THE annual International Snow Sculpture Competition came to a close this morning as the tired and cold artists were forced to put down their tools and wait for a verdict on who would be crowned this year’s winner.
The most surprising entrants- Mexico, Greece, and Australia- were all from warm countries, giving their representatives less opportunity to practice their skills at home.
That has not hurt them in the past, however, as the Mexican team were last year’s victors. The competition is held in Breckenridge, Colorado, and has been for the past 21 years. The event’s organizers arrange for snow to be collected by dump trucks and compacted using wooden frames and snow blowing machines. The snow is packed in by the strong feet of five to ten volunteers who jump on top of the snow to compress it before more snow is then added. –Daily Mail
The finished product is a 20-tonne block of snow that is 10 feet long, 10 feet wide, and 12 feet high. When the event begins, the teams have 65 hours spread over the course of five days to turn their blocks into masterpieces.