The 38th annual Sapporo Snow Sculpture contest begins in February of 2011. Part of the world-famous Sapporo Snow Festival that attracts over two million visitors annually, the contest will host eighteen teams from around the world in its International Division. One of these teams will be Oregon’s own Team USA Oregon Snow Sculpture Team, which will be competing for the eighteenth year.
2011 Snow Festival Poster
The all-volunteer team has been working hard for the last several months planning, designing, visiting sponsors and launching their new website, which contains information about the team, its history and its members, as well as a listing of support staff, sponsors and supporters that help make everything possible.
The Team USA Oregon Snow Sculpture Team was formed in 1985 by members of the Schnee Vogle Ski Club; one of the team’s first sculptures was the Hokkaido Bear, which place second overall in the competition. Besides Sapporo, the team often competes in other countries, like Finland, China and locations in the United States. Supporters include the Portland-Sapporo Sister City Association, the International Trade Administration-Department of Commerce, the City of Portland, Travel Oregon and the Oregon Economic Development Commission, as well as many business and cultural sponsors in the Portland area.
For the first time in its history, Team USA Oregon Snow Sculpture Team will take sponsors, supporters and others interested in business with Japan on an unescorted ‘Introduction to Japan’ delegation tour. Sponsors have an opportunity to not only support the team with either monetary or in-kind donations, but also are invited to come with the team and partake in contest activities, events and meetings. The ‘Introduction to Japan’ opportunities allow a chance to meet city officials, business organization and introduce their Oregon products.
The trip is also a huge cultural opportunity, as the city of Sapporo hosts teams and offers home stays with Sapporo citizens. This is a wonderful chance to meet and live with some of Sapporo’s finest citizens and their families. Home stays are covered with trip costs and may include some meals and assistance with transportation (although tour and delegation participants should plan their own meals and transportation, as this is an unescorted tour).
For more information, visit the team website at TeamUSAOregon.Com. Downloads of the Festival itinerary and applications can be found there, as well as sponsorship applications and instructions on how to accompany the team. Call Charley Scott (Team Manager), at 503.255.2347 or James Hill (Assistant Team Manager), at 503.297.9268 for more information.