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The Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships are coming to Breckenridge

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 by Mark Grattan_ISSCThe traditional start of the 23rd Annual Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships is Tuesday, January 22nd at 11 a.m. with a gunshot start. The Snow Sculpture Championship is the signature winter event in Breckenridge and brings top snow sculpting talent from around the world for the week to compete for the glory of being the world’s best.

The idea is simple and is brought to life on a grand scale. 16 teams compete and using only hand tools they will carve beautiful and intricate sculptures into 20 ton blocks of snow that stand 12 feet high! The sculptures tower over spectators as they are transformed over the course of the week. The design of the sculptures is only constrained by the creativity of the participating teams and can be anything from geometrical shapes that defy gravity to heartwarming scenes to political statements. The best part is sculpting week where the blocks of snow are slowly transformed and the artists are accessible and enjoy conversing with spectators about their creations.

The Snow Sculpture Championship takes place in the River Walk Center Parking Lot and all around the River Walk Center. You really can’t miss it as the sculptures stand 12 feet tall and can be seen from many places around Breckenridge. In addition to the sculptures competing there will also be sponsor sculptures and a sculpture specifically for kids to play on. There is also the Ice Village that displays ice sculptures that are truly amazing. Be sure to check out the Event Headquarters that display the history of the event as well as sell merchandise related to the Snow Sculpture Championships.

The sculpting begins on Tuesday Jan 22nd and will continue until noon on Saturday the 26th. At that time the judging will commence and the awards ceremony will be Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. Friday, January 24 is one of the best times to visit. Artists are preparing to stay up all night to do detail work and the atmosphere is celebratory.

If you can’t make it for Sculpting Week come for Viewing Week. During viewing week, the artists are done sculpting but the sculptures are here for your viewing pleasure. Weather permitting the snow sculptures will stay up until the night of Sunday, February 3, 2013.

The Budweiser Snow Sculpture is a Breckenridge winter event not to be missed. In addition to spectacular Breckenridge skiing and riding the Snow Sculpture Championship adds the perfect element of fun, wonder and excitement to any Breckenridge vacation.

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Midwinter in Breckenridge

A street light and and building in the winter at night in BreckenridgeMidwinter in Breckenridge is here and what a perfect time to enjoy a little R&R. Breckenridge is alive with activities and events in the February/March timeframe. There is so much to do in Breckenridge that it is impossible to fit everything in to just one trip. With events like Mardi Gras and a wide variety of activities you will not find yourself bored in Breckenridge.

Fat Tuesday is February 12th and the Main Street procession lights up Breckenridge with floats, beads, candy, revelry awesome bar specials and more. The annual kickoff to the carnival season is a Breckenridge tradition. Come enjoy the party on Main Street.

February and March are the best months for skiing and riding. The snow is still dry and fluffy and the temperatures start to warm up a little and winter eases in cold embrace on Breckenridge. The days get a little longer and there is plenty of terrain for everybody to enjoy. On Mountain events and activities include the Breck Ascent Series, the Gold Runner Roller Coaster, Great deals on ski school and more. Take advantage of the best snow and best weather in midwinter.

Outdoor winter activities in Breckenridge include Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, snowmobiling, snowcat rides, ice skating, dog sledding, tubing and more. These are all pretty high adventure but designed for the whole family. Even an activity as adrenaline packed as snowmobiling offers smaller snowmobiles for kids. Try something that celebrates the outdoors but is not downhill skiing and snowboarding.

Exploring Breckenridge’s history is a year-round activity that all can enjoy. There are many ways to dig into Breckenridge’s rich history that span’s 150 year and is full of stories and characters. The best place to start uncovering the history of Breckenridge is at the Breckenridge Welcome Center. The Breckenridge Welcome Center is a great resource for things to do in Breckenridge but is also a 2 floor museum that highlights the history of Breckenridge. The Breckenridge Welcome Center is also the starting point for the historic walking tours of town that are put on by the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance. A Historic Walking tour is the perfect way to spend an afternoon and to get acquainted with the expansive Breckenridge Historic District which is the largest historic district in Colorado. If you are looking for something a little more interesting try a trip to the Country Boy Mine. This mine operates year-round and is a wonderful example of a working gold mine from the mid 1800’s. The mine shaft plunges a quarter mile into the side of a mountain and the tour is insightful and entertaining.

If you are looking for something a little less adventurous and maybe history is not your thing try the shopping, dining, art, theater, nightlife and more that dots Main Street. There are so many boutiques, restaurants, nightclubs, shops and more to explore on Main and Ridge streets that you could spend a day exploring and still find more. Breckenridge also offers a collection of art galleries displaying mountain based art and more. Try an evening play at the Backstage Theater or take in a discount movie at the Speakeasy movie theater.

Midwinter in Breckenridge is when the spirit and vibrancy of Breckenridge truly shine. Main Street pulses with energy and warmth so come up and see the charm and friendliness that is Breckenridge in midwinter.

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Family poses with dogs after dog sledding in BreckenridgeOur family was able to spend a few wonderful days in the winter at Grand Lodge and we didn’t even ski! We experienced some crazy spins on the slopes of Frisco’s adventure park & loved the dog sledding with Good Times Adventures. Hawk (Our lead husky) was a complete stud! The Grand Lodge on Peak 7 was beautiful and full of friendly and accomodating staff. Great memories!

Name: Kevin McNeill
City: Broomfield
State: CO.