Lake Baikal - is a lake in Eastern Siberia, the maximum depth is more than 1600 metres, the length of Lake Baikal is 636 km, the width is from 25 to 80 km. There is the Olkhon island near the northwest shore of lake Baikal. Olkhon is the heart of ancient stories and historical legendaries.
The Festival of the ice sculpture “Crystal Seal 2011” Lake Baikal, will take place on the Baikal Lake’s ice on the territory of the Listvyanka village, in the Ice Village “Crystal Fairy Tale” in front of the hotel “Mayak” in February, 2011. This Festival will be the qualification’s stage of the World Ice Art Championship "Ice Alaska" in Alaska, USA.
Ice Sculpture Competition “Crystal Seal 2011” will take place in the framework “Winter Contest 2011” under the support of the Agency of the tourism and the Committee for Youth Policy of Irkutsk Region, the Government of Irkutsk Region and the organizing committee of the World Ice Art Championship "Ice Alaska".
The main purposes of Ice Sculpture Competition “Crystal Seal 2011” are formation of the national team for the World Ice Art Championship "Ice Alaska 2012" that will represent Russia, attracting attention to the tourist’s potential of Lake Baikal and Siberia, developing the winter kind of rest on Lake Baikal. Memorable and runner-up prizes will be awarded to all participants.
Contest’s name for the Festival is “My Baikal”. The Festival organizers are Creative Group “Crystal Swan” and “Baikal Visa” Travel Association.
The Competition Program is the following: December, 25 – Opening of the Ice Village "Crystal Fairy Tale" in Listvyanka on the of Lake Baikal’s ice. February, 12 –Opening Press Conference of The Festival of the ice sculpture “Crystal Seal 2011” on Lake Baikal at the hotel "Mayak". Opening Ceremony of Ice Sculpture Qualification Competition “Crystal Seal 2011”. Ice sculptors will be trying to prove they are the best in their craft and they have a right to represent Russia in the World Ice Art Championship for a week. February, 19 – Estimation of Sculptures by Judges, Summing up of the Results, Awarding of the Winners. Press Conference at the hotel "Mayak".
After the summering up of the results on territory of the ice village there will be an exhibition of master sculptures for the visitors a mass-cultural activity and small show programs.
During the Festival in Listvyanka there will be a lot of entertainment activities for children and adults, a magnificent ice restaurant where you can try to eat Baikal omul (Baikal fish), hot Siberian tea for keeping warm, the residence of Grandfather Frost and Snow Maiden, ice-slopes and a sweeming pool, a covered ice-hole for the bathing and other ice attractions. For all outdoor activity fans there will be a huge skating rink on the Lake Baikal ice.