Shred Some Ice: The World Ice Art Championships in Fairbanks, Alaska
If you own a car and get up to Fairbanks, Alaska this winter, you won’t want to miss the BP World Ice Art Championships, one of Alaska’s largest events and an amazing road trip destination hot spot (well, cold spot!). The Championships are held annually from late February to late March, and the month-long event takes place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day. Over 100 artists compete on 70 international teams, and over 45,000 visitors come from around the world to see the ice sculpting in action.
If you’re a photographer, there are two rounds of contests–the single block and double block–that will give you plenty of gorgeous, color-lit ice sculptures that are eye-candy to a shutterbug. Newcomers to the world of ice sculpting will get a chance to watch sculptors do their thing with blow torches, chainsaws and every tool in between. If you think you can master a single block of ice, check out the amateur division, which is open to any team of two novice sculptors. There’s no winner–only a block of ice–but the fun and stress release of chopping at a block of ice–especially after a particularly hard exam–cannot be beat. For those who want to learn the craft, sculpting classes are also available during the month-long event.
Admission to the BP World Ice Art Championships is affordable–only $10 per person–and includes all-day admission to the sculpture area and “Ice Park” of ice-created slides. This once-in-a-lifetime competition is worth the trip if you can appreciate some well-shredded ice, and the pics are sure to impress.
By Leah Waldron