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Ice Magic

Winter Ice Magic
Jason Stang

A World-Class Ice Carving Event

January 20 - 31, 2021

The Ice Magic International Ice Carving Competition is a perfectly magical winter experience that awaits you in Lake Louise where ice serves as a fascinating medium of artistry and architectural design. Watch incredible ice carvings take shape under the precise hands of skilled artists from around the world. Marvel at the lustre of these frozen forms, as well as the iconic ice castle sparkling in front of the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, throughout SnowDays.

Winter in Canada is something to celebrate! Watch the alpine town of Lake Louise come alive during the 12-day Ice Magic ice carving exhibition. Walk through a winter wonderland and explore ice castles, ice bars, and ice carvings at the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. From the International Ice Carving Competition, to the One Hour, One Carver, One Block speed event, there's lots to see and do in Lake Louise this January. 

The best way to experience Ice Magic is to stay in Lake Louise. Tickets are included with an overnight stay at the following accommodations:

2020 Ice Magic Winners

Winners of the 2020 Ice Magic International Ice Carving Competition.

Congratulations to all of our competitors and winners in the 2020 Ice Magic International Ice Carving Competition. 10 teams from Canada, Latvia, Russia, the Philippines, Japan, the U.K., Hong Kong, and the U.S participated in the competition. It was a truly remarkable experience watching their craftsmanship and mastery. Make sure you mark your calendars for SnowDays 2021 happening from January 20-31.

1st Place

Legend of the sun catcher - Team Sahka (Russia)

Ice Magic SnowDays 2020 - Shannon martin
Shannon martin

2nd Place

Fossil Discovery - Team Japan (Japan)

Ice Magic Fossil Discovery 2020
Shannon Martin

3rd Place

The Griffin of Lake Louise - Team Jupiter (USA)

Ice Magic 2020 The Griffin of Lake Louise Shannon Martin
Shannon Martin

People's Choice

Frozeidon: God of the Lake - Team Great Britain (Great Britain)

SnowDays Ice Magic 2020 Frozeidon: God of the Lake Shannon Martin
Shannon Martin

Best Times to Visit

Ice Magic only comes around once a year, and with such a well-loved event you'll want to make sure you know all of the insider tips to plan your trip. 

The Mid-Week Advantage

Visit the finished sculptures mid-week for free and create fond memories of Lake Louise with no crowds, ample parking, and better photo opportunities.

Explore the Sculptures After Dark

Catch a glimpse of the sculptures under the light of the night sky. The best photos are taken at night when the sculptures are lit up and the mountain peaks create faint silhouettes in the background.

The Perfect Winter Day Trip

Arrive early at Lake Louise and experience the ice carvings at sunrise, then make your way to Banff to view massive snow sculptures right downtown as part of SnowDays

The Perfect Day at Ice Magic

Ice Magic is an amazing time to embrace the wonders of winter. See what a perfect day exploring the spectacular setting of Lake Louise looks like.

Visit Ice Magic early in the morning before the crowds show up, then use the rest of the day to play in the outdoors. Pick up a lift ticket from the Lake Louise Ski Resort and hit the slopes or simply view the breathtaking landscape from the top of the Gondola. Explore the Lake Louise area on a guided snowshoe tour with Great Divide Nature Interpretation, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, or the Lake Louise Ski Resort. Enjoy the groomed cross-country ski trails near Baker Creek Mountain Resort. Or race your friends down the tubing runs at the Lake Louise Ski Resort Sunny Tube Park.

Winter Cross Country Skiing Great Divide Trail Lake Louise Noel Hendrickson

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