The Snow Report
Plenty of winter festivals across the continent put ice sculptures on display during the festivities—Ottawa’s Winterlude and Quebec City’s Carnival are sure bets—but one of the most impressive options is the World Ice Art Championships, held in Fairbanks, Alaska, each year. The event is divided into single-block and multi-block carving competitions, and spectators can see the actual carving taking place in late February and early March. (After that, the pieces remain on display.)
The 2013 championships begin February 26. A day pass to the Ice Park is $10, or $5 for children six-12; kids under six are admitted free.