More than just snowmen or forts in your backyard, here are 22 exceptional snow sculptures from around the world.
SNOW HAS THE POWER to completely transform a landscape; it’s an almost magical moment to look out the window and see your world covered in white. Snow can itself be transformed into works of art, temporary of course, but dazzling in spite of, or perhaps because of their temporary nature.
2007's winning snow sculpture in Breckenridge, Colorado. Photo: Chris Adams
Scuba Snow Sculpture
Snorkeling in the snow in Anchorage, Alaska at the annual Fur Rondy Festival. It's a 75+ year tradition that celebrates the miners and trappers of Alaska.Photo: Troy B Thompson
Breckendridge Snow Sculpture
"Butterfly Lovers" from Chinese legend - two lovers who turned into butterflies after committing suicide. A dark story, but a beautiful sculpture at the 2005 Breckenridge Snow Sculpture Festival.Photo: Adventures in Librarianship
Japanese Snow Sculpture
A mother bear and her cub at the 2010 Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan.Photo: David McKelvey
Chinese Snow Sculpture
A truly international competition in 2010 at the Harbin Snow and Ice Festival China.Photo: Ivan Walsh
Roller Coaster Snow Sculpture
Hang on! Team USA's entry for the 2009 Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships.Photo: david_shankbone
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