Building on last year's success, eight sculptures will be created this year, including one created out of an 8x8x10-foot ice block by a team of professional ice sculptors at the base of lift 4. The competition will involve six teams sculpting 8x8x8-foot blocks placed throughout the Mountain Village Core. Local school art teachers and their students will add their creativity to the weekend events, carving on 4x4x4-foot cubes sprinkled throughout the plaza. They also will decorate merchant windows with paper snowflakes.
The sculpting competition begins Thursday, Jan. 12 and teams can work on transforming their cubes into freestanding sculptures until Monday, Jan. 16. Judging will take place that day at approximately 10 a.m. An independent panel of judges will critique the sculptures on their originality, creativity and technical excellence. Bystanders are also encouraged to contribute their opinions through the People's Choice Award.
With more than $3,000 in prizes and money, the CoolSculpt competition will be stiff. The prize money will be divided among all the teams with the 1st prize being $1,000 and six transferable lift tickets. The first place team also will have the opportunity to sculpt next year on a larger block. An après ski awards presentation will take place Jan. 16 at approximately 3:30 p.m. in the Mountain Village core.
CoolSculpt is being organized by Andy Krueger of Mountain Video Productions LLC. It has additional sponsorship from Telluride Council on the Arts and Humanities, Commission for Community Assistance, Arts and Special Events, the Telluride Foundation and San Miguel County.