Ice Magic Festival Event gets ready for 2010 Olympics

    International Ice Carving Competition becomes a Qualifying Event

    BANFF NATIONAL PARK, AB, Dec. 28 /CNW/ - The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
and Banff Lake Louise Tourism team up to transform Lake Louise into a magical
wonderland of ice but this time its sights are set much higher. The
International Ice Sculpture Competition, part of the festival set against the
backdrop of the Victoria Glacier, has become a qualifying event for the 2010
Olympics in Vancouver.
    Sanctioned by the National Ice Carving Association, renowned
international accredited teams are given 15 blocks of ice and 34 hours of
carving time over a 2 1/2 day event to create masterpieces. Beginning in 2009,
the bar has been set higher as carvers will accumulate points needed to
qualify for the International Ice Competition in Whistler, BC, in 2010. The
Lake Louise competition is the only qualifying event in Western Canada. "This
recognition is a great step forward for the festival. Ice Magic has been
growing exponentially and several new events have been added this year. We
look forward to showcasing Lake Louise to the world through this special
acknowledgement" says Andrea Thiessen, Director of Events and Special Projects
for Banff Lake Louise Tourism.
    This year's theme "Celebrating Snow Queen, Ice Fairies and The Enchanted
Forest" will bring ice carving teams from as far away as Nigeria, as well as
the Banff Centre's Canadian composer Patrick Cardy's adapted score of The Snow
Queen for string quartet. Also new this year is Baker Creek Chalet's Ice
Playground, Samson Mall's Little Chippers Children's Carving and Lake Louise
Inn's One Hour, One Carver, One Block. Watch in on the Canmore Eagles Hockey
Game at the Recreation Centre or a dog-sledding demonstration, as the entire
community of Lake Louise celebrates the Ice Magic Festival weekend. For a full
schedule, visit
    Tucked deep within the boundaries of Banff National Park, the destination
of Lake Louise holds unrivalled experiences to make your visit a moment to
cherish. From world-class festivals and breathtaking scenery to cozy
restaurants and charming hotels, Lake Louise is a destination of choice for
families, couples and nature lovers.

For further information:

For further information: For general festival media inquiries: Annik
LaRoche, Manager, Media Relations, Banff Lake Louise Tourism,, Phone: (403) 762-0290, Fax: (403) 762-8545; For
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts: Nancy Jackson, Regional Manager, Public Relations,
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts,, Phone: (403) 762-1705,
Fax: (403) 762-5741

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