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Snow sculpting event make long awaited return to Whitefish

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WHITEFISH - Last weekend's annual Whitefish Winter Carnival featured one event that was brought back for the first time in several years.

The Snow Sculpture Symposium was held in Depot Park on Friday. 

The winter carnival hasn’t had a snow sculpture display for a number of years until this year's event.

Some members of the community remember the carnivals with sculptures and are glad that the event has resurfaced.

“Whitefish Winter Carnival has had snow sculpture contests on and off for years but we haven’t had it for a couple years so I’m really grateful to the city for organizing this and putting up these big pillars of snow for us to carve around on." sculptor and Whitefish resident Paul Coats said.

Rather than it being a competition, the city brought in a National Champion Snow Sculpting artist from Alaska to teach two other amateur teams the best techniques for building a statue made of snow and ice.

“He had all these great tools, in fact here’s a horse curry that is great for snow sculpting with and he brought out tools and gave us a little line out about some basic things that can help move things along. So, it’s been a great event so far." Coats said.

In the spirit of the Carnival, Coat’s team decided to make a yeti sculpture as Coats himself recently published a book about the mystical backstory of the Carnival.

“Since Ullr and the Yeti has just come out we thought ya know we’re going to take some characters from that book and put it into the snow sculpture," Coats told MTN News.

Whitefish Parks and Recreation organized the event and community service coordinator Carla Belski says they will continue to build snow sculptures in the coming years, but whether it stays a symposium or becomes a competition is up in the air.

“Of course, it’s our first year so we’re going to see how everything goes this year then decide how we want to move forward, but there’s been a really great community reception of the snow sculpture symposium and everybody seems really excited and we’re excited to have three great teams here today.”

Belski added that it will be a nice addition to all the other events that took place downtown over the weekend.

“People can enjoy the winter carnival festivities such as eating pie or going to the pancake breakfast or doing the parade and then coming to depot park and enjoying the snow sculpture symposium, so we’re really excited to bring this back to the community," Belski concluded.

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