Ice Castles

Ice Castles in Lincoln, NH

 

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My friend Jeff and I spent two and a half hours our first time wandering around inside the 4,300+ square foot Ice Castle in Lincoln, New Hampshire. We took our time exploring each of the castle’s rooms looking for hidden amenities. The atmosphere’s captivating ambience set by lights consistently changing color orchestrated to the instrumental music playing. Inside the Ice Castles, we discovered colossal ice towers, tunnels to climb through, and archways uniting together the grand chambers occupying countless stalactites. Jeff and I were glad we made the decision to dress in loose layers for all the crawling you can do in the tunnels the crew members sculpt out for guests to enjoy.

How is an Ice Castle built?

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Alpine, Utah in 2008, the Ice Castles start being built in the backyard of Owner, Brent Christensen. Christensen developed the patented technique to build the Ice Castles. Which includes a combination of the right temperature, water system, and crew members. Depending on the temperature outside, an Ice Castle needs 5,000 to 10,000 icicles per day for its structure to remain safe and intact. The Ice Castles base scaffolding 

sets only with cold temperatures, water, and constant placing of icicles. Ice Castle crew members are responsible for harvesting and sculpting the icicles, and forming walls to provide a surface for more water to freeze too.

The Ice Slide

Ice Castle crew members also sculpt out an ice slide for visitors to experience, and the wait in line is certainly worth it. Even though the slide is a few feet and lasts for less than a minute, it does have you gripping tight on the ride down. I was lucky enough to bring my Nikon D3200 along with me on the slide and capturing it all on my camera for my family, friends, and you to enjoy.

Even though the slide isn’t long, you do pick up a lot of speed sliding down the ice on the provided mats. But, unquestionably worth the enjoyment to feel like a kid again.

Things to See Inside

The next photograph I took was of a crew member climbing the walls of an archway to investigate whether or not more icicles were needed. To witness up close how an Ice Castle is built is an undeniably tangible memory the crew member made for me, my friend and camera by climbing in the archway.

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Another crew member taking the time to re-shape the thrown for any Ice Castle Princess and Prince to sit in. A woman standing behind him watching asked, “What are you doing?” The crew member responded, “It was so busy these past few days the thrown was unfortunately neglected. And because of all the warm bums sitting in the thrown, it’s looking rather uncomfortable.”

It is impressive to watch him chisel out the thrown and witness the amount of effort it takes to sculpt and shape the ice into the image you portray in your mind.

Unfortunately, tripods were not allowed inside. So throughout the evening, I aimlessly took photographs of the Ice Castle. Trying to capture in the night sky along with the upper walls lining the castle’s inside. The photograph below is blurry, but it presents a prominent silhouette of a man’s face carved by a crew member into the Ice Castle’s wall.

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I’m fortunate enough to capture this blurry photograph with my camera, to show how dedicated the crew is to ensure guests hold a real experience amidst the ice. This experience has left me wanting to uncover whatever else is hiding inside the Ice Castle’s walls, no matter which state they’re in.

Enjoy and Get Lost Wandering Inside The Ice Castles.

Candice.

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Candice's passion for graphic design and photography began in 2008. Her passion evolves from an enthusiasm she has for writing and reading. Candice's graphic design and photography experiences allow her to create with an innovative flow and thought process as a freelance artist.

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