ATCO Gas International Ice Carving Competition

The 2016 ATCO Gas International Ice Carving Competition begins Friday, January 22 and finished at noon on Sunday, January 24.

Judging begins at noon on Sunday, January 24 and the awards are presented at 4pm on the ATCO Outdoor Stage.

The 2016 teams are coming from Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Japan, Malaysia, China, Alberta and BC.

Each team of professional category artists get 15 blocks of crystal clear carving ice and 35 hours to create their ice carving masterpiece.

The 3 Block Challenge begins Saturday, January 30 and finishes at noon on Sunday, January 31. 

Each team in the Three Block Challenge get 3 blocks of crystal clear carving ice and 10 hours to create their ice carving masterpiece.

Carving ice is made by a special process that freezes water from the bottom up in a Clinebell machine. This process allows the impurities to rise to the top and be trimmed off, resulting in a crystal clear block of ice. Each block of ice is 1M (40″) X .5M (20″) X .25M (10″) and weighs 135 KG (297 LBS).

The carvings are scored by skilled judges and each ice carving is judged on first impression, structure, skill and technique, details, concept and design, creativity and artistic merit.

The 2016 ATCO Gas International Ice Carving Competition is a qualifier for the inaugural Canada Cup of Ice Carving that will take place in Ottawa in 2017. The winning team from Ice on Whyte, Ice Magic in Lake Louise and the Crystal Garden competition at Winterlude will receive a guaranteed ice carving berth at the 2017 Canada Cup of Ice Carving in Ottawa.

These 3 Canadian International Ice Carving Competitions are thrilled to present a national competition that showcases the very best ice carvers from around the world. Stay tuned for more information.


Hours of Operation

Thursday to Sunday,
10 am to 10 pm


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