23rd Jan, 2012

Snow Sculpting Competition Great Time to Search for Breckenridge Homes

Gather the family together this week to search for a vacation home in Breckenridge.  A fascinating drama unfolds while watching some of the world top snow/ice sculpting teams in action at the Riverwalk Center.  And the market for Breckenridge Colorado real estate is hot!  We kid you not.

The historic Victorian village of Breckenridge nestles into the pristine properties of Summit County in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  As it intertwines the charming town with the world-class Breckenridge Ski Resort, the vibrant Breckenridge community has drawn exciting new talent to the 2012 Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships Presented by Cadillac.  This is 22nd annual competition held in Breckenridge.

Breckenridge HomesLast week, residents of Breckenridge CO homes and their guests welcomed artists from several countries, including many medal winners.  Acclaimed Team China and Team Canada-Yukon are among them.  The ardently prepared 20-ton blocks of ice are ready to be transformed.

Sculpting begins at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 and continues throughSaturday, January 28, 2012.  Fifteen top-notch snow-sculpting teams will use hand tools “to uncover the beauty frozen within the blocks.”

On January 20, 2012, Kimberly Nicoletti quoted event cofounder Rob Neyland in the Summit Daily News describing the excitement on tap.  “A lot of these teams bring their charismatic color to the event….Snow sculpting is a performing art; it is a living art form that is performed on the public stage.”Neyland is describing the zest embodied in the living process of creating monumental ice sculptures.  And onlookers watch in awe.

The Breckenridge competition is one of the top 10 international snow/ice sculpting competitions.  Each year the caliber of teams, designs, and quality of sculpting has improved.  Only 15 of 32 entrants have been chosen to participate in the 2012 event.  Judges evaluated each team’s proposal and selected those that looked the most striking and practical.  They also took into consideration each team’s competitive standing and ability to make the trek to the United States.

Other participating teams include Team Breckenridge, Team Alaska, Team Wisconsin, Team Greece/USA-Idaho, Team Australia/USA, three teams from Canada and others from Spain, China, Finland, Germany, Baltic, Mexico, and Switzerland.

Anyone who misses the actual sculpture “performance” this week can still come out to the finished ice artwork through Sunday, February 5, 2012.  Next year’s Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships will be held January 22-26, 2013 with the viewing week January 27 through February 3, 2013.

For information about buying real estate in the scenic mountain villages, call Barrie Stimson, Breckenridge Realtor®  at (970) 390-2560.

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