Creativity on display in Steamboat for Winter Carnival |

Creativity on display in Steamboat for Winter Carnival

Snow sculpture contest to take place Feb. 3

Kevin Finch, front, and Matthew Jones, of Christian Heritage School, work on a Winter Carnival snow sculpture along Lincoln Avenue before the 2010 Winter Carnival. The student snow sculptures are an annual carnival tradition.
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— For years, Alice Holmquist has envied those old enough to create one of the snow sculptures that line Lincoln Avenue for Winter Carnival.

Holmquist, a freshman at Steam­boat Springs High School, now has her chance. She, freshman Emma Wilson and four of their hockey teammates hope their design — a snowman holding a hockey stick — is among the 18 groups of six students chosen for this year’s annual midwinter celebration.

“I’ve always wanted to make one,” she said.

A committee of school faculty and community members will select from among the designs, said Ann Brenner, the high school’s athletic secretary. She said the designs that are most creative and most reflect the 98th annual Winter Carnival theme of Building Athletes … Building Individuals will be chosen to sculpt Feb. 3.

Brenner said the committee had 27 entries to choose from last year.

All students were eligible for the sculpture contest, but there were a few conditions, Brenner said. She said students couldn’t have outstanding detentions or an F during the week of the Winter Carnival. And she said students had to have permission from their parents.

Brenner said the students chosen — including a group from Christian Heritage School — would work with Steamboat Springs public works employees to fill wooden frames with snow in front of downtown businesses Feb. 2, the day before the sculpture contest. She said the businesses pay to sponsor the sculptures.

Art teacher Morgan Peterson will be strolling along Lincoln Avenue with a backpack full of tools offering advice and encouragement. Peterson, who experienced her first student sculpture contest last year, said it’s indicative of Steamboat’s sense of community.

“It’s just really great Steamboat isn’t caught up in what it looks like but is caught up in the community event, to take a chance on a group of students to build these sculptures,” she said.

Two community members and Steamboat Springs High School Principal Kevin Taulman will judge the sculptures. The winners will be awarded Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association bucks — $90 for first, $60 for second and $30 for third.

Most students cited the day off school as a reason for wanting to participate. Although it is a perk, it isn’t the only reason, senior Patrick Weston said.

“I think it’s awesome,” he said. “It not only shows school spirit, but shows community spirit. And being able to do it downtown shows that the community supports our school.”

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