7.International Snow Sculpture Championships, Breckenridge, Colorado
At the International Snow Sculpture Championships in Breckenridge, five-person teams of ice sculptors from across the globe are selected to carve sculptures using only hand tools; unlike many other competitions, the use of power tools and colorants is prohibited.
After a 65-hour (five day) carving period, judges select the winning sculptures based on theme, style and technique. The sculptures stay on display for five days following the judging -- weather permitting -- though visitors can attend the competition at any time.
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