Teams have until Thursday to enter 106th annual Winter Carnival snow sculpture contest |

Teams have until Thursday to enter 106th annual Winter Carnival snow sculpture contest

Steamboat Springs High School students work on a snow sculpture during a past Winter Carnival snow sculpture competition. (Photo by John F. Russell)

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — New to the art of sculpting snow?

Steamboat Creates has just the thing to calm any apprehensions about carving a masterpiece in the snow.

A Snow Glow snow carving instruction event, featuring tips and tricks and glow sticks, will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, at West Lincoln Park — just in time for the 106th annual Winter Carnival snow sculpture contest, which will take place Feb. 6 to 10.

If you go

What: Snow Glow
When: 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29
Where: West Lincoln Park, 1305 Lincoln Ave.

“The snow creatures we will be creating are easy to make and can create a unique gateway to Winter Carnival,” said Sylvie Piquet, Steamboat Creates special events and facility manager. “It’s a precursor to practice a smaller version of the bigger design in mind.”

At the Snow Glow, instructors will help participants learn various sculpting techniques and information on tools that can be used for carving or to cut big chunks of snow and tips for adhering snow on the sculptures.

Community members and high school students are encouraged to put together teams of five to create sculptures that resemble the 2019 Winter Carnival theme, “Blast of Winter: Snow Play.”

The deadline to apply as a community team, which is open to all ages and abilities, has been extended to Thursday, Jan. 31.

Snow packing for the 22 sculptures will begin Wednesday, Feb. 6. Each sculpture begins with a 4-foot by 4-foot by 8-foot block of snow.

Sculpting will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, with judging to begin at 4 p.m. that day. Community teams compete for Best in Show and the People’s Choice Award, and school teams can earn scholarship prizes for first, second and third place.

“The best time to see them, depending on weather, is Thursday evening,” said Dagny McKinley, Steamboat Creates development coordinator. “The past two years have been unseasonably warm, so the coloring and detail in some of the sculptures melted by the following day.”

Applications for teams can be found on and can be submitted to by Thursday, Jan. 31.

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

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