Breckenridge snow sculptors hoping for cooler weather

9:08 PM, Jan 25, 2013   |    comments
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For the past six years Stephan Henderson has been volunteering as a host at the Breckenridge International Snow Sculpting Championships.

"We act like PR for the teams, because they have to sculpt. They only have 65 hours," Henderson said.

As he talks to the many people stopping by, it's clear Henderson knows his stuff. Dressed in an eye catching Star Trek jacket, it's clear he's also a fan of Star Trek.

"I am a Star Trek fan from way back," Henderson said.

Now much like science fiction he and thousands of others are watching 20 ton blocks of manmade snow transform into works of art. Greg Gutzki, with the Breckenridge Snow Sculpting Tech Crew, says they are being created by 15 teams from 14 different countries.

"It's a wide representation from all over the world," Gutzki said.

Teams use only hand tools and have been working in less than ideal snow sculpting conditions. All week, warm temps and lots of sun have been making things difficult.

"We have had some really nice weather but not nice for carving. It's been sunny in the 40s," Gutzki said.

The good news: a day before teams are to finish sculpting, cooler weather mixed with snow and clouds rolled into the Breckenridge area. It's just in time for the big crowds who want to see completed works of frozen art.

"Over 100,000 people visit this event while the sculptures are up," Gutzki said.

The sculptures will stay up weather permitting until Feb. 3.

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