This year, residents of Edmonton, Alberta will get to channel their inner Anna or Olaf inside an actual frozen castle. A spectacular ice castle, featuring a waterfall, a throne room, a tunnel maze and a tubular ice slide has just opened in the frosty northern city. Created by Ice Castles, a Utah-based company, the cool castle is built from tens of thousands of man-made icicles, copious amounts of water and the helping hand of Mother Nature.
The ice castle concept started one winter when Brent Christensen, Founder of Ice Castles, built an ice cave for his daughter at their home in Utah. The tiny ice cave sparked a massive idea.
The company’s magnificent structures weigh in at around 25 million pounds and have walls ten feet thick. During construction, around 10,000 icicles per day are created and incorporated into the structure. By day, the castles glow glacial blue while at night, thousands of LED lights embedded in the walls create a warm multicoloured glow.
For those worried about massive falling icicles, the Ice Castles website assures visitors that their man-made icicles do not behave like natural ones. Their icicles melt from the bottom rather than the top, meaning that the most visitors need to worry about is the occasional slushy drip during warmer days.
In addition to the Edmonton location, ice lovers can also visit castles in Midway, Utah, Eden Prairie, Minnesota and Lincoln, New Hampshire. The Edmonton and Midway locations are already open and Eden Prairie and Lincoln are set to open before the end of January.