SNOW SCULPTURES: SUPERSTARS YOU CAN TOUCH

For the past 27 years, gigantic snow artworks have been built in the Silvretta Arena – and this year is no exception. So be careful when you’re skiing, because you might suddenly find yourself face-to-face with Elton John. And larger than life, at that.

Have you ever seen Elton John larger than life or charged into Zucchero? Or maybe stroked Helene Fischer, offered Pink a cigarette and then stood in front of Jon Bon Jovi and warbled “Keep the Faith” to him? No?  Now’s your chance to make up for it in Ischgl. Because from today, Monday 13 January, til Friday 17 January, the spectacular snow sculpture competition is back in the Silvretta Arena. And this time, pop music superstars will be set up in snow on the Idalp.

Taking place for the 27th time already, this famous competition sees snow sculptors from around the world send in their plans and ideas, with the best of them being created in snow by two-person teams in the Silvretta Arena. And because this year is the 25th anniversary of the Top of the Mountain Concert, the sculptures crafted from snow up on the mountain this year won’t be the usual ones – they’ll instead be the faces of the superstars who have sung in Ischgl. Well, not all of them, but quite a few. On view are Pink, Helene Fischer, Bon Jovi, Elton John, Tina Turner, Zucchero and Deep Purple. The artists will also create a guitar, a saxophone, an alpine horn and homage to pop on the mountaintop out of snow. You can already watch the artists at work, and on Friday a jury will pick this year’s winner of the Shapes in White snow sculpture competition (this is what it looked like last year, by the way). And if you can’t make it to the Idalp before then, don’t worry too much. The sculptures can normally be seen until the end of the season in May. There’ll definitely be snow in Ischgl until then. And until then, you can sing a verse or two to Jon Bon Jovi – even if it does (probably) leave him cold.