Team Canada-Quebec Wins Colorado Snow Sculpture Championships (PHOTOS)

Snow Sculpture Championships

First Posted: 01/30/2012 9:31 am Updated: 01/30/2012 11:53 am

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. - Snow carvers from Quebec took first place in the 22nd annual International Snow Sculpture Championships in Breckenridge, Colo. over the weekend.

Team Canada-Quebec carved a scene of man sitting in front of ice houses _ once used to preserve meat and fish in Quebec _ out of a 20-ton block of snow.

Team Germany finished in second place and Team Baltic, representing Latvia and Estonia, took third.

Sixteen teams from 12 countries worked over five days to create their sculptures without the help of power tools, internal supports or dyes.

Organizers say they worked through the night Friday to finish in time for Saturday's 10 a.m. deadline.

The works will be on display through Sunday at Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge.

Check out images from the various countries' snow sculptures here:

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The winning sculpture of Team Canada/Quebec's Great Expectations snow sculpture at the Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships, is shown on Saturday, Jan., 28, 2012 in Breckenridge Colo. The sculpture represents the "ice houses" built on the Saint Anne River each winter for visiting ice fishermen. The snow sculptures will remain on display at the open air exhibit through Feb. 5, at the Riverwalk Center downtown Breckenridge. (Nathan Bilow /AP Images for Breckenridge Chamber Resort)

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