Thursday, January 19, 2012

Ice Magic Festival

Now two weekends. Twice the magic!

January 20 - 29, 2012
Now in its 18th year, this Banff National Park classic is more popular than ever. Experience Lake Louise at its winter finest during the Ice Magic Festival. Centerpiece to SnowDays, a new month-long celebration of winter in Banff National Park.

January 20 - 22, International Ice Carving Competition Weekend
Hosted by The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise,  this 34- hour competition is the most anticipated spectacle of the Festival. 24 internationally recognized professional ice carvers work in teams of two to sculpt towering one-of-a-kind works of art from imposing blocks of solid ice on the shores of Lake Louise.  With each ice block weighing a daunting 300lbs, this exceptional art form involves grueling physical labour in a delicate balancing act with precision artistry.

This years carving theme is "WordPlay: Where language comes out to play".
In addition to the International Ice Carving Competition this weekend also hosts the One Carver, One Hour, One Block speed carving event at the Lake Louise Inn, interpretive ice carving demonstrations by Ice Magic's Lead Judge Dan Rebholtz, an Ice Magic Judges Carve-Off at the Lake Louise Ski Area, horse drawn wagon rides, ice skating on Lake Louise beneath the towering gaze of the Victoria Glacier and much more that will particularly appeal to adult visitors.

January 28 & 29, Little Chippers Weekend
Join us as we celebrate the young and young at heart. Not only can you marvel at the finished ice carvings from the previous competition weekend, this weekend is filled with activities and experiences that are focused on family fun. 

The "NEW" Ice Playground is where your kids - and you - can learn the art and science of ice carving first-hand, play ice mini golf, crawl through an ice tunnel and cruise down an ice slide. You can skate with the Ice Queen on Lake Louise, witness the 10-block ice carving event and spend time in the Cozy Corner Kids Indoor Activity Centre.  All kids activities are free!


1 comment:

  1. Who is the artist of the ice-sculpture in the top picture?