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Professional Snow Sculpting Application

This application is for the "professional" Snow Sculpting Symposium only. If you would like to enter the Amateur Snow Carving Contest, please click on the link below (fee applies).


Each team is required to apply each year regardless of past attendance. The application is simply a way to maintain professionalism in the symposium and help EWF staff make preparations in advance.

Expectations for each team

Each team is expected to create their sculpture within the specified dates. There is no restriction on what time of day the artists choose to work but it is encouraged that teams work during times when spectators are in the park. The busiest time of the event is usually Friday afternoon through Sunday. Teams are also expected to complete their work by the end of the day on Saturday so visitors can view completed work on Sunday before the weekend is over. However, our past experience is that some teams may need some extra time to add finishing touches to their sculpture on Sunday.


Artists may use any non-motorized tools hand tools needed to complete their sculpture. Many artists make their own special tools just for this event.


Many artists bring quite a bit of equipment with them and are allowed to drive into the park to unload their equipment as long as they are respectful to others. Vehicles may be left on site on Thursday and Friday morning but must be parked outside the park staring at Noon on Friday. Artists may still drive in to unload after that time but must immediately exit the park once unloaded.


This is a non-profit event and a majority of the funds for this event come from grants and fundraising. We do realize that it is expensive for artists to travel to Ely so we provide the following compensation:

  • Meals
  • Housing
  • Some gas mileage

Application Form

Note: Applications for the 2024 symposium are currently closed. Check back in late 2024 to apply for the 2025 festival.