Ordinary blocks of ice transform into stunning sculptures of art in Lake Louise, Alberta this winter, as the 16th Annual Ice Magic Festival (Jan. 22-24, 2010) turns the beautiful shadows beneath Mt. Victoria into a magical wonderland of ice art resembling cut crystal. Travelers can experience the winter enchantment and celebrate the season at the 2010 Ice Magic International Ice Carving Competition held on the grounds of the famed Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
Sanctioned by the National Ice Carving Association, twelve international teams of two carvers each will work within the theme Podium Bound - Spirit of the Competition (in anticipation of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games). Carving teams are given 15 blocks of ice, weighing 300lb each, which they must transform into seven-foot tall world class ice sculptures in just three days.
The Lake Louise Inn will also host teams as they compete in a speed event, One Carver, One Hour, One Block. Chainsaws will fly as carvers race against the clock to carve one block of ice in one hour. Other events include the Little Chippers Festival where children will have the chance to learn the art and science of ice carving first hand! Afterwards, all ice sculptures will remain on view (weather permitting) for guests to enjoy through March.
After a day of frosty fun and chilly competition, travelers can cozy up to the magnificent fire at the beautiful Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. With the hotel's Ice Magic Celebration Package, visitors can save with extra package add-ons.
The Ice Magic Celebration Package at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise includes:
Rates starting from $380 USD per night, based on double occupancy.