***Due to the unseasonably warm weather, the Ice Castles in Midway will be closed after Monday February 17. Hours on Monday February 17th will be from 4:00-10:00.***
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. Odds are, that if you come to visit one of our ice castles more than once you’ll have two very different experiences.