15 Teams And A High Of 15°

Overview

A bird’s eye view before “tools down” at 11am on Saturday, February 2nd.

For the past 18 years, the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition finals have taken place in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Teams from all around the country come to craft frozen sculptures using nothing more than old-fashioned hand tools, clean snow and raw creativity.

As a sponsor, Lands’ End outfitted all 15 teams in our Squall® 3-in-1 Jacket. Through four days of carving, most teams worked well into the night, turning their 8-foot wide, 9-foot tall snow blocks into works of art. And most nights saw temps drop well below zero.

When we talked with the teams about the jackets, they all admitted that at first they were worried about the Squall’s ability to perform in frigid temperatures. Then genuinely surprised at how warm it kept them – especially at night. And they really appreciated the Squall’s lightweight, easy-to-maneuver design.
Because to be a snow sculptor, you need to be “50% artist and 50% contortionist.”

The weather this year proved as fierce as the competition. And the teams carved some of the most elaborate sculptures ever.


The Sculptors

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1st Place

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“Dancing Flame” by Wisconsin Team 2

2nd Place

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“Walla Walla Bing Bang” by Michigan

3rd Place

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“Nisdaat Ku-eex” (Translation: The Last Dance) by Alaska

People’s Choice

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“Quis ut Deus” by Illinois Team 3

Wisconsin Team1, sponsored by Lands’ End.

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The “Snowblind” team members Neal, Jon and Mike have been carving snow together for almost a decade. Their sculpture, “Migration” towered over the grounds.

“Migration” in clay.

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“Migration”

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Approximately 42 hours from block to beautiful.

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“Rondure” by New Hampshire

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“Lake Geneva Flight of the Piasa” by Iowa

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“Angle Fish” by Illinois Team 5

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“Oh Yes We Kraken” by Illinois Team 2

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“Egg Roll” by New York

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“Hello Kitty” by Illinois Team 1

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Brushing the “Kitty”

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“Fish Tank” by Illinois Team 4

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“War Bonnett” by Nebraska

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“Solar Pagoda” by Vermont

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“Mechanical Daydream” by Minnesota

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