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Snow Sculptures in Anchorage at Fur Rondy

Bundle up and get ready to Rondy! Fur Rendezvous (locally known as Fur Rondy), held in downtown Anchorage every year, has a little something for everyone. Fur Rondy is a beloved 10-day festival that’s been going on since 1935 and usually includes a carnival, parade, fireworks show, sled dog races, and unique fun that you’ll only find in Alaska. One of our favorite annual spectacles that takes place during this event is the Alaska State Snow Sculpture Championship.  

Each year, artists of all levels create intricate works of art with huge blocks of compressed snow to be showcased at the annual event. Check out this year’s masterpieces from February 25 until March 6. Make sure to keep track of your favorites because there’s even the opportunity for you to cast your vote in the People’s Choice Award. There will be a ballot box onsite, and judging begins on February 27. 

Division 1 winners will have the opportunity to go to the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Championship to compete and represent Alaska’s team. The ice sculptures at Fur Rondy are just a taste of the incredible works of cold art to experience in Alaska. For more fun, head up north!

Snow sculpture

Photo credit: Myrna Jensen

Ice Sculptures in Fairbanks at the World Ice Art Championships

The annual World Ice Art Championships take place in Fairbanks at the Tanana Valley Fairgrounds. This spectacular event attracts hundreds of competitors and visitors from all over the world to see magnificent ice sculptures created by hand. You can expect to see dragons, marine animals, and more carved out of giant ice blocks. 

The event opens on February 14 and will close at the end of March. The park will be showcasing the works of art daily from noon to 10 p.m. Ice sculptures on display are created by both masters and amateur artists in abstract and realistic categories. Visitors can also explore different activities within the park, such as dog sledding and an ice playground for kids. Put on your warm winter clothes and gather the family for this fun and unique event! 


Featured photo credit: Juno Kim