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 icecastles.com
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