Competition Information


Located at the spectacular Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in Banff National Park, artists from around the world will join us at the 2015 Ice Magic Festival. With 34 hours of carving time, ten teams of two are invited to transform 15 blocks of ice into themed masterpieces.

2015 THEME:

Wonders of the World


Team Ice Carving Competition
Thursday, January 15       7pm - 9pm      Welcome Reception & Site Draw
Friday, January 16           8am - 10pm     Carving Time
Saturday, January 17       8am - 10pm     Carving Time
Sunday, January 18         8am - 2pm       Carving Time
Sunday, January 18         4pm                Awards Ceremony

One Carver, One Hour, One Block
Saturday, January 17       2:30pm - 3:30pm
A speed competition where one member from each team will be required to compete.


Team Ice Carving Competition
1st Place: $2,500
2nd Place: $1,500
3rd Place: $750
Carver's Choice: $750
People's Choice: $500 

One Carver, One Hour, One Block
1st Place: $1,000
2nd Place: $300
3rd Place: $200
People's Choice: $250


Each team will be provided with one double room at the beautiful and historic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Participants may purchase additional rooms or upgrades for an added fee.


Each team will be provided with an honorarium of $1,000.


Carvers will be provided with meal vouchers during the competition.


Teams are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from Calgary, Alberta.

Ice Magic will provide transportation to and from the Calgary International Airport for all out-of-town Teams/Participants on Thursday, January 15 returning on Monday, January 19. Any travel outside of this time will be the individuals' responsibility.

Where necessary, Ice Magic will provide assistance to foreign teams with entry letters to Canada.


Teams must come equipped with all sculpting tools and electrical or power sculpting equipment.

Teams will be provided with: Electrical power (120 volts, 60 hertz), 2 lights, 2 extension cords, 1 set of scaffolding, 2 five gallon buckets and 1 sled. Shovels will also be available for use.

Competitors in the One Carver, One Hour, One Block event taking place at the Lake Louise Inn, must supply all sculpting tools and electrical or power sculpting equipment.

Each participant is responsible for his or her own personal medical insurance.


Site selection will take place at the Welcome Reception on Thursday, January 15 at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Before the competition begins, the boundaries between sites will be marked.

Teams may arrange tools, prepare power lines and scaffolding before the official start of the competition, but may not mark nor sculpt the ice blocks.


Teams will be provided with 15 blocks of ice and will be responsible for the orientation and placement of the blocks.

Teams are not allowed to use powered equipment for lifting or moving any of the ice. However, lifting or moving assistance from judges, staff or other carvers is allowed.


  • Teams can have no more than 2 members
  • Teams must use original submitted designs
  • Teams must stay on theme
  • Sculptures must be at least 7ft tall
  • Sculptures must not be over 13.5ft tall
  • No lathes allowed
  • Total carving time permitted over 3 days - 34 hours in total
  • Each team will receive 15 blocks of Cleinbell sculpting ice, standard 300 lbs per block
  • Teams must use only and all the ice that has been provided
  • Design must be sculpted on all sides
  • The only materials allowed are ice and water
  • Natural snow may not be used as a bonding agent
  • Snow made from original allotment of ice may be used in the sculpture
  • No artificial props, decorations and colouring of ice
  • Teams must work within the timelines allotted, however breaks are at the teams discretion
  • At the end of the competition, all teams must completely remove all tools and debris and have the site ready for final presentation and judging


The Event Organizers, in consultation with the Ice Magic Judges, have the right to halt construction on any sculpture for safety considerations. Any infraction of the riles by carvers may lead to disqualification.

Carver registration closes on Friday, November 14th. Teams will be notified by email, shortly after the deadline, if they have been selected to compete. For event information, contact Special Events.