the first year we saw sculpting in process. Hope to see the finished sculptures next week. Closer to you, I believe Cripple Creek is having ice sculptures in a week or two. Thanks for reading and commenting. Your rose photo is gorgeous!

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