Winter Carnival 2015: Snowy characters |

Winter Carnival 2015: Snowy characters

Students turn snow into sculptures

Don’t be alarmed at the sight of a larger-than-life penguin or walrus taking shape on the Lincoln Avenue sidewalk this week.

Part of downtown’s transformation into a snow sports event arena during the annual Winter Carnival includes the creation of large snow sculptures outside participating businesses.

Students from Steamboat Springs High School, Heritage Christian School and Steamboat Mountain School sign up and submit proposals for creatures and creations they hope to sculpt.

“We try to go by what the theme of the Winter Carnival is each year,” said Ann Brenner, secretary to the athletic director at Steamboat Springs High School and one of the contest coordinators.

Brenner said between 55 and 60 students sign up for the snow sculpture event and are divided into about 14 small teams.

Each is assigned a block of packed snow placed in front of participating businesses.

Participating students are able to skip class Feb. 5 to work on their creations, many of which include animals and have been inventive in the past, Brenner said.

“We had a fox one year that was absolutely adorable, and they made it so you could sit on it,” Brenner said.

Other past sculptures include penguins, a walrus, a large wagon and a snow jail that people could climb inside for a photo opportunity.

Sometimes students plan a sculpture to look like one thing and change course mid-way through the build, Brenner said.

Interactive sculptures that you can get on or inside of are encouraged, she said.

Students spend from about 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. creating the sculptures, which remain on display on Lincoln Avenue throughout the Winter Carnival weekend.

A secret team of judges evaluates students as they are building as well as the finished product, and prizes are awarded to the top three sculptures.

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