Icicles are growing to be used in the Ice Castles at Dillon. Courtesy photo
Construction has now begun on Ice Castles, the popular icy wonderland in Dillon. Build crews have turned on water and begun growing icicles – the primary building material for the acre-sized attraction.
Each day, ice artisans will grow and harvest up to 10,000 icicles to build the winter experience. Each of those icicles is then hand-placed and sprayed with water. The process is repeated until the castles reach heights of around 30 feet. The Utah-based company behind the attraction anticipates the Dillon location could open as early as mid-December this season.
“Mother Nature has been our friend this month,” said Ice Castles CEO Ryan Davis, “Our crews have been working hard over the last week to make ice and build an interactive experience that families across Colorado will love.”
The team of ice artisans in Dillon will spend a combined 4,000 hours this season dripping, shaping and hand-placing the icicles, while embedding the structures with color-changing LED lights to create a life-size winter playground.
This year’s castles in Dillon will feature ice-carved slides, tunnels, fountains, crawl spaces and more.
Dillon is one of six Ice Castles locations in North America. Other locations include Midway, Utah, Excelsior, Minn., Lincoln, N.H., Lake Geneva, Wisc. and Edmonton, Alberta.
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