Snow sculpture contest added to 2011 Birkie schedule of events

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 4, 2011 11:03 am

HAYWARD, Wis., January 4, 2011 – The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation is looking for artists, both amateur and professional, to participate in the Birkie Snow Sculpture Contest. The contest will be a part of the 2011 Birkie Festivities taking place February 24-26th.

“The Snow Sculpture Contest is a fun way for families, friends, school groups and professional snow sculptors to display their talents and love of snow,” said Ned Zuelsdorff, Executive Director of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF). “This is our first year for the contest and we are allowing 16 teams to enter. The sculptures will be created and displayed around downtown Hayward, Wisconsin.”

The Birkie Snow Sculpture Contest begins at Noon on Thursday, February 24th for the Family/Amateur Teams. Professional Teams may start their sculptures at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, February 25th. The Family/Amateur Teams must complete their sculptures by 1:00 p.m. and Professional Teams by 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 25th. Judging will take place shortly after each contest’s conclusion.

There will be 16 total snow blocks available with eight blocks reserved for the Family/Amateur division and eight blocks for the Professional division. The snow blocks will be four feet by four inches by eight feet high. Professional Teams must reserve their team position by February 10th, after that date any positions remaining will be made available to additional Family/Amateur Teams. A $100 deposit is required per team to reserve a snow block. Once the sculpture is completed and judged, the deposit will be refunded.

All sculptors in the Professional division must be 18 years of age and at least one member of the team in the Family/Amateur division must by 18. The Professional teams may have up to three members on the team and there is no limit on the number of team members for the Family/Amateurs. A complete list of contest rules and registration is available at

“The first, second and third place teams in the Professional and Family/Amateur divisions will be awarded cash prizes,” said Zuelsdorff. “Sculptures will be judged on technical merit including: precision, proportion, degree of difficulty, creativity, aesthetic appeal and quality of workmanship. They will also be judged on artistic impression and creativity and should be based on a winter theme.”

To learn more about the Birkie Snow Sculpture Contest or to register for the contest, log on to, email or call 715/634-5025.

The Birkie Snow Sculpture contest is sponsored by the Hayward Lakes Visitor and Convention Bureau.

More than 8,000 skiers are expected to participate in the 38th anniversary American Birkebeiner and Kortelopet. Another 3,000 are expected for shorter races and events. To learn more about North America’s largest and most prestigious cross country ski race, log on to, email or call 715/634-5025.

-by Cherie Morgan