While growing up in Wisconsin, I had many opportunities to carve snow caves out of the snowy embankment at the entrance to our driveway. In leaner years, my sister and I built roofless forts to protect us from snowball missiles. Many years later, I watched James Bond’s Die Another Day and fell in love with the Ice Palace.
So when I drove back from skiing and glimpsed unusual lighting on some enormous walls of ice and snow, I had to check it out. Someone built an ice castle in Breckenridge! I had to go.
The crew created over 5000 icicles a day by pouring water into a pipe and freezing it. Then they doused it with more water to create a unique shape.
Thousands of them were frozen together to form walls.
Some of rooms resembled movie sets.
Other walls resembled sea creatures.
I wandered through these other-worldly dreamscapes
while some lights changed color by the seconds and added to the drama.
I have to believe this art project took hundreds of hours to create. It will melt under the Colorado sunshine.
The air nipped my nose, but these sculptures nudged my imagination
and stirred my soul.
I took 150 photos. There are many more to come.
Is exploring an ice castle on your bucket list?
For more information about Breckenridge’s Ice Castle, click HERE.
Click HERE to see James Bond arrive at the Ice Hotel.