An abundent supply of snow will not be a problem when the annual U.S. Nationals Snow Sculpting Competition comes to Lake Geneva Jan. 30-Feb. 3, 2013.
Even though parts of the Chicago area are still waiting for a measurable snowfall, the white stuff is plentiful on the Grand Geneva Resort ski slopes in Wisconsin north of the Illinois border, thanks to snow machines.
The containers will be set down at Lake Geneva’s Riviera Park on Geneva Lake’s waterfront, Jan. 28-29. And yes, the body of water is called Geneva Lake.
Three-person sculpting teams from as close as Illinois and Wisconsin and as far as Alaska and Vermont start work on their snow blocks Jan. 30. By the time Lake Geneva’s annual Winterfest begins Feb. 1, the sculptures will almost be ready for judging on Feb. 2.
To watch the teams at work come Friday. To see the finished sculptures, stay over or come Saturday. The public is encouraged to vote because along with the professional judging is the People’s Choice Award.
“This must-see event brings together the elite of the elite in snow sculpting,” said George Hennerley, president of the Geneva Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.
“This remarkable ensemble of sculptures will truly enchant visitors. The level of detail and intricacy is on par with some of the finest items you’d find in the world’s best museums,” Hennerley said.
The entire weekend is fun because along with seeing gorgeous snow sculptures, Winterfest has carriage rides, entertainment and treats and the nearby Grand Geneva Resort has more snow activities on Saturday including an evening torchlight parade.
Tip: Try to book a room at the resort or in Lake Geneva as soon as possible or plan to come just for the day. With more than .5 million visitors for the event, rooms fill quickly. About 80 miles from Chicago, Lake Geneva can be a day’s outing.