These incredible manmade ice walls, tunnels, slides, and other creations are well worth the cost and travel. You’ve probably seen these beautiful sculptures on Pinterest, Youtube, or a viral Facebook post. Wherever you saw them, you’ll be happy to know that they used to only appear in Utah but have since expanded to 6 locations every winter (and are always looking to build in new locations).
The Ice Castles company started in Utah where we grew up, but we actually saw them for the first time in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Back then, their crew could only build in one location each year. Since the Ice Castles crew grow roughly 10,000 icicles every day and place them throughout the construction area to melt, freeze, and form into a larger structure over time, it's a slow process. If you live in the area I highly suggest purchasing a season pass so you can watch the castles grow from a few feet to the massive walls and tunnels.
Sadly they don't do private events, wedding ceremonies, or reservations. They deal with a high amount of visitors every year and can't accommodate everyone. However, they accept applications for private photography sessions so you could potentially book a photoshoot with them.
What if you’re too far away to drive and see these amazing ice creations? I suggest saving up some money and flying out to one of their locations as part of a winter getaway adventure. It’s well worth the effort and could turn into a fun holiday tradition.
You can read about our visit to the ice castes here: vaguelycrunchy.com/colorado/steamboat-springs