Winter Wonderland

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Real Estate Agent with The Berkshire Group Realtors

In nearby Silverthorne, Colorado there is a Castle under-construction for the  next few months.  Many people are working on it day and night even though it is temporary.  Right now when the temperature is cold the Castle grows, but in a few months when the warm wind blows the Castle will melt away.

What a wonderful sight this Castle is.  Children and adults smile in appreciation  of its wonder.  The entire Castle is made only of ice.  Ice and ice alone transforms into the shape of a magnificent site.

The Ice Castle is open daily.  For more information please visit the Ice Castles Website.  It's only 90 minutes from Metro Denver just off I-70 in Silverthorne.  What a great place to visit this holiday season!

In the meantime, enjoy some of my photos taken last week.

Ice Castles and Brian

Brian is associated with the Ice Castles. He demonstrated how the climb to the top.  They wear spikes on their shoes, in fact he offered me the opportunity to use the spikes, but I declined. 

Ice Castles at Dusk

They grow their own icicles on frames at ground level.  Carefully the icicles are broken off and transported to the upper reaches of the castle.  These icicles are then used as "rebar" to give a foundation to the growth of ice to come.

Making of an Ice Castle

At night, lights are placed inside the tunnels of the castle.  The light turns to a soft glow.  The Twilight colors of the sunset also provide some wonderful colors against the ice.

Ice Castle and Venus

Ice Garden

Here you can see the beginnings of a wall.  The process of adding the icicles to the level below, builds a new level.  to the Castle.  The process will continue through the winter months.  By February the Castle should be 50-60 feet tall.

 Ice Castle and Twinkle Little Star

The star is actually a street light, shining through the Castle.  By using F-22 on my camera, it formed a star.

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Margaret Goss
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Wow - very cool photos.  Who is that person in the first photo - and how did they get up there I wonder.  Looks slippery!

Dec 19, 2011 04:00 AM #3
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Maureen McCabe
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beautiful!!!! 

Dec 19, 2011 04:05 AM #4
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Belinda Spillman
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Wow. That is amazing. Is that you standing on top of the castle?
Dec 19, 2011 04:05 AM #5
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Kristal, amazing. I've never seen anything like it. Beautiful!

Dec 19, 2011 04:42 AM #6
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WOW what a spectacular sight, I have never seen anything like this.

Dec 19, 2011 09:21 AM #7
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KK

That is truly stunning. I remember the Ice Sculptures in St. Paul for the Winter Festival but while they were very impressive, there were nothing like this. And certainly your photography helps to see how truly amazing this is. Makes me cold, though. LOL

Jeff

Dec 19, 2011 10:42 AM #8
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Maggie McFarland
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WOW!! That is gorgeous!! I would love to see something like that in south Texas!

Dec 19, 2011 12:54 PM #9
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Mike Yeo
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Wow! That is amazing. Is that even real? I can't imagine seeing something like that in Texas.

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Kristal Kraft
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Yes, this is real.  I fear if you saw these in Texas, we'd all be shivering!

Thank you!

kk

Dec 19, 2011 03:57 PM #11
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Carol Zingone
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That is so cool! I had no idea, and have friends in the Denver area; how long have they been doing this???

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Carol,  I believe this is the second year they have been doing this.

kk

Dec 20, 2011 04:26 AM #13
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Wow, how amazing!!! =) This is beyond gorgeous and I would love to see it in person I bet it is even more amazing than these pictures show!!

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Dec 20, 2011 06:56 AM #14
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Lyn Sims
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Excellent photos! Thanks for posting those. It seems like a great event.

Dec 20, 2011 11:05 AM #15
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Carissa Acker
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Visiting an ice castle seems like the Christmas equivalent of going to a haunted house for Halloween, except, of course, that the ice castle is peaceful and beautiful.  Thanks for sharing!

Dec 21, 2011 07:11 AM #16
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Didi Doolittle
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Wow!  I can't believe I've never been to visit this amazing site.  Putting it on my 'must see' list right now!

Merry Christmas, Kristal, and best wishes for a great new year!

Didi

Dec 23, 2011 10:42 AM #17
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Paula Bradfield
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Kristal, such amazing photographs. How can I be sure to catch this next year? I am down in Salida.... where was it advertised? Thanks for sharing the photos.

Dec 27, 2011 03:03 PM #18
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Susan Neal
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HI Kristal - I've heard of this and I've seen photos of it before but I've never gotten an opportunity to see it in person.  Good for you!  And great photos.

Jan 11, 2012 02:30 PM #19
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Steven Beam
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Oh man I didn't even know about this. I'll show these photos to the kids tonight and head up there Sunday. We are always looking for cool stuff to do on the weekends with the kids. As always... GREAT shots Kristal.

 I bought the kids a nice size iMac (I mean Santa) for Christmas and they sit and look at photos on Flickr and google at night. We enjoy your shots.

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Great photos.  Thanks, Kristal.  Winter is not really being kind to us snowmobilers in Minnesota this year.

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Kristal, those are amazing photos!! I wish I could see that in person. What an amazing site. Thanks for sharing.. WOW, I am just in AWE!

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