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Cripple Creek, Colorado, September 26, 2023 – A magical, frozen attraction is bringing its fairytale experience back to the Centennial State. After two seasons away, Ice Castles will return to Colorado in December 2023 with a new location in Cripple Creek. Cripple Creek is well known for its annual Ice Festival, scheduled for February 17th-25 th in 2024, and is looking forward to the best winter season yet.
Ice Castles will begin building its immersive winter attraction in Cripple Creek as soon as late October or early November.
The acclaimed winter attraction features tunnels, caverns, towers, fountains, slides, and crawl spaces built entirely from ice using icicles that are grown, harvested, and hand-placed by professional ice artisans. The acre-sized winter playgrounds are illuminated at night by color-changing LED lights embedded inside the ice.
“We are excited to be back in Colorado this winter,” said Ice Castles' CEO Kyle Standifird. "Our team is dedicated to creating an unforgettable experience in Cripple Creek that complements the natural beauty of the area while providing a unique and immersive experience for guests."
“Cripple Creek is ecstatic to host Ice Castles this year,” said Cripple Creek Mayor Milford Ashworth. “We are the perfect frozen destination during wintertime and are looking forward to a beautiful season with Ice Castles at the forefront.”
Construction on the winter attraction will begin as early as late October. A team of approximately 20 ice artisans will spend about 8 weeks building the experiences. Ice Castles typically opens in late December or early January, depending on the weather, and remains open until early March.
The Utah-based company will have 3 other locations this winter in Utah, Minnesota, and New Hampshire. The winter event company will also roll out a new attraction, Winter Realm, in New York and Wisconsin, featuring seasonal elements such as winter sleigh rides, ice skating and a whimsical light walk (location depending).
Tickets to visit the frozen fortresses will be available in December on the company’s website, icecastles.com.
Media images of Ice Castles available at https://icecastles.com/press/
Promotional video is available for download here.
About Ice Castles: Ice Castles has been bringing fairy tales to life since its inception in 2011. Founder, Brent Christensen, developed the patented process used to create Ice Castles while attempting to build a winter playground for his kids in the front yard of their home in Alpine, Utah. The project drew crowds who came out to tour Christensen’s frozen creation. Ice Castles has since turned into an internationally renowned tourist attraction with multiple locations across North America..
About Cripple Creek: About the City of Cripple Creek: Cripple Creek is a small mountain town located at the base of Pikes Peak. Only an hour drive from Colorado Springs, Cripple Creek is packed full of 24-hour Casinos, rich mining history, stunning views of the Rocky Mountains, fun activities, and more! For more information go to visitcripplecreek.com.