Snowphy Trophy Challenge – the Glebe’s snowman competition

January 22, 2020 | by glebeadmin


There is a raging debate among Canadians surrounding how to build the best-ever snowman. A corn cob pipe? A button nose? Two coal eyes? A magical top hat?

If you ask defending Snowphy Trophy champs Tay and Kai Reeves, who won last year’s Snowphy Trophy Challenge with their 10-foot snow lady Vacation Victoria, they’ll tell you the best snowman comes from science.

The two brothers used what they learned in science class to build snow ramps in their back yard in order to build Victoria taller than an NBA baller. The creation stood an impressive 10-feet tall and boasted a Hawaiian skirt, a sun hat and a seashell bathing suit. She was clearly having a good time in their Glebe backyard, with a poolside daiquiri in hand. The towering snow lady wowed our judges, but also impressed mom.

“I was really proud of them because of the fact that they had applied what they had learned from a visit for Science in Schools to building their snowman,” said their mother Dana Reid. “And it was nice to see them work together to create such a wonderful creature in our back yard.”


Aside from the fun prize package that sent them shopping at Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s, Alicia Confections and to Cineplex for a movie night, the two creative brothers also had their names engraved on the Snowphy Trophy and carried bragging rights for the winter. The award sat prominently in the trophy case at Mutchmor School for all their friends to marvel at. Now, they’ll hope to repeat as champions again this year.

This year’s challenge will give winners some free cash to pick up some new winter gear at Kunstadt Sports and to load up on sweets at Lindt Lansdowne before heading to see a movie of their choice at Cineplex VIP Lansdowne. All you have to do is build your best snowman and send a picture of it to us at or use #snowphytrophy on social media.

There is no snow creation too big or too small for this competition. Build a classic Frosty or sculpt your favourite sports star. Or carve up your favourite winter animal to tie into our five life-size snow animals that will be on display along Bank Street during Snowmania, the Glebe’s official Winterlude event. Snow sculptors will carve out iconic winter animals at Reliable Parts, Boston Pizza, Feleena’s, the Fourth Avenue Baptiste Church and Sporting Life. Make sure you come down to check out these talented artists bring a beaver, a deer, a squirrel, an owl and a big bad wolf to life in snow.

“Winterlude is the ultimate time to celebrate our favourite Canadian pastimes in the nation’s capital, from skating on the Canal to building a frosty snowman with friends and family,” said Glebe BIA Programming & Events Manager Dana Thibeault. “We invite everyone to grab an old top hat and see what kind of magic they can bring to life.”

Participants are encouraged to build any snow creation their imagination can dream up – a classic snowman, an iconic cartoon character or a majestic animal to tie in with the sculptures along Bank Street. Builders can simply enter the contest online via social media by posting a photo of their creation using the hashtag #snowphytrophy or by tagging us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at @intheglebe. Submissions can also be entered via email to

With the recent dump of snow, you better get carving. Deadline for the competition is Family Day, February 17, 2020. Good luck!