Spectacular Ice Castles Composed of 20 Million Pounds of Ice

If you happen to be visiting Breckenridge, Colorado; Lincoln, New Hampshire; and Midway, Utah, you may want to check out these fascinating Ice Castles composed of 20 million pounds of ice. These glacial formations that include caverns, archways, paths and tunnels are colorfully illuminated at night.  For more information on tickets and other details, click here.

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Description by the artists:

Visitors often ask how we create the ice formations that we call ice castles.  We start by “growing” more than 5,000 icicles each day that we harvest and sculpt together.  Newly placed icicles are then drenched in freezing water.  The blend of icicle placement, changing temperatures, water volume, and wind result in an astonishing variety of ice formations.  And so all of the beauty you see at the ice castle is a unique blend of an artistic eye and mother nature’s work.

We repeat this process once or twice a day, depending on temperatures. and after about a few weeks of growth we can create very large towers, tunnels, archways, caves, caverns, and safe pathways for pedestrian exploration.  Continued development of the structures throughout the winter results in an evolving ice masterpiece.

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