Winter Carnival 2017: Snow sculptures make a comeback |

Winter Carnival 2017: Snow sculptures make a comeback

Scott Franz

Lorenzo Conseco, front, and Eric Samuelson put the finishing touches on their snow sculpture along Lincoln Avenue on Thursday morning. Students from Steamboat Springs High School built most of the sculptures, which are a long-running Winter Carnival tradition.

— The snow sculptures caused quite a stir when they were abruptly pulled from the 2016 Winter Carnival lineup after there weren't enough high school students interested in participating that year.

But the yearlong hiatus and the community outcry that followed is poised to deliver even better sculptures when the decades-old tradition is revived this year.

The sculpture building, which used to be created exclusively by area high school students, was opened up to a greater segment of the community.

Community members also have had chances to hone their sculpting skills at a series of free workshops with renowned sculptor Sandy Graves.

The sculpture revival prompted Main Street Steamboat Springs Executive Director Lisa Popovich to make a bold prediction.

"I think this is gonna be one of the best Winter Carnivals ever," Popovich said. "There are so many exciting things going on, and there's this new energy around the snow sculptures. Sometimes, when stuff goes away, we realize how much we miss it."

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There will be up to 20 sponsored snow sculptures in the carnival.

Look for the snow sculptures on the corners of Lincoln Avenue.