SNOW ALERT: Breckenridge, Colorado – Jan. 31, 2016

31 January 2016

Breckenridge Ski Resort received 14 inches of snow in the last 24 hours and more is forecasted tonight into tomorrow! The storm has been talked about all week and folks enjoyed the snow all across the state of Colorado. Anywhere up to another foot of snow is expected in the coming 36 hours.
 
Photos and video from snow at Breck today (credit Breckenridge Ski Resort): https://vailresorts.box.com/BreckSnowJan-31-2016
 
Continue to watch the snow fall in Breck on the live snow stake. Conditions are fantastic leading into February and lodging deals including 25 percent off for four nights or more can be found at www.breckenridge.com/deals.
 
Additionally, the Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships are currently going on for viewing in Breckenridge through Feb. 7!
 
Winners of the International Snow Sculpting Championships in Breckenridge, Colorado were announced, and three U.S. teams are taking home awards. 16 teams from all over the world have been sculpting 20-ton blocks of snow since Tuesday. The award ceremony took place on Saturday evening as 11 inches of fresh snow fell into Sunday morning.
 
Photos for use of Snow Sculpture Championships: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/xatrn84wkzpmrzl/AACTO4EBisQ1pM2ur5pd259Ba/Events/Snow%20Sculpture?dl=0 (credit images to Carl Scofield / Breckenridge Tourism Office)
 
Team USA-Vermont won Gold in the 26th annual International Snow Sculpture Championships with “Rhonda and Her Recycling Robo-Octopus,” a piece that depicted 14-year-old science whiz Rhonda riding inside her invention – the Robo-Octopus – which helps clean the ocean floor. Judges appreciated the piece’s achievements both technically and conceptually, and the appeal for audiences on multiple levels.
 
Along with 15 other teams, Vermont sculptors worked with only hand tools for 65 hours across five days to create a temporary outdoor art gallery. Sculptures will remain on display at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge, Colo. until Sunday, Feb. 7 (weather permitting). Visit SculptSnow.com for detailed event information.
 
  • Team Switzerland won Silver with “Converse.” The sculpture depicted two structures, almost identical, yet converse.
  • Team USA-Loveland won Bronze with “Bolting from Extinction,” a piece rooted in the idea that nature does not know extinction because it only knows transformation.
  • Team USA-Wisconsin won Artists’ Choice with “Dia de los Muertos,” which represented an altar seen during the Mexican holiday.
  • People’s Choice and Kid’s Choice will be announced Sunday, Jan. 31.
  • Beginning Monday, Feb. 1, fans can vote for Social Media Fan Favorite on Facebook.com/GoBreck
Jenn Cram, judge coordinator and director of public programs and engagement for Breckenridge Creative Arts commented on behalf of the judging panel: “Vermont’s sculpture is visually delightful, it appeals to the child in all of us while addressing a serious global issue. The piece combined both technical risk and a high level of detail. It is superbly executed in 360 degrees.”
 
Artists battled a mix of conditions – sunshine, varied temperatures and wind – during competition week. Several pieces partially collapsed shortly after the sculpting deadline of 10:00 a.m. MST on Saturday, Jan. 30. It was a reminder of the temporary nature of the medium and just how willing teams are to push the limits of snow. Judges recognized both German teams (whose pieces fell prior to the deadline) for their willingness to take risks. “We know that they are always contenders for this event,” said Cram.
 
An official awards ceremony took place today at the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center. Winners receive medals and recognition from the international snow sculpture community – though no prize money is awarded, all teams receive travel stipends, meals and lodging. The result is one of the world’s most prestigious snow sculpting events, where teams are known to take risks and come together in the spirit of camaraderie.
 
Teams competing included Canada (Yukon), Estonia, Finland, France, Germany (Agrawal), Germany (Theil), Great Britain, Mexico, Mongolia (Batmunkh), Mongolia (Bayanmunkh), Switzerland, USA (Breckenridge), USA (Loveland), USA (Vermont), USA (Wisconsin), and Ukraine. Visit BreckConnection.com for start to finish photos and video.
 
The Breckenridge Tourism Office is the destination marketing organization for the Town of Breckenridge. Visit GoBreck.comfor more information or connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @GoBreck for the latest news and updates.


 
About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading global mountain resort operator. The Company’s subsidiaries operate nine world-class mountain resorts and three urban ski areas, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Perisher in Australia; Afton Alps in Minnesota, Mt. Brighton in Michigan and Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin. The Company owns and/or manages a collection of casually elegant hotels under the RockResorts brand, as well as the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning and development subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com

 

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