U.S. Nationals Snow Sculpting Competition this weekend

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John C. Trione Chief Pilot, Lake Geneva Balloon Co.

A week-long celebration of winter in
Lake Geneva

 This week is one of my favorite times of the year in Lake Geneva. It’s Lake Geneva’s Annual Winterfest weekend featuring the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition. The fun thing about this event is there is something for everyone.

Crews spent the last two days building the blocks that the Snow Sculptors will be using for their beautiful creations. The actual sculpting of the snow begins today, Wednesday, Jan. 27th and finishes at 11:00 am on Saturday, Jan. 31st. The snow sculptures are all located on the grounds around the fountain in front of Lake Geneva’s Riviera Docks and Ballroom located on the lakefront of Geneva Lake. You can find out all the details about this year’s event by following this link.

Here is a link to a live cam that overlooks the display area for the competition:

Live Cam view overlooking the Riviera

The ladies and gentleman who come to Lake Geneva each year to create these wonderful works of public art are challenged by whatever weather conditions prevail on that week. Some years, it is cold, snowy and perfect for the sculptors. Some years, however, conditions aren’t perfect. We’ve had warm years and rainy ones too!
But the work continues no matter what the weather conditions are like. As a balloon pilot, I can certainly identify with their hard work being subject to the vagaries of weather.

Last year I took some photos of the sculptures on display. You can find those photos here.

For a short video about U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition click here.

Winterfest comes to Lake Geneva

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LGB Photos by John C. Trione
Lake Geneva’s Annual Winterfest weekend featuring the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition featuring music, magic, refreshments, activities, helicopter rides, shopping and dining. Crowning of the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition Champion’s Award, second, and third place are featured at this great event at the beautiful and famed Riviera on the lake front in downtown Lake Geneva.

Mon, Jan 26th – Tue, 27th – Building of Snow Blocks
Wed, Jan 28th – Fri, Jan 30th – Snow Sculpting Begins
Sat, Jan 31 – Snow Sculpting Ends at 11 am/ Riviera Open 10am-4pm
Sun, Feb 1st – Snow Sculpture Display/ Riviera Open 10am-3pm
 

Date & Time:

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 to Sunday, February 01, 2015
All-Day Event 

Location:

The Riviera Park
Lake Geneva, WI 53147

Event Contact Info:

Lake Geneva Chamber of Commerce
phone: 800-345-1020 or (262) 248-4416
email: info@lakegenevawi.com
web: www.usnationals.org or www.lakegenevawi.com