Generally, ice competitions are held January through March all over the world.
Competitions provide a better education in the skill of ice carving, a chance
to meet other professional and amateur carvers, to visit unique venue sites and
the opportunity to better yourself as an individual carving in your trade. It
is exciting to see new tools, techniques, and skills that are used in the
industry. Lexington Ice is a member and active participant in the National Ice
Carving Association (NICA).
After winning the National Championship in the professional division,
in 2014 Michael entered into Masters level competition. This is
the highest division that an ice carver can compete in, and those who
are very successful in this division even have the opportunity to
compete in global events, such as the world Olympics.
Michael also added the new
experiece of becoming a Certified Lead Carving Judge in the NICA circuit,
participating in judging throughout multiple competitons during the 2014 season of
ice carving competitions. (Click
here for more information on the requirements for participating as a
Certified National Ice Carving Association Judge)
Lexington Ice Scultpures
2015 Schedule of Ice Carving Competitions
Chef Michael Stoddart, his son Matthew, and others throughout their upcoming
excursions during the 2015 ice carving season. Staff from
Lexington Ice Sculptures plan to participate in the following
competitions this year:
January 16-18, 2015
International Ice Carving Competition
Lake Louise, Canada
February 6-7, 2015
The Magical Ice Festival
St. Joseph, MI
February 14-16, 2015
Ice Carving Competition
February 27- March 6, 2015
World Ice Art Championships
Click here for more info on WIAC.
Multiple Medals in Medina, OH.
are several NICA sanctioned events during the typical ice carving
season. These events are scattered aboard throughout the United States,
making some difficult to attend. To see the complete list of
competitions being promoted by NICA, click here.
Below is a list of competitions in which Michael
Stoddart, owner of Lexington Ice Sculptures, has participated and been awarded
All medals awarded beginning in 2014 were Masters Level Competitions,
the highest class of competition in the ice carving circuit):
- Feb. 14-16, 2014: Ice Carving Competition, Medina, OH. First Place Medal in individual competition, Second Place Medal in the team competition (this was not a NICA sanctioned competition).
- Feb. 7-9, 2014: The Magical Ice Carving Festival, Silver Medal in Individual Competiton and a Silver Medal in the team competition.
24-26, 2014: Collegiate Nationals at Zehnders Snow & Ice Festtival,
Frankenmuth, MI. Michael was named a Certtified Lead Carving
Judge by NICA.
- Jan. 26-27, 2013: 3rd Annual Winterfest National Ice Carving Competition, Greenbriar, WV. Gold Medal for two block/4 hour competition; Silver Medal for one block/2.5 hours "Carve and Deliver"
18-20, 2013: International Ice Magic Festival, Lake Louise Alberta,
Canada. Placed 6th out of the 12 international teams. 15 block/34 hour
- Feb. 24-25, 2012: Winterfest 2012, Perrysburg, OH. Gold Medal
- Feb. 3-5, 2012: NICA U.S. National
Championships, U.S. 2012 Professional Ice Carving Champion. Two
Silver Medals for skills and third overall in a speed carving competition. His
performance helped him accumulate the best overall score throughout the
competition, earning Mike the title of the U.S. 2012 Professional Ice Carving
- Jan. 14, 2012: Titanic's 2nd Annual Ice Sculpture Competition, Pigeon
Forge, TN. Bronze Medal
- Fire and Ice Festival Mount Holly, NJ. Silver Medal
- Jan. 22, 2011: Pro Titanic's First Annual Ice Sculpture Competition at
Pigeon Forge, Pigeon Forge, TN. Silver Medal
- Jan. 15, 2011: Titanic's 5th Annual Ice Sculpture Competition, Branson, MO.
- Jan. 7-10, 2011: Greenbrier 1st Annual NICA Competition, White Sulphur
Springs, WV. Two Silver Medals
- Jan. 16, 2010: Titanic's 4th Annual Ice Sculpture Competition Branson, MO,
Individual Professional Competition. Silver Medal
- Feb. 8, 2009: Downers Grove National Competition, Silver Medal
- Jan. 31, 2009: Mt. Holly, NY, Fire and Ice, Bronze Medal
- Jan. 18, 2009: Branson, MO, Bronze Medal
- 2008 National Ice Carving Competition, Downers Grove, Bronze Medal
- 2007 National Ice Carving Competition, Downers Grove, Bronze Medal
- Jan. 20-21, 2006 Hamilton, OH, and Downers Grove, Bronze Medal
- Feb. 12-13, 2005: National Ice Competition, Bronze Medal
- Jan. 22, 2005: Hamilton, OH, Bronze Medal
- Jan. 25, 2005: West Lake, OH, Bronze Medal
- Jan. 29, 2005: Downers Grove, IL, Bronze Medal
- Jan. 8, 2005: Toledo, OH, Bronze Medal
- Feb. 14-15, 2004: National Ice Competition, Bronze Medal
- Jan. 23-24, 2004: Hamilton, OH, Silver Medal
- Jan. 18, 2003: Winter Magic and Logo Competition, Munster, IN, Bronze
- Jan. 4-5, 2003: Toledo Zoo, Bronze Medal
- Jan. 25, 2003: Hamilton, OH, Bronze Medal
- Jan. 26, 2002: Hamilton, OH, Bronze Medal
International Ice Magic Festival held in Lake Louise, Alberta Canada