Snowking's International Carving Competition

Our teams and their creations this Snowking XXII (2017) Season

Four days. Five beautiful works of art. Yellowknife grown snow. Join us as we host our 3rd Annual International Snow Carving Competition. Teams from Alaska, China, Austria, Mexico, Canada, and Yellowknife will all compete for bragging rights and cash prize. Historically Snowking's Winter Festival has been a highlight for our carvers for the beautiful fresh snow, friendly crew, and great community.

Carving will commence Monday February 27th at 9:00am, and run until 6:00pm daily until Thursday March 2nd. The public is welcome to come down any time to watch, carving will be lit up during the evening.

Juding and Awards:
Our 4 judges will decide who gets the honors on Friday, March 3rd at 12 noon. We encourage the public to come show your support!

A big thank-you to Coyote's Bistro on Franklin for donating to the cash prize and honoring a hefty discount for the carvers to eat and drink every night.

A thank-you as well to Bullocks' Bistro and Gourmet Cup for providing warm lunches onsite. We a truly grateful for the support.


*The draw for the King's Ransom Raffle is to be held March 4th evening at the Snowcastle with all proceeds supporting the 3rd annual Snowking Snowcarving Competition! *

Snow carvings from years previous...

Our wonderful sponsors


THE KING'S RANSOM RAFFLE is a high-stakes, lakeside lottery where even the losers win big by supporting the coolest winter festival going and the 3rd Annual Snow Carving Competition, February 27-March 2nd with teams from Austria, China, Alaska, North America, NWT and Nunavut. 

2.0 version promises to be twice as good as last year's and boasts...

  •     twice as much prize money - $2000!
  •     twice as many chances to win with twice as many tickets 
  •     raising twice as much $ to fund the carving competition 
  •     twice as many snowcarving teams as last year

No hoodwinking here; this ain't no chase the ace.  The KRR 2.0 is old-school crowd sourcing, a 'here's hoping that the folks who love the Castle want to support it in a modest and much appreciated way' lottery. Still reading?  Hopefully that means you might be interested in ponying up to win:

  1. $1000 grand prize

  2. $500 runner-up

  3. $250 third

  4. $150 fourth

  5. $100 fifth 

What's more, every raffle ticket comes with a free Snowking $50 Season’s Pass, entitling you to month-long daytime access to the Castle, and 1/2 price evening events.

Email if you want one (or more) of the 120 tickets at $100/per ticket.   The draw is to be held March 4th at the Snowcastle with all proceeds supporting the 3rd annual Snowking Snowcarving Competition.