This spectacular winter wonderland is a frozen labyrinth of caverns, archways, glacial formations, and tunnels in Colorado, Utah, and New Hampshire. Creator Brent Christensen began building these insane designs when he and his family first moved to Utah. A combination of artistic endeavor and cabin fever led to his first at-home attempt which his kids dubbed the “Ice Castle.” He gradually developed his idea and has since moved from the backyard into much larger spaces where everyone is welcome to purchase tickets and wander through.
Each winter, Christensen and a full team of sculptors start by producing more than 5,000 icicles that are then collected and arranged together as the scaffolding of the structures. The large frame is then drenched in water twice a day for a few weeks until the ice is thick enough to carve. Each castle includes unexpected frozen formations caused by natural interactions like temperatures and wind combined with hand-carved towers and passageways. The adventurous constructions are made completely out of 20,000 pounds of ice and snow that are prime for exploration!