Elegant Ice Equipment
Ithaca Ice Wars, Ithaca NY 2017
Dec 8 – Dec 9 all-day

Friday Night Speed Carving Battle

Saturday 1 Block Carver and Deliver

Saturday 2 Block Show Piece

Room and meals included.

Contact for entry.


Annual event held on the historic Ithaca commons has been a favorite among competitors. The hospitality is first class and the event is unique and inspiring.

NICA US Collegiate Championships and Pro/Master Revisited Competition
Jan 26 – Jan 28 all-day
NICA US Collegiate Championships and Pro/Master Revisited Competition @ Frankenmuth | Michigan | United States


Zehnder’s Snowfest, Our 27th Anniversary

Frankenmuth, Michigan

The National Ice Carving Association U.S. National Collegiate Ice Carving Championships 

Presented By Zehnder’s Snowfest 2018


CLICK Here for Entry Form:   Collegiate Ice Entry 2018


January 26, 27, 28 2018


Weather Permitting, All Collegiate Events Will Take Place in Zehnder Park Just South of

Zehnder’s Restaurant


John Zehnder, CEC, AAC, HGT

Zehnder’s Snowfest Ice Event Chair



john.zehnder@zehnders. com

Office: 989 652-0410

Cell: 989 751-4426

FAX: 99 652-3544

N.I.C.A. National Collegiate Ice Carving Championships 2018

Competition Specifics


Exact times and location of events may change due to weather conditions and outside temperature.


The competition is divided into three separate events.

All carvers must compete in all three events.

All carvers must be 18 years-old at time of competition.


We will have helpers to assist in stacking blocks, if necessary. Coaches are not permitted to handle ice without permission from the N.I.C.A. judges.


Competitors are given at 10’ x 10’ area in which to carve.

Individual carver locations are – luck of the draw.

Any sun or wind protectors are the responsibility of the carvers.


Decision of the N.I.C.A. officials is final.


Carving Blocks

Provided by Chad Hartson- Ice Creations

11”x 22” x 45”


Compulsory Event

One Block

Judges will provide a specific template prior to the event that will require the use of several techniques.


Freestyle Event

One Block

Carvers may choose to do any design they wish, but the figure must include specific techniques assigned by the judges.


Team Event

Three Blocks

Team partners will work together to carve a piece of their choosing.



N.I.C.A.  National Ice Carving Championships 2018


National Ice Carving Association

Specific Rules Governing This Event


Any Questions Concerning These Rules Must Be Addressed to the National Ice Carving Association Director, Ken Dieterich


  1. The competition is comprised of two person teams.
  2. Both members of the team must attend the same institution of higher learning.
  3. Students must attend full time and present proof that they are registered at the time of the competition.


NEW FOR 2018

  1. Due to lodging and carving site limitations, we must limit our competition to 16 teams – 32 carvers.  Each college may bring up to three teams.



NICA Education Symposium @ Catersource 2018 Las Vegas
Feb 18 @ 12:36 pm – Feb 21 @ 1:36 pm

NICA Educational Symposium @ The Catersource conference and Tradeshow

February 18 – 21 2018

Las Vegas

Promo Code     NICA18     Saves you $$$$$$ Book by 11/30/17 and save $150 off your registration. $50 after 11/30/2017



This year NICA will be holding educational space in the confecnce for NICA attendees to attendee ice carving demonstrations and classes. In tandem, the Catersource conference will be taking place where you as an attendee are able to explore a vast schedule of over the top speakers and educators… and SUPRISE there is a lot there for an ice carver, especially a business. We as an association have represented there for five years and this is the first step at an annual opportunity for ice carving business and ice carvers of all stages. Overall this is a four day event. There are two days of education put together by Catersource, and NICA. As a NICA attendee you are permitted to go to both days of conference and the two days tradeshow.  The Catersource tradeshow is where NICA will demo ice daily to educate and promote the business concepts in ice that caterers, chefs, event planners and more! We are looking for attendees to work with NICA to promote ice through demonstration and discussion. This is your opportunity to really talk face to face with over 10,000 professional caterers, chefs, event planners and more!


Please visit this website to view more about it.


Check this out for classes! Amazing!


What will NICA be doing? We are locking in respected talent to talk, demo and educate. This is for all levels of ice carvers. If we have enough interest we can make this and ACF certification points opportunity too.





Inspired Ice
Mar 23 all-day



Inspired Ice!


Use links to discover all about this event, held annually in Yellowknife Canada NWT on the frozen… Great Slave Lake.


Watch this video to grasp the place that excites us all.



ACF 2018 Cook. Craft. Create. Confernece in NOLA
Jul 15 – Jul 19 all-day