Hosted by The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, this 34-hour competition is the most anticipated spectacle of the Festival. The competition sees twenty four internationally recognized professional ice carvers work in teams of two to sculpt a 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 300 lbs, this exceptional art form involves grueling physical labour in a delicate balancing act with precision artistry.
The competition takes place at the beginning of this two-week long festival (January 18-20, 2018), but you can see the completed works, well until they melt!
Tickets are required to visit the carving sites during peak visitation on Saturday, January 20 and 27 and Sunday, January 21 and 28 from 10 am - 5:30 pm.
When you book at the Mountaineer Lodge, you get free tickets for all-day access to Ice Magic Festival, VIP shuttle access from Samson Mall, steps from the Mountaineer, to Chateau Lake Louise and return.
MAKE THE MOST OF IT
Visit the finished sculptures mid-week when it is a little quieter, when parking is more available, when admission is free, and the ice carvers will have a bit more time for your questions.
The best photos are taken in the evening, under the light of the night sky and when the sculptures are lit up. - Dress for winter with lots of layers, mitts, scarves, and hats so you can enjoy it as long as you like
After visiting the carvings and strolling around, stop in at the Lakeview Lounge at the Chateau Lake Louise for a warm-up appetizer and hot toddy.
Bring your skates, or rent them from Wilson Mountain Sports, so you can skate around the iconic ice castle build near the shoreline of Lake Louise.