BRECKENRIDGE – The 14 teams participating in the 2006 International Snow Sculpture Championships got started chipping away at their 12-feet-tall, 20-ton blocks of snow at the Riverwalk Center at 11 a.m. sharp Tuesday. They’ll have 65 hours to work the snow into the art they envision before judging Saturday. Spectators should make sure to bring shades when heading over to check out the artists at work during the day – the snow glare’s a killer. Once there, interact with the artists as they work and chart the progress of the snow sculptures, which will be taking shape through the end of the week. At night, the lighted sculptures gain new perspectives and angles to view. Kristen Petitt with the Breckenridge Resort Chamber said the sculptures will really begin to take shape Thursday and Friday. Since teams will be allowed to work all night Friday until Saturday morning, Petitt suggested checking on a snow sculpture throughout the night – before and after dinner or on your way to and from the bar.To get the big picture of the event, Petitt suggested a Saturday tour of the sculptures starting at the south end of Adams Avenue, where it dead-ends into the Riverwalk Center. There, spectators will see a big block of snow that demonstrates what the teams of artists began with. Then walk north along the parking lot and end at the Riverwalk Center near the stage.People’s Choice award votes can be made to volunteers throughout the event location with a $1 donation that benefits the snow sculpting championships. Since parking at the Riverwalk Center is limited, spectators may want to park at the free skier lots. There is also free, day parking available at the Courthouse Lot, located off the alley between Wellington and Lincoln, the Barney Ford Lot, located at the corner of Ridge Street and Washington Avenue, the Wellington and East Sawmill lots at Wellington and Main and the French Street Lot on the corner of French Street and Jefferson Avenue.Near the amphitheater stage, viewers can check out the Summit Snowflake Championships sponsored by the Summit County Arts Council, which shows works by local school students.Snow sculptures will remain for viewing through Feb. 5, weather permitting.
2006 Schedule of Events Tuesday, January 24 11 a.m. Shotgun Start Opening Ceremony at the Riverwalk Center 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sculpting begins11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Event Headquarters Open Includes: Sculptor Art Exhibit (creative works of a nonsnow medium), event historical display, merchandise sales 4-6 p.m. Summit Snowflake Championships at event headquarters’ lawn welcome ceremony and reception with an introduction of teams at Main Street Station – Limited ticket availability (970-547-3100) Wednesday, January 25 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sculpting continues
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Event headquarters’ open Includes: Sculptor Art Exhibit, event historical display, merchandise sales4-6 p.m. Summit Snowflake Championships at event headquarters’ lawn Thursday, January 267 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sculpting continues 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Event Headquarters Open Includes: Sculptor Art Exhibit, event historical display and merchandise sales4-6 p.m. Summit Snowflake Championships at the event headquarters lawn Friday, January 27 7 a.m. Sculpting continues – artists allowed to sculpt all night 4-5 p.m. Summit Snowflake Championships concludes at the event headquarters’ lawn
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Event Headquarters Open includes: People’s Choice and Kids’ Choice Voting, Sculptor Art Exhibit, event historical display and merchandise sales Saturday, January 28 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Event Headquarters Open includes: People’s Choice and Kids’ Choice Voting, Sculptor Art Exhibit, event historical display, merchandise sales and public hospitality tent 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. “Winter Wonders” playground of children’s activities at the event headquarters’ lawnNoon Unveiling of Sculptures 3 p.m. Awards Ceremony at the RiverWalk Center Amphitheater Sunday, January 29 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Event Headquarters Open Includes: People’s Choice and Kids’ Choice Voting (from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.), Sculptor Art Exhibit, event historical display, merchandise sales and public hospitality tent 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. “Winter Wonders” playground of children’s activities at the event headquarters’ lawn
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