Wednesday, 26 November 2008

PRESS TRIP: Breckenridge, Colorado - International Snow Sculpture Championships

PRESS TRIP ANNOUNCEMENT: Experience the transformation of snow into art at Breckenridge's International Snow Sculpture Championships

DESTINATION: Breckenridge, Colorado

DATES: Any time between January 20 – 25, 2009

INCLUSIONS: Lodging and a press pass to Breckenridge’s International Snow Sculpture Championships. Some meals and activities included. Airfare and transportation assistance may be available to qualified journalists.

EXCLUSIONS: Hard alcohol, gratuities, activities away from the property and all personal purchases.

JOURNALIST REQUIREMENTS: Seeking one or two journalists on assignment with a major outdoor publication, daily newspaper travel section or a major travel publication. If you are a freelancer, you may be eligible for this trip, however writers with assignments will be given priority. Please provide clips or links to current articles or publications. Journalists will be considered based on the criteria of national exposure, circulation of publication and Letter of Assignment.

DESCRIPTION: Experience the visual grace of the creation and exhibition of fleeting art. The Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships return to the Victorian mountain town of Breckenridge, Colorado for the 19th year from January 20-25, 2009.

For the 2009 event,16 teams from around the globe have been invited to compete from nine countries including Bulgaria, Canada, China, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the USA. Snow Sculpting is attended annually by more than 30,000 people of all ages from across America and the world and has ben named by USA Today as "one of the top 10 ways to celebrate winter." During the event, four-person teams are assigned 12-foot-tall, 20-ton blocks of machine-made snow. These teams work within a five-day period to create sensational sculptures. From these blocks of snow, the teams often create enormous pieces of whimsy, although some deliver powerful political or social commentary. Some sculptures are even interactive and allow spectators to experience the tactile as well as visual grace of the fleeting exhibit (photos available upon request.)

While in Breckenridge, journalists will also have the opportunity to experience the town's unique mining history (Breckenridge celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2009) and the wealth of adventure waiting just out the backdoor. Possible activities to experience include cross country skiing, snowshoeing, downhill skiing, ice skating, a sleigh ride, dog sledding and more.

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