The Alaskan Winter Games

Feb 24, 2014

Every winter there is a 10 day festival that goes on in Anchorage, they call this the Fur Rondy! All of downtown gets transformed into a winter playgrounds of sorts. There are sled dog races, carnival rides, outhouse races, running with the reindeer, and so much more! Over the weekend we decided to check out the snow sculpting contest. This is one of those things that fascinates me! Not only do these skilled people create something out of a block of snow...but they can withstand the cold for hours on end working on these master pieces! 
I can't even make a recognizable snow man, so this, this stuff just blew me away! Not to mention the abundance of tools being used in order to create these things! That is where kids and events like this don't mix! Ace and Pierce took one look at the huge ice destroying saw and thought....yep I need that! Pierce was running around saying "what the heck?" to each and every figure. Ace kept asking where the hot chocolate was located, and Avalon was bored to death so she slept the whole time. 
I mean these things are intense right? A little piece of orange tape does nothing but attract small children. The boys were just waiting for the second that Chris and I turned our head to run straight towards the artists and their snow art! 
In the end we bribed the little snow heathens with a trip to The Bucks as Ace likes to call it for some hot chocolate while the parental units guzzled down shots of espresso! I am telling you, it only takes a small outing in the cold to wipe me full of any energy! 

The Fur Rondy events will continue throughout the week so hopefully we will be able to catch a few more things! Even though inside I am secretly wishing for spring!! Ok its maybe not so secret...I am like a moth to the flame at this point, any hint of sunlight and I am mesmerized.


14 comments:

  1. How cool are those sculptures! love the car one.

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  2. Whoa! Those are amazing! I wish they'd totally do something like that here! Then again...it'd require me to walk around outside...hmmm...lol

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    1. HAHA!!! Ya that might be an issue...but it was fun to see!

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  3. What a cool experience!! :) Love the photos.

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  4. I don't understand people of the artist variety. I am in awe of their talent. Like making something out of sand? I know I said sand sorry. I have warmer weather on the brain too!

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  5. What a fun little day and outing! And oh my gosh, wow, those are some wicked cool sculptures. What amazing talent!! xoxo

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    1. I know, I couldn't believe what some people were able to create!

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  6. I love love love Fur Rondy and am definitely missing it this year! I love watching the sled dog races, seeing the crazy beards and the fur outfits. Have fun!

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  7. That's impressive!! I suck at sand castles, and I always wonder how people are able to make the huge crazy ones. I'd be terrified that the kids would touch something!

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  8. I can't wait to see the snow sculptures! It's supposed to be "nice" (aka: sunny) this week and weekend so I'm hoping we can spend a good amount of time at Fur Rondy.

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    1. I know! I am hoping for some "nice: weather. Sunday wasn't too bad so we spent most of the day outside. Here's to hoping they finally predict the weather right ;)

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  9. We are going on March 1st! That's the running of the Reindeer day, right?
    This will be our first Fur Rondy experience.
    (Kyle actually asked if we were going to run with the baby. How does he even function?)

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  10. Those sculptures are nuts! I can barely make a sphere out of playdough.

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  11. Wow, must admit, Alaska has some very cool events and tons to do!

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