Are you enjoying all of these unseasonably warm days or are you yearning for ice and snow?
While colder temperatures and maybe snow may be in the forecast for this week, last weeks warm temperatures had neighbors in Colorado Springs enjoying the January thaw. There was plenty of people watering their lawns and trees, kids playing at the playground without coats, and a lot of Coloradans wondering if they could retire their snow shovels for the season. But in parts of Colorado ice and snow are covering the landscape even if they have to truck it in!
Last weekend, Breckinridge, Colorado hosted the International Snow Sculpture Championships where teams from all over the world competed to turn tons of snow into amazing sculptures. This free annual event was started in 1991 and this year 15 teams from around the world created one of a kind snow masterpieces with Team Mongolia taking 1st prize with their snow sculpture featuring warriors on horseback.
If you missed this event make sure to mark your calendar for next year! Another festival that features the magical combination of frozen water and talented artists is The Cripple Creek Ice Festival.
Although I’ve never been to this festival I’ve heard a lot of positive comments from friends who have gone to this magical winter weekend. This year Cripple Creek, Colorado celebrates the 6th annual festival with the theme of Mythological Wonderland. There are two weekends of fun activities February 9-10 and February 16-17. You can look for an event schedule here and if it’s like previous years expect food vendors, ice carving demonstrations with chainsaws and other tools, arts and craft vendors and events for both kids and adults.
Cripple Creek Ice Festival
Have you been to the Cripple Creek Ice Festival or the Breckinridge International Snow Sculpture Championships? Let us know in the comments?