Snow sculpture contest returns

The Vernon Winter Carnival is carving out the details for the return of an old tradition.

The Vernon Winter Carnival is carving out the details for the return of an old tradition.

The snow sculpture competition returns for the 2012 Winter Carnival.

The event did not run this past year and was missed by the community and the participants involved.  In the past, the winners from this competition represented B.C. at the national competition held during the Quebec Winter Carnival.

The re-introduction of the event is due to the support of two community partners: Tourism Vernon and Silver Star Mountain Resort.

“Working together is what this event is all about.  We are very pleased to partner with Silver Star Resort and delighted that Vernon will once again have a presence at the Quebec Winter Carnival,” said Michelle Jefferson, Vernon’s manager of tourism services.

Snow sculpting is an important event for Winter Carnival, and everyone is invited to be a part of the opening weekend festivities.

The sculptures will return to their home on Silver Star Mountain where they have impressed residents and visitors for many years with their incredible size and creative design.

“It’s always amazing to watch the sculptors working around the clock turning the snow here at the resort into a beautiful work of art. It’s just too bad they don’t last all winter long,” said Robin Baycroft, Silver Star Mountain Resort services manager.

The community can view the sculptures being carved starting 10 a.m. Feb. 3 until 10 a.m. Feb. 5, before the awards presentation takes place at 11 a.m.

The winning team will then move on to compete nationally at the Quebec Winter Carnival the following January.

The Vernon Winter Carnival Society applauds the partnership which has allowed the return of the snow sculpture competitions.

“This really demonstrates community and community partnership,” said Dave Fletcher, Vernon Winter Carnival Society chairperson.