"Brighter Than Ever" - USA Breckenridge, Colorado.
Twelfth Annual International Snow Sculpture Championships in Breckenridge, Colorado.
(20 photos): Picture Index Slide Show
The Twelfth Annual International Snow Sculpture Championships were held in Breckenridge, Colorado from January 29 to February 3, 2002. For several years this wintertime event remained on a small scale, bringing everyone from merchants to school children into the fold of snow sculpting. However, in the late 1980s, the
event broadened to a state-wide competition. And in 1991 Breckenridge hosted the first International Snow Sculpture Championships.
Since its inception, the event has fostered a spirit of world-wide artistic camaraderie, bringing together cultures as diverse as Russia, China, Japan, Morocco, Belize, Finland, France, New Zealand, Switzerland, Sweden, Mexico, Wales, and Canada just to name a few. Language barriers are broken down; political differences are set aside and the result; art, pure and simple.
Each 4 person team carves unique sculptures, oftentimes depicting cultural influences, proud heritages and aspirations of those whose skill are involved. Only hand tools are allowed in the competition; no power tools may be used.
Team Canada captured 1st place in the 2002 International Snow Sculpture Championships with "His Mistress". Second place went to the Russian Team for their artwork entitled "Prometheus". Finishing in third place was Team USA - Breckenridge with "Brighter Than Ever". Team Canada also received the awards for the People's Choice, the Kids' Choice and Artists' Choice.
Breckenridge, Colorado is located approximately 80 miles southwest of Denver in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. At an elevation of 9,603 feet, it has a year-round population of 2,803, with a peak population of 34,886 (during ski seasons).
Breckenridge has been a thriving town since 1859. It is the oldest continually-occupied community in the Colorado mountains. It is lined with hundreds of 19th-century buildings that have withstood the 20th-century test of time. It has an eclectic array of restaurants, shops, galleries and clubs which provide the perfect compliment to the abundant outdoor recreation. A community steeped in tradition, culture, festivals and a sense of place. Breckenridge sits in the Rocky Mountains' most beautiful alpine valley and has the world's bluest skies. It remains a genuine town with a remarkable Gold Rush history.For more information go to: www.GoBreck.com, Breckenridge.Snow.com, and www.ShopsInBreckenridge.com
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