Depending on conditions, water can enter into any of the three states of matter: gas, liquid, and castle. View a solidified structure with today’s Groupon to The Ice Castles at Silverthorne. Choose between the following options:
- For $11, you get a visit for two (up to a $20 value).
- For $20, you get a visit for four (up to a $40 value).<p>
With nationwide attention from publications such as Oprah.com, the Los Angeles Times, and the Huffington Post, The Ice Castles at Silverthorne stand as a jaw-dropping destination constructed entirely from icicles. More than 10,000 tons of ice form the castle’s arches, tunnels, and spires, some of which reach almost 30 feet into the air. The castle is lit by more than 200 lights frozen inside the ice itself, which create an ephemeral glow in the evening akin to Superman’s Fortress of Solitude under the aurora borealis. Tickets are good for all-day access to the castle, allowing visitors to marvel at its one-acre grandeur in the daylight and experience its unearthly shimmer in the evening.
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.