During the 16th Snow Sculpture Competition in Ischgl, international artists made their snow sculptures, several meters high. The massive sculptures were placed throughout the entire skiing area, where skiers can admire them on and next to the slopes.
This year's theme was Aliens and the ingenuity and stunning technical brilliance of the sculptors is on show for skiers and boarders to marvel at until the Spring thaw sends the creatures from outer space back home - so that won't be until the beginning of May as Ischgl enjoys guaranteed snow right till then.
The artists had just five days to hammer and carve their allocated piles of snow into works of art, which include the mystified Futurama spaceman trying to get his bearings without the aid of a piste map - the work of Yorkshire-based sculpting brothers Justin and Simon Scott.
Professional sculptors from throughout the world sent their designs to the jury in Ischgl ahead of the competition. The ten best were invited to the elimination stage and to realise their creations. The aim here is to use the submitted sketches to create masterpieces within 5 days in the middle of Silvretta's mountain scenery - using nothing but snow. Alien fans and snow enthusiasts had the chance to be there, live, and watch the artists at work. The awards ceremony for the sculptures took place last 16th January.