Now two weekends for twice the magic!
January 18 - 27, 2013
Now in its 19th year, this Banff National Park classic is more popular than ever. Experience Lake Louise at its winter finest during the Ice Magic Festival. Centerpiece to SnowDays, a month-long celebration of winter in Banff National Park.
Park & Ride!
Avoid the hassle and take advantage of the FREE shuttle running from the Samson Mall to The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, return every 20 mins: Saturday & Sunday January 19 & 20 and 26 & 27 from 10:30am – 5:30pm.
International Ice Carving Competition Weekend - January 18 - 20
Hosted by The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, this 34- hour competition is the most anticipated spectacle of the Festival. 24 internationally recognized professional ice carvers work in teams of two to sculpt towering one-of-a-kind works of art from imposing blocks of solid ice on the shores of Lake Louise. With each ice block weighing a daunting 300lbs, this exceptional art form involves grueling physical labour in a delicate balancing act with precision artistry.
The carving theme for 2013 is "Carve a Song".
This weekend also hosts the One Carver, One Hour, One Block speed carving event at the Lake Louise Inn, interpretive ice carving demonstrations by Ice Magic's Lead Judge Dan Rebholtz, an Ice Magic Judges Carve-Off at the Lake Louise Ski Area, horse drawn wagon rides, ice skating on Lake Louise beneath the towering gaze of the Victoria Glacier and much more.
Results from the International Ice Carving Competition:
1st Place: Team Chris & Victor - Run through the Jungle
2nd Place: Team GB - I'm Your Puppet
3rd Place: Team Scott & Ross - Sound of an Angel
People's Choice: Team Chris & Victor - Run through the Jungle
Carver's Choice: Team Sakha Ice Art 2 - Song of White Cranes
Fairmont's Choice: Team Dream Team - Melody of the Wind
One Carver, One Hour, One block:
1st place: Team FrozenArt - Dean Murray
2nd place: Team Chris & Victor - Chris Foltz
3rd place: Team Dream Team - Aaric Kendall
Little Chippers Weekend - January 26 & 27
Join us as we celebrate the young and young at heart. Not only can you marvel at the finished ice carvings from the previous competition weekend, this weekend is filled with activities and experiences that are focused on family fun.
The Ice Playground at Samson Mall is where your kids - and you - can learn the art and science of ice carving first-hand, crawl through an ice tunnel and cruise down an ice slide. You can skate with the Ice Queen on Lake Louise, witness the 10-block ice carving event and spend time in the Cozy Corner Kids Indoor Activity Centre.