This winter, Ice Castles, LLC will bring a one-of-a-kind experience to Midway as it unveils a massive castle made only of ice. The Ice Castle will feature lofty ice towers, shimmering archways, glowing tunnels, narrow slot canyons, glossy walls, roomy caverns and frozen thrones—all made entirely of ice.
Ice Castles are the brainchild of Utah-based ice architect Brent Christensen, who began building small ice structures in his Alpine yard in 2008. In 2009, Christensen built his first large-scale Ice Castle at Midway’s Zermatt Resort. In the three years since, Christensen has built Ice Castles in Colorado and Minnesota that have attracted over 300,000 visitors. Christensen has patterned his design for Midway after well-known geological features across the state, like slot canyons, arches and cave-like tunnels. Guests are invited to not only view the beauty of the structures but also to squeeze, squish and crawl through parts of the stunning, Narnia-like display.
Past visitors have been awed by the palatial abodes, each of which are created entirely by hand, using only icicles and water as the building medium. Millions of icicles sparkle a glacial blue by day and glow multi-colored at night with the help of thousands of LED lights embedded in the ice.
“Ice Castles really are one of the most unique and beautiful places on earth,” said Christensen. “And every visitor gets a distinctive experience since the ice is constantly melting, freezing and being reshaped. It’s an amazing continuously evolving experience.”
Midway’s ice castle began construction in late November and will be open to the public in late December through March 2014, weather permitting. The Ice Castle will be open from 2-10 p.m. Monday through Friday; and noon-10 p.m. on Saturdays. For ages four and up, tickets are $7.95 Monday through Thursday and $9.95 Friday-Saturday (closed Sunday). Senior, military and group discounts are available. Tickets can be purchased on site or at www.icecastles.com/buy-tickets/.
See beautiful photos and videos or learn more at www.icecastles.com.