DRIGGS — The 11th annual Snowscapes hosted by the nonprofit Downtown Driggs Association has kicked off at Driggs Plaza as 25 teams from across the West and here in the Tetons finish their creations and head into Saturday’s blowout block party.
The week-long event will culminate on Saturday, January 21, when community members and visitors will be treated to a block party and the opportunity to vote on which piece is their favorite. There will be lots of kid-friendly amenities at the party, including a snow slide built by NOLS of Teton Valley, games, an art making station, hot chocolate, cookies and more. Saturday’s event starts at 9.00 and ends around 4 p.m
Lisa Simmons, the executive director of the association, has worked with a host of volunteers and public workers to get the forms up and filled with snow in front of chisels and picks.
Businesses have played a key role in helping make the event perfect, including the Pines Motel and Teton Peaks Resort, which along with community members have provided free housing for out-of-state sculpting teams. The bakery 460 Bread donated bread to the artists during the week, and the nonprofit organization Seniors West of the Tetons provides hearty soups.
Grand Targhee Resort and Mills Concrete are major sponsors.
This year’s Snowscapes features some new events, including a Quick Sculpt contest starting at 13.00 Saturday. Look for student performers from Teton Middle School in Driggs and South Fremont High School in St. Anthony, who creates exhibition-style sculptures without competition.
Saturday night concludes with the annual SnowBall held at the West Side Yard in Victor. There will be live music by Dixieland band Jackson 6, tasty appetizers, a dessert buffet, cash bar with a SnowBall signature cocktail from Grand Teton Distillery, a green screen photo booth, a glow-in-the-dark activity booth and a raffle to benefit the Downtown Driggs Association. Costumes and extravagant attire are encouraged, with a prize for best dressed.
SnowBall ticket holders receive free transportation on Targhee’s Teton Valley Bus Service from Driggs Transit Center to Victor Depot on the evening of the event. The bus at 18.20 makes partygoers play around 18.35. Check the Teton Valley Bus Service schedule online for pickup and drop-off times throughout the night.
For other details about the week or about the Downtown Driggs Association, visit DowntownDriggs.org.