With all this warm weather that we’ve had in Silverthorne we have received several emails regarding the status of the Ice Castle. This post is to provide some information as to how we see the rest of the season.
Today’s 10 day forecast (as of March 6th) shows that we’ll have a lot of warm days and cold nights with daytime highs in the high 30′s to low 40′s and nights in the low 20′s to high teens.
If this holds fairly accurate, it is a great weather pattern for us to switch from Ice Castle growth mode to maintenance mode. The cold nights allow us to freeze back what dripped off during the day. We won’t grow much ice to increase the height of the ice castle, but the water we run at night will keep the ice fresh and will replace what we drip off during the day.
Our hope and plan is to stay open through the month of March. If we continue to have cold nights, as is forecasted, then we should be able to do this. However, if the nighttime lows start reaching into the 30′s, then we may not be able to remain open the entire month.
So if you are planning to visit the Ice Castle in the month of March, we suggest that you do so in the next two weeks. We plan to be open for another three weeks at least, but we will have to see if the weather will cooperate.
We’ll keep the blog and Facebook page updated if this appears to change. If you have a question that we have not answered, please post to our Facebook wall so that everyone can see the question and the answer. Thanks!