Open call for 105th Winter Carnival snow sculpture designs

Steamboat Springs High School students Grant Andrews, far left, Drew Williamson, center, and Riley Brodie work on their group's snow sculpture for the 104th Winter Carnival.
John F. Russell

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – The Winter Carnival snow sculptures will return to Lincoln Avenue again this year, and in 2018, the theme is “Steamboat’s Olympic Spirit.”

The sculpture building, which used to be created exclusively by area high school students, was opened up to a greater segment of the community last year when the Steamboat Springs Arts Council took over managing the longstanding tradition.

Snow artists will also have the chance to hone their sculpting skills at a series of free workshops with renowned artists like Sandy Graves.

Snow sculpture designs are judged and must be turned into Kim Keith, SSAC executive director, at the Depot Art Center no later than midnight Jan. 29.

“If last year was any indication, we can expect some amazing sculptures this year,” Keith said.

Because of the difficulty of trucking in snow and closing Lincoln Avenue, sculptures will be clustered in easy-to-access areas.

Six sculptures are guaranteed for high school entries, although more can be built if designs are approved. Steamboat Springs, Hayden, and South Routt high schools, as well as Steamboat Mountain School, are welcome to participate.

Design sketches will be judged by a blind jury based on the criteria of originality, feasibility, submission quality and theme relevance.

Snow sculpture judging will take place on the afternoon of Feb. 9 during Steamboat’s 105th Winter Carnival. To make the event a little competitive, there will be “Best in Show” and “People’s Choice” awards presented to the community and business teams.

There must be five participants per team, and high school teams are required to have five members per team including an adult. All team members need to be listed on the application.

Applications can be found at

To submit a snow sculpture design, email them to or drop off designs at the Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1.

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