The 2016 Winners of the International Snow Sculpture Championships

On January 26-30, 2016, the International Snow Sculpture Championships in Breckenridge commenced, and winners have been announced. 250 teams from around the globe were invited to compete, and only 16 teams were selected to compete with hand tools for 65 hours across five days to create a snowy masterpiece.

From those 16, four medal winners were awarded. See the winning sculptures of the 26th Annual Championships below! Or even better, see them in person: Sculptures remain on display in Breckenridge through February 7, 2016.

To learn more, please visit the official website of the International Snow Sculpture Championships.‚Äč


Photo: Sarah W. Frazier

ARTIST' CHOICE AWARD WINNER

TEAM USA – WISCONSIN
“Dia de los Muertos” 
This sculpture represented an altar seen during the Mexican holiday.

 


Photo: Carl Scofield / Breckenridge Tourism Office

3. BRONZE MEDAL WINNER

TEAM USA – Loveland
“Bolting from Extinction"

This piece rooted in the idea that nature does not know extinction because it only knows transformation.

 


Photo: Carl Scofield / Breckenridge Tourism Office

2. SILVER MEDAL WINNER

TEAM SWITZERLAND
"Converse"

The sculpture depicted two structures, almost identical, yet converse.

 


Photo: Carl Scofield / Breckenridge Tourism Office

1. GOLD MEDAL WINNER

TEAM USA – VERMONT
"Rhonda and Her Recycling Robo-Octopus"

This piece that depicted 14-year-old science whiz Rhonda riding inside her invention, the Robo-Octopus, which helps clean the ocean floor. Judges appreciated the piece’s achievements both technically and conceptually, and the appeal for audiences on multiple levels.

 

People’s Choice and Kid’s Choice will be announced Sunday, January 31. Beginning Monday, February 1, fans can vote for Social Media Fan Favorite on Facebook.com/GoBreck.