Breckenridge invites public to snow sculpture competition
BRECKENRIDGE, Colorado The Breckenridge Snowflake Challenge, a new event, honors the roots of the annual International Snow Sculpture Championships. In December a month before the international event anyone interested in trying out the art of sculpting snow can work with a team at a designated cite in Breckenridge.There is no team member limit, but the smaller the team, the greater the reward. The cash prizes are: $2,000 for first place; $1,000 for second; $500 for third: $100, fourth; $50, fifth; and $25 for sixth.Using only hand tools no power tools allowed teams are encouraged to create a sculpture around the idea, Winter Dreams. Teams will need to retrieve their own snow. Breckenridges team for the international event will be available for help during sculpting.The sculpting starts with a kickoff party at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5, at Burke and Rileys Irish Pub. Sculpting ends with an awards party at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13. The sculptures will be on display along Main Street through the holidays.The event is being produced by Breckenridge Associates Real Estate, founders of Breckenridges International Snow Sculpture Championships, who hope to welcome a new generation of snow artists and remind folks how the event began spontaneously on the streets. Those interested in participating in the Breckenridge Snowflake Challenge can print a registration form online at brecksnowflakechallenge.com and return with the $25 team entry fee or $75 business entry fee to Breckenridge Associates Real Estate at 229 S. Main St. by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3. The Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships will take place Jan. 20-25.Visit brecksnowflakechallenge.com or call 970-453-2200 for registration or more information.