January 17, 2014 - January 26, 2014
Two weekends. Twice the magic.
Celebrating two decades of ice carving.
2014 is the 20th anniversary of this Banff National Park classic. Experience Lake Louise at its winter finest during the Ice Magic Festival, centerpiece to SnowDays, a month-long celebration of winter in Banff National Park.
International Ice Carving Competition Weekend: January 17 - 19
Hosted by The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, this 34 hour competition is the most anticipated spectacle of the Festival. This year's ice carvers are hand picked, by invitational only, as some of the best and loyal carvers from the last 20 years that we've had the pleasure to watch create and execute ice masterpieces. Watch in amazement as Internationally renowned professional ice carvers work 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.
In celebration of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics we’re going to Freeze Olympic Fever! Carvers will celebrate Ice Magic, the “Olympics of ice carving”, by capturing the Olympic spirit in ice.
This weekend also hosts the One Carver, One Hour, One Block speed carving event, interpretive ice carving demonstrations by Ice Magic's Lead Judge Dan Rebholtz, a 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.
Little Chippers Weekend: January 25 - 26
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 Little Chippers area at Samson Mall is where your kids - and you - can learn the art and science of ice carving first-hand, with blocks and carving tools on hand. You can skate with the Ice Queen on Lake Louise and spend time in the Cozy Corner Kids Indoor Activity Centre.