Teams of artists from across the globe gather at snow festivals each year to create amazing sculptures that put the average snowman to serious shame. While the U.S. and Canada are building up steam, Asia reigns supreme in the snow-sculpting field, with hundreds of festivals throughout the winter, including two events that draw millions of people each year. The Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan, in its 63rd year, typically boasts 400 pieces of large-scale snow art. While the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival in China centers around illuminated ice sculptures, their massive snow pieces are stunning as well.
Pulling from competitions and festivals far and wide, check out the 25 most spectacular snow sculptures.