Visit for Two or Four to The Ice Castles (Up to 53% Off)

Steamboat Springs

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In a Nutshell

Castle built with 100,000+ icicles for structural support gleams in the sun or glows at night with lights embedded in 10,000+ tons of ice

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Expires Feb 28th, 2013. Limit 1 per person, may buy 20 additional as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Must sign waiver. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Ice has often been used for artistry, whether it’s carved into elegant swans for a fancy dinner or frozen into trays by cubists. Enjoy ice as art with this Groupon.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $15 for admission for two to The Ice Castles (a $30 value)
  • $28 for admission for four to The Ice Castles (a $60 value)

Though the dates may be subject to weather, the castle is expected to open in late December and close in early March. It’s open from noon to 10 p.m. on Monday–Friday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and from noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

The Ice Castles

In late December, The Ice Castles’ creator, Brent Christensen, and a team of ice artists will finish transforming more than 12,000 tons of ice into full-fledged castles at the Steamboat Ski Resort. With multiple large towers—including a two-tier tower at the ski resort formed by eight connecting towers—and ice walls, visitors are totally surrounded by the organic shapes of shimmering ice as they explore tunnels, courtyards, and caverns. In daytime, the castles glimmer in the sun; come nightfall, thousands of LED lights create an ethereal glow from within.

Today, the castle delights visitors of all ages, but the idea came from Brent Christensen’s winter playtimes with his kids. They had already made ice rinks, ice caves, and other chilly creations when Brent decided to build a fort entirely out of ice, using icicles as the base structure. The kids dubbed the structure an “ice castle”—and it started to look more and more like one as Brent added a cave, tunnels, and a slide that spilled onto an ice-skating rink. Eventually, cars started detouring to their block to drive past the creation, and local snowmen inquired about home prices. But the idea truly took off when a local resort asked him to build a larger ice castle for them. He’s built ice castles every winter since, including one in the winter of 2010–2011 that was featured in the Denver Post and called “a frosty, fairy-tale-like landscape” by the Los Angeles Times.

The Ice Castles

The Ice Castles’ creator, Brent Christensen, and a team of ice artists are currently transforming more than 15,000 tons of ice into full-fledged castles in three locations. Once completed, the towering structures of ice and shimmering light are open for exploration. Guests are free to view the organically grown ice towers, tunnels, caves and caverns at their own pace. In daytime, the castles glimmer in the sun; come nightfall, thousands of LED lights create an ethereal glow from within.

Today, the castles delights visitors of all ages, but the idea came from Brent Christensen’s winter playtimes with his kids. They had already made ice rinks, ice caves, and other chilly creations when Brent decided to build a fort entirely out of ice, using icicles as the base structure. The kids dubbed the structure an “ice castle”—and it started to look more and more like one as Brent added a cave, tunnels, and a slide that spilled onto an ice-skating rink. Eventually, cars started detouring to their block to drive past the creation, and local snowmen inquired about home prices. But the idea truly took off when a local resort asked him to build a larger ice castle for them. He’s built ice castles every winter since, including one in the winter of 2010–2011 that was featured in the Denver Post and called “a frosty, fairy-tale-like landscape” by the Los Angeles Times.

All Locations

  • Steamboat Springs (1556.9 miles)

    1900 Ski Time Square Drive

    Steamboat Springs, Colorado 80487

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