Event Application

Event Application Is your organization interested in sponsoring an event during the Ely Winter Festival? In order to prevent duplicate types of events from occurring on the same dates and times, so that people have the opportunity to attend as many events as they would like, and to prevent errors in our brochure, on our [...]

Apply to be a Snow Carver

Amateur or Professional, there’s a spot for you.  Are you a sculptor?  Even if snow is not your medium, you are invited to join the “professional” sculptors that make the Ely Winter Festival Snow Sculpting Symposium so magnificent.  We are expanding our Snowcarving Symposium and you are invited to apply for a spot!  If you […]

What Does It Take to Put on a Festival?

Do you love the Ely Winter Festival?  Do you have skills in any of the areas listed below that you would like to contribute?  The Festival needs your brain power and a few of your hours! The Chair is currently performing many of the duties listed below and the plan is to  recruit  managers for […]

2017 Amateur Carving Winners

Announcing the Northern Lakes Arts Amateur Snow Carving winners for 2017: There were two winning families (because no one entered in either the “youth group” or “youth individual”): The Boersts and the Kingschmidts.  Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all who participated!  Thanks, especially, to Crapola World Headquarters who hosted the announcement of the winners.

What the heck is KUBB?

Dave Wigdahl, our local Kubb guru, describes it as Swedish lawn-bowling that has been modified for play on snow. It’s also sometimes called Viking chess, presumably without the bloodshed and horned helmets. There is quite a lot of tossing about of various carved pieces of wood that represent a king and other chess-like characters in […]

Resorts and EWF Article

Resorts and EWF Article

The travel blog Resorts and Lodges have done a great article about the Ely Winter Festival.  Click below to read it! Read the article about the Ely Winter Festival at

Video Blog 2013

Video Blog 2013

Follow Chris as he documents the sculptures being formed.

Video Blog 2012

Video Blog 2012

Follow Chris as he talks to Nancy Scheibe about her carving history, her design plan and methology, and her unique snow carving tools. ¬†Very interesting! And, progress…