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5th Annual International Snow Carving Suposium

Thursday Feb 21st to Saturday February 24th 2019


Team Germany - Waves of Creativity (the globe thing)

Team France - Courant (Streams) the holy one

Team Sub Zero - Extreme Architecture ) the box)

Team Mantario - Marsh Guard

Team Ottawa - Old Slavey


"...Snowking's 5th annual International snow Carving Competition

Dear Friends,

First, a big thank-you to the City of Yellowknife for helping make this symposium happen!

As a 4 year veteran of coordinating Snowkings International Snow Carving Symposium, I am pleased to present to you season 5 with 5 teams from around the world (and quite varied teams, might I add!).

Itâs a great time putting these together each year. One thing that I enjoy most are the relationships I have built with carvers. If Iâm not mistaken, ALL of these artists have been to Yellowknife to carve before, and team NWT is amazing Indigenous talent right from the North. 2 of them have been with the festival for every competition, and 10 more are other Snowking vets. Team Ottawa may find some familiar faces; team lead James Cook has been a participant in the Long John Jamboreeâs Ice Carving shows for the past couple of years and Iâm excited it worked out to bring him over to try his hand at snow next door.

Fun story: by a stroke of luck and several mishaps, we were faced with finding a few additions to teams to make up 3 people. In the end, we ended up piecing together Team North America from last year (who originally werenât going to make it) into 3 different teams. The community of snow carvers I have gotten to know is sure adaptable and diverse!

This year sees a few changes. To expand the opportunity for the public to watch, carving will extend into the weekend and wrap up for judging on Sunday afternoon. Saturday we will be offering free a free snow castle construction tour, and Sunday we are bringing back a revamped public carving workshop! There will be plenty to see and do all before the Snow Castle season even starts!

Show your support to the carvers who are braving the cold to show us their art and come on down to the festival site Feb 21-24. We look forward to welcoming you!


Snowdrift Dave - Board President and Symposium Coordinator.

The Teams:

- Team Germany+Jodine: Geertje Marquardt, Jodine Leigh, Theressa Wright

- Team France/Nomadâart: Fabien Champeval, David Marchelli, Arnaud Roblet

- Team Manitoba+Walt: Gary Tessier, David MacNair, Walter Farr

- Team Ottawa: James Cook, Uwe Foehring, Craig Carmichael

- Team Bavaria+Bob: Franziska Agrawal, Friederike Schroth, Bob Fulks ...'


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Snow carvers descend onto Yellowknife Bay "... The fifth annual snow carving symposium is running from February 21st to 24th and the carvings will remain on the bay throughout the March Snowkingâs Winter Festival. Anthony Foiliot, the Snowking, says the quality of Yellowknifeâs snow is a big draw for these artists.

âSnow carvers from around the world speak highly of our world-class snow that is beautiful, crisp, clean, and workable.â ..."


"...One of the great things about living in Yellowknife over winter is the Ice Castle that pops up on the lake. Tony, better known as the Snow King, starts building it beside his houseboat in November, and it is finished at the end of February. The Ice Castle is open for the entire month of March, where it functions as an art gallery, performing arts space and the hottest dancing spot in town, hosting theatre, rock bands, classical music and puppet shows and performances for kids..."


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Taken on March 5, 2019