Silvethorne Ice Castles your chance to win free tickets!

CatchCarri with one of the creators of the Ice Castles, Ryan Davis

CatchCarri with one of the creators of the Ice Castles, Ryan Davis

If there is anywhere you want to be frozen in time it’s at the Silverthorne Ice Castles. A base structure of more than 100,000 icicles placed one by one then fused together then sprayed with water create dramatic structures made only of water turned ice. Each day up to 5,000 icicles are harvested at the icicle farm on-site. After freezing overnight, crews attach the icicles to the existing structures. There are no supporting substructures, or additives in the water- everything is made purely of ice.

Come night, sprinklers turn on creating towers, spires, walls, tunnels and cascades. Right now the tallest tower is about 30 feet tall- by March it could be much taller.  Paths are carved in the largest tower giving you the freedom to explore and see an inside look of the masterpiece. An array of colored lights flipped on at sunset enhances the Ice Castles.

Who is behind the brilliant idea? The Ice Castles first sprung up in Midway Utah but with a mild winter forecasted in the Beehive state creator, Brent Christensen, packed up his idea for Colorado. After building an ice fort for his kids in his front yard two years ago, curious crowds kept mingling. Christensen soon realized he was on to something bigger than he expected. Going grandioso the next year, he built 30 towers spectacular towers at a public park.

The Ice Castles at Silverthorne are open every day including Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7.50 for kids. For more information visit

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  1. #1 by Whitney on February 17, 2012 - 7:29 am

    How late into the year will the castles last?

  2. #2 by Elise on February 17, 2012 - 9:40 am

    At what point in your life did you decide to build castles out of ice?

  3. #3 by Eric on February 17, 2012 - 1:01 pm

    What would happen if a dog decided to use one of your beautifully intricate ice castles as a fire hydrant?

  4. #4 by Stacey on February 17, 2012 - 3:55 pm

    Have you ever visited ice castles from around the world, like the Sapporo Ice Castles?

  5. #5 by Blake on February 17, 2012 - 4:14 pm

    What is your favorite part about the ice castle?

  6. #6 by Chris on February 17, 2012 - 4:23 pm

    How early in the year can you start building these?

  7. #7 by Chelsea Brotherton on February 17, 2012 - 4:53 pm

    How do you ensure the utmost precision when sculpting the castles?

  8. #8 by Brandon Demeyer on February 17, 2012 - 6:03 pm

    How big of a ice sculpture can you make?

  9. #9 by Leroy Giliam on February 17, 2012 - 6:06 pm

    What kind of mote would you make for this castle?

  10. #10 by Lisa Croce on February 17, 2012 - 6:17 pm

    This is pure beautiful art. Have you done other types of sculpting, painting, etc? And is it a cathartic and delicate process or tough, grunt work?

  11. #11 by Abbey on February 17, 2012 - 6:21 pm

    Is this a part time job, or full?

  12. #12 by nikki wicht on February 18, 2012 - 9:31 am

    How did you choose colorado to be a host of the ice castles?

  13. #13 by kari on February 18, 2012 - 11:06 am

    Have you done this before & if so, what’s the biggest castle you’ve ever made?

  14. #14 by Deb W on February 18, 2012 - 11:37 am

    How do you clean up & retrieve all the sprinkler system piping after the season has ended?

  15. #15 by Adam on February 18, 2012 - 2:01 pm

    How long does it take for all of it to melt?

  16. #16 by Lori Y on February 18, 2012 - 3:56 pm

    Do weather changes affect your plans on the structures, causing you to make adjustments in your designs?

  17. #17 by Elizabeth Burmeister on February 20, 2012 - 5:55 pm

    Ever think about sculpting on Everest?

  18. #18 by Amy on February 20, 2012 - 8:19 pm

    Are you planning on building the ice castles in Silverthorne again next year? I sure hope so! I love riding by and seeing the progress you have made! I am also so happy for you when I see the parking lot so full! Thank you for sharing your creativity with all of us! 🙂

  19. #19 by Katie Boué on February 21, 2012 - 11:57 am

    I’m in awe of all the delicate looking formations, especially all the small details. How does the weather forecast impact your ‘game plan’ for maintaining and creating the ice castles and features?

  20. #20 by Mark Holleman on February 21, 2012 - 8:35 pm

    Where did you come up with the idea of building these castles? Where did your inspiration come from?

  21. #21 by Elise on February 22, 2012 - 8:06 am

    How much water is frozen to make the ice castles?

  22. #22 by Josh Klaffke on February 22, 2012 - 9:50 am

    The tallest tower at the Silverthorne Ice Castles is 30ft tall. How long did it take to form that 30ft tower?

  23. #23 by Andrew Baird on February 22, 2012 - 5:07 pm

    Are you able to live in the Castles throughout the winter?

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