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New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day Hours

The Ice Castle will be open on New Year’s Eve and on New Years Day.

Our hours on New Years Eve are as follows:
Breckenridge, CO: 2pm to 12:30am
Midway, UT:  2pm to 12:30am
Lincoln, NH: 2pm to 12:30am
 

On New Year’s Day we will resume regular operating hours which are as follows:

Breckenridge, CO: 2pm to 10pm
Midway, UT:  2pm to 9pm
Lincoln, NH: 2pm to 10pm

 

We hope to see you!

 

Photo from 2011 Midway Ice Castle by Brad Creeze via Flickr.

Ticket Pricing and Using Online Tickets

Opening dates are set for Dec. 26 in Breckenridge and Dec. 27 in UT and NH, and each site opens at 6:00 PM on opening day.

If you bought a ticket through Amazon or Groupon or Living Social they have a opening date on the ticket of January 2nd.  The reason for this date is that we had to select the date long before we knew when we would open.  So you can disregard the opening date that is printed on the ticket.  You are welcome to use the digital tickets as soon as we open.  All that is required to use the digital tickets is to register them (to get the ticket into our software POS system) and then you are free to come on any day but the two blackout dates (President’s Day and Martin Luther King Day.)

There is a pricing discrepancy between the prices shown on our website and the commerce page.  We are working to update this and should have it resolved by Monday.

Thanks!

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Ice Castle Design

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Last year we spent a lot of time speaking with and listening to our guests so that we could really understand what they liked best.  This year’s design for all of our Ice Castles will expanded the features that our guests enjoy the most.

What that means:

  1. More Tunnels.  This year there are a lot of tunnels of all kinds.  Tunnels will be  taller, wider, longer, tighter, and more amazing than in the past.  For the more adventurous, some of the tunnels will be cave-like, allowing guests to squeeze and slide through some fun spaces.
  2. More color changing lights, especially in the tunnels–imagine walking through a glacier at night and once inside the walls begin to glow and then radiate all the colors of the rainbow.
  3. Overall Design.  Each castle will have new ice formations that we’ve not created in the past.  Some resemble slot canyons, some resemble pathways carved by glacial rivers, and some do not resemble any type of ice feature normally found in nature so there really isn’t a comparison.
  4. Water and Fire.  We’ll leave this to be described better later…stay tuned!

We can’t wait to have you visit.

When will you open?

We are starting to get this question a lot!

The day that we can open depends on the weather over the next few weeks.   Our best guesses are below.  Remember that we may open a few days early or a few days later than the dates below.   The reason is that the weather may be a little warmer than normal or a little colder than normal.

Best estimates:

Breckenridge, Colorado:  We expect that we’ll be open Dec 26, 2013.   Breckenridge is COLD, COLD, COLD, and our Ice Castle is already 6′ tall.

Lincoln, NH:  The weather at Loon Mountain is turning colder and we are ready to start making ice any day now.  We expect that this location will open Dec 27th.  We may make it a day or two early, but it is too early to say.

Midway, UT: We expect to start making ice next week and open on Dec 27th.

And we will not be located in Minnesota this winter nor will we be in Steamboat.  Our only locations are the three locations mentioned above.

Please keep an eye on this website for current information!  Thank you.

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New Hampshire – First East Coast Ice Castle

Our first Ice Castle on the East Coast will debut in Lincoln, NH at Loon Mountain Ski Resort.   Cold weather is on its way to the East Coast and we are ready.  We expect to open at this location around New Years Day.   The day that we can open will depend on the weather over the next 4 to 6 weeks.  We will keep this website updated with current information on our progress.  We hope to see you there!

Here is a photo of ice towers from last year’s Ice Castle in Steamboat Springs.  The photo was taken by Stephonie Schmitz.

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Ice Castle Returning to Utah!

We are so excited to announce that this year the Ice Castle will return to Midway, Utah.  We hope to see you there!

Here is one of our favorite photos of Brent, taken at one of his first Ice Castles in Midway:

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Brent, the Ice Castle Artist

The picture below is of Brent Christensen.  He is the Ice Castle creator, artist, and genius behind the experience of the Ice Castles.

You’ll notice that Brent is wearing a helmet and warm, water proof gloves.  The reason for the helmets, gloves, and waterproof clothing is that all of our Ice Castles are crafted by hand, literally one icicle at a time.

And if you want to know more about just how we build these Ice Castles, click here.

Day - Engineer - 2012-12 MOA - Brian BensonPhoto taken by Brian Benson.