Snow & Ice

The snow sculptures shown here were made by first packing up a large pile of snow in a similar manner as with sand sculptures, small layers at a time. The larger snow piles are best left to sit and harden for a few days until they are carved using picks, pick axes, shovels and chisels for any fine details. The small snowman size piles are usually done when it is warm and the snow packs really well so no waiting is necessary.


The small ice sculptures are usually carved from a single block of ice that is purchased from ice companies which is 11 x 22 x 44 inches in size and weighs 330 pounds. The larger ice sculptures require stacking these blocks of ice to the size of the sculpture before carving is started. The typical tools for ice carving are a chain saw, chisels, rasps, and a power carving tool similar to a dremel. And let's not forget the rain suit, rubber gloves and very good winter boots. Being waterproof is essential when out in the cold, trust me.


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Attitash 2003


Castle


Castle2

Castle3



Fish


Hammer

Harp Angel

 


Heart & Moon

Ice Jag

Ice Mermaid


Ice Moon


Ice Santa


Ice Swan


Jag


Lost City


Saw Blade



Sax


Slide

Summit

Texaco

Wildcat1

Attitash 2004

Attitash 2005

Attitash 2006
 
 
Attitash 2007
 
Wildcat 2008
 
Attitash 2008
Redhook at Cannon Mt.
2011