STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO-October 25, 2012-Steamboat has always been a magical winter destination and the fairytale continues as a one-of-a-kind Ice Castle comes to life in Steamboat-Ski Town, U.S.A.® during this anniversary season. The Ice Castle is the only structure of its kind in Colorado and one of only two in the country, the other being at the Mall of America in Minneapolis.
“As one of the top family resorts in North America, Steamboat is always looking for new ways to delight families and entertain children,” said Chris Diamond, president and chief operating officer for the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation. “The Ice Castle isn’t just a fun adventure; it’s a breathtaking experience that can only be found in Steamboat.”
Creators Brent Christensen and Ryan Davis, and their 5-person team, will begin farming ice in November to create their signature Ice Castle, which is made entirely of ice, without any other supporting features. During the building process approximately 5,000 icicles are grown per day; with an estimated 50 days of building, for a total of almost 250,000 hand-placed icicles that form the frozen playground.
The turquoise-colored tunnels of the Ice Castles are sure to spark the imagination as you walk through thousands and thousands of hand placed icicles, which create this amazingly unique ice structure. These changing ice formations are dynamic, larger than life and something entirely new and unique-especially at night when the frozen setting is colorfully lit.
The Ice Castle in Steamboat will include three tiers of frozen towers and tunnels creating an organic and ever-evolving labyrinth landscape complete with a castle throne perfect for capturing that stunning photo. The icy towers that make up the interior of the castle create a look similar to glaciers transporting guests to a winter fantasy land that is only limited by their imagination.
“Steamboat was a perfect fit for the Ice Castle,” says Ryan Davis, creator of both the Steamboat and Mall of America Ice Castles. “Ski Town, U.S.A. is more than just skiing, it’s a complete winter playground, and every playground needs a castle.”
Located in Ski Time Square in the Mountain Village, The Ice Castle is expected to open in December and anticipates operating daily through early April (weather permitting). Specials and promotions will be available throughout the season.
The frozen fortress is another example of the abundant off-mountain activities that makes Steamboat a popular winter vacation destination. The Ice Castle, along with off-slope activities such as snowmobiling, horseback riding, winter tubing, hot air ballooning, sleigh rides, natural hot springs and mountain dining experiences can be booked through Steamboat Central Reservations online at www.steamboat.com or by calling 800-922-2722.