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Table tennis can also be a winter sport. Photo: Ice Alaska

The World Ice Art Championships have been held in Fairbanks for over 30 years. The event is organized by the non-profit organization Ice Alaska. The competition is the largest of its kind in the world and more than 100 ice sculptors are participating each year. The Ice Alaska organization works on a voluntary basis. The team consists of an eleven-member board and is supported by over 300 volunteers.

The 2024 World Ice Art Championships kicked off on February 17 and will run through March 31. The Fairbanks World Ice Art Championships have grown into a month-long spectacle that attracts more than 100 ice artists and around 45 000 visitors from Alaska and around the world.

The icy temperatures in Alaska provide the perfect environment for the ice sculptures. The Ice Alaska Sculpture Park is located in the middle of the forest and covers an area about the size of a soccer field. The Ice Art World Championships are an important ‘spring festival’ in the Alaskan Interior.

Photos: Ice Alaska

Heiner Kubny; PolarJournal

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