Ice Castle

Silverthorne is a Colorado mountain town located in ski country, but doesn’t fit the typical tourist image. It is mainly a residential town, with strip malls and car dealerships along the main strip. In mountain town charm, it is easily overshadowed by neighboring Frisco and Breckenridge. But this winter, we did have something interesting: an ice castle. Built by Brent Christensen, the Ice Castle moved from it’s previous home in Utah to Colorado for this winter. Due to the warm winter, it opened late, and got built up more and more throughout the season as it got colder and snowier. An early spring brought really warm temperatures so we wanted to visit it before it melted and closed.

We went around mid March, around sunset, so we could see it with the lights on. Definitely a very cool experience. Huge ice structures with tunnels, chairs, and lots of interesting formations. All the kids who were there were having a lot of fun. My only gripe is that it is a bit expensive at $10 per adult and $7.50 per child; I wish there were discounted rates for locals.

Ice Castle at twilight
Cool ice tunnels
Golden hour at the Ice Castle
Icicles
Sharp!
Built layer upon layer throughout the winter
Exploring the Castle
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