JACKSON — A steampunk owl and a dragon coiled around a castle tower were the top winners at the NH Sanctioned & Jackson Invitational Snow Sculpting Competition.
Held at the Black Mountain resort, the competition, which began Friday and wrapped up Sunday, featured 13 teams from as far away as New Jersey and it attracted some 2,000 visitors, which makes it the second most popular annual event sponsored by the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce, said Kathleen Driscoll, the chamber’s executive director.
“It went amazingly well,” said Driscoll, adding that organizers took pains Thursday to make sure that the 8-foot-tall, 4-foot-wide cylinders of snow from which the sculptors fashioned their objets d’art were protected from what she called a “downpour” of rain.
The resulting sculptures will remain in place for as long as the weather permits.
They include Rapunzel in her tower, Humpty Dumpty and an abstract piece known as “Long Division” that features an obelus with extended upper arms.
Team Woodard and Allen, which hails from Tamworth, received first place in the NH Sanctioned category for its steampunk, techno owl, and the team will travel to Lake Geneva, Wis., in 2020 to represent the Granite State at the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition.
Meanwhile, Team Schafner and Mallette of Massachusetts won both the People’s Choice and Invitational categories for its dragon-draped tower, in the process earning both bragging rights and a package of prizes provided by members of the Jackson Area Chamber.
Driscoll thanked Black Mountain, the Nordic Village Resort and all the sponsors who made the 2019 snow sculpture contest possible, adding that planning has already begun for next year and that participants should contact her at the Chamber of Commerce.
She also thanked the sculptors and visitors, the latter of which turned out in force, and are outnumbered each year only by the number of people who come out for the Chamber’s annual Return of the Pumpkin People, which takes place not only in Jackson but throughout the Mount Washington Valley and is a month long.