Competitions

Let your competitive spirit loose at the 2019 Winter Carnival by joining the fun at one of the many contests and competitions. Compete against family, friends and new rivals for a chance to win great prizes, recognition and bragging rights!

Puzzle Contest

Get a team together and sign up for the annual puzzle contest that is fun for the whole family.  Prizes are awarded to the top 3 teams in each division.
2019 Contest Information and Registration

Barstool Ski Races

Build your sled, grab your helmet and goggles, and fly down the hill into the history books as one of the first people to participate in this brand-new Vulcan Snow Park event. The deadline to enter the 2018 races has passed.
2018 Race Information

Freeze Your Bags Off Tournament

This sixteen team outdoor bag tournament will start at noon on Friday, Feb. 9th and Saturday, Feb. 10th and continue until one team is crowned champion. 
2018 Tournament Information and Registration

Photography Contest

Did you capture an amazing shot of the Ice Palace or a fun activity during the Winter Carnival? Submit up to 10 of your favorite photos from the 2018 festival for a chance to win exclusive prizes!

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Sculpting Competitions

Amateur Snow Sculpting Contest

The contest challenges three-member teams to transform 4′ x 4′ x 6′ blocks of snow into works of art in just eight hours using only hand tools. The deadline to enter the 2018 contest has passed. Please contact us to receive notifications about next year’s contest.
2018 Contest Information

Ice Carving Competition

Sign up for one of the most iconic events the Winter Carnival has to offer. Only 12 spaces available in each competition – entries close January 12, 2018!
Individual Application and Rules Artisan 2018
Individual Application and Rules Professional 2018
Multi-Block Application and Rules 2018

Minnesota State Snow Sculpting Competition

The three-day competition provides artists an opportunity to show off their talents, win prizes, and represent Minnesota at the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition. Three-member teams transform 8′ x 8′ x 8′ blocks of snow into works of art using only hand tools. The deadline to enter the 2018 competition has passed. Please contact us to receive notifications about next year’s competition.
2018 Competition Information