Alex Boye and Lexi Walker cover Frozen “Let it Go” at the Ice Castle
Check out the video with Alex and Lexi and over 90 choir members inside the Ice Castle.
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Below are our general recommendations for visiting the Ice Castle. More specific information on each site can be found in its page, the links are in the header.
All of our Ice Castles are outdoors and each is made entirely of ice and snow, this includes the walking surfaces inside the Ice Castle. We recommend:
Wear boots and a warm coat.
Child carriers or letting children walk (see explanation below)
Bring a camera with a flash.
The image to the right gives an idea of the walking surface. We groom the walking surface with a high speed tiller that crushes and mixes snow and ice. Depending on outside temperatures, this surface can range from powder, to chunky, to a little slushy. Some places will be slippery and there will be larger chunks of ice mixed into the walking surface. We do our best to crush it as small as we can, but it is difficult to make a perfect walking surface when using only snow and ice. So please watch your step.
Because the walking surface will have chunks of ice that are varying sizes, it is difficult to push strollers through. We recommend that guests carry infants and small children. If children are able to walk, that is best.
Tickets can be purchased online or at the gate to any of the Ice Castles.
Discounted tickets for Seniors and Military must be purchased in person at the gate. Discounted tickets for groups must be purchased in advance, through our group sales team. To contact Group Sales email groupsales at icecastles.com.
After buying tickets online, here is how you will redeem your ticket at the Ice Castle:
Select the ticket you wish to buy (note that NH and UT prices vary)
To get $1 off each ticket, select the social share option to share on Facebook
Purchase the ticket online
After a ticket is purchased, an email will be sent with a QR code for each ticket
Show the QR code(s) on your phone to the Ice Castle attendant. We will scan the code at the gate.
If you purhcased your ticket through Groupon, LIving Social or through KSL, you must register your voucher to get a ticket. Instructions on how to do this can be found in your account with Groupon, Living Social, Amazon, or KSL. If you still have questions on how to register, email your question to firstname.lastname@example.org. You do not have to reserve a specific date, registration is the only thing that is required.
Built one icicle at a time
Visitors often ask how we create the ice formations that we call ice castles. We start by “growing” more than 5,000 icicles each day that we harvest and sculpt together. Newly placed icicles are then drenched in freezing water. The blend of icicle placement, changing temperatures, water volume, and wind result in an astonishing variety of ice formations. And so all of the beauty you see at the ice castle is a unique blend of an artistic eye and mother nature’s work.
We repeat this process once or twice a day, depending on temperatures. and after about a few weeks of growth we can create very large towers, tunnels, archways, caves, caverns, and safe pathways for pedestrian exploration. Continued development of the structures throughout the winter results in an evolving ice masterpiece.
It all started in Brent’s backyard.
In order to understand the ice castle, there are a couple things you need to know about Brent, the creator of the Ice Castle. You need to know that Brent is an artistic genius and an amazing, dedicated dad. The combination of these delightful traits mixed with moving his family from California to Utah combined with a dash of stir-crazy cabin fever were the ingredients that made up the the beginnings of the ice castles.
When Brent moved his young family from California to Utah they wanted to do something exciting in the new found cold weather. So of course, like any dedicated father, Brent went to work on an ice rink in the back yard….but not just any old ice rink. This first-time ice rink came complete with a 20′ slide, an ice cave, and a castle like tower reaching 20′ into Utah’s rocky mountain sky. His children affectionately called it the “Ice Castle.”
Although the first ice castle was a winter hit–it was springtime disaster waiting to happen. You see, Brent built the frame of the slide, tower and cave out of wood and made the ice by sprinkling the wood scaffolding with water. After cleaning up the splintered remains of that first winter, he spent the summer thinking that there had to be a way to create Ice Castles by just using ice. By the time cooler temperatures again arrived he was outside working through a method, that he later patented, to create ice towers, tunnels, and archways by using icicles as the base scaffolding on which to spray water. ”Ice just works a lot better,” he is fond of saying.
Amazing things happen here…Lindsey Sterling
What started out as quick brainstorming session about getting some video at the Ice Castle turned into one of Youtube’s most popular videos of 2012.
If you are not familiar with Lindsey Stirling’s “Crystalize” as filmed and produced by Devin Graham (aka devinsupertramp and lindseystomp) you NEED to watch this video. And if you’ve already seen the amazing cinematography and heard Lindsey’s violyn do dubstep, it’s always worth another go!