Ice Castle construction in Dillon starts with icicle-growing
Construction is officially underway at a popular icy wonderland in Dillon. Build crews at Ice Castles started growing and harvesting icicles Nov. 25 to create the acre-sized attraction at Dillon Town Park.
Over the next few weeks, ice artists will grow and harvest up to 10,000 icicles each day, then hand-place and spray each icicle with water and repeat until the castles reach heights of about 30 feet. The Utah-based company behind the attraction anticipates that the Dillon location will open in the days surrounding Christmas, although exact opening dates are weather-dependent.
“Mother Nature is our primary architect, and we are always amazed by what she allows us to create each season.” said Ice Castles CEO Ryan Davis. “Our crew in Colorado has been working hard over the last few weeks laying out the castle’s design so we can build a unique, winter experience that is fun for people of all ages.”
The team of ice artists 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 fairytale playground. Dillon is one of six Ice Castles locations in North America, along with Midway, Utah, New Brighton, Minnesota, North Woodstock, New Hampshire, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, and Edmonton, Alberta.
This is the third season for Ice Castles in Dillon. The attraction features ice-carved slides, tunnels, fountains, crawl spaces and towers of cascading waterfalls. For those interested in reserving tickets early, presale vouchers are available at icecastles.com/colorado/ until Monday.