Every year in January, wonderful ice sculptures can be admired in Ortisei.
Traditionally, every winter the village of Ortisei organises a very special event:
In January it hosts an ice sculptures contest, where several artists create their masterpiece out of an ice block of 3×3×3 metres. Some weeks before, every artist has to present two wood models to a jury, who chooses the one to be realised. The winner of the contest is finally chosen by the residents and tourists, who vote for their favourite sculpture.
Of course, the sculptures will stay in the village and can be admired until spring, when the first warm sun rays will melt them.