The ice castles are back in Lake Geneva for the winter 2021 season starting Friday, January 22, 2021 at Geneva National Golf Course on Lake Como. The ice castles will remain open throughout hte season based on the weather conditions. “We are thrilled to bring Ice Castles back to Lake Geneva this winter,” said Ice Castles CEO Ryan Davis, “Our partnership with Geneva National Resort & Club will allow us to create an even bigger castle with more interactive features and magical elements for guests to enjoy.” The hand made, magical ice castles will stretch along the shore of Lake Como and is expected to be over an acre in size.
The Lake Geneva castle will be open January 22, 2021 along with three other Ice Castles locations in Colorado; New Hampshire and Utah. According to Melissa Smuzynski of Ice Castles, “The experience will provide different areas to explore. Some of the locations in previous years featured a chandelier room, with beautiful icicles dangling overhead; a maze that has a series of tunnels and slot canyons; and even a fountain room with a water feature synchronized to music.” We’re excited to see what’s in store for us in Lake Geneva.
While you might think of an ice castle being made out of blocks of ice, these castles are much more intricate. Each ice castle is built by hand and takes thousands of man-hours to create. The daily process consists of growing 5,000 to 12,000 icicles that are harvested by hand and individually sculpted into existing ice formations. The newly placed icicles are then drenched with water creating an astonishing and ever-changing variety of ice formations. LED lights are frozen inside the ice and twinkle to music adding a magical ambiance to the breathtaking interactive sculptures.
While tickets are currenty sold out for the season, they will reassess capacity after opening weekend and MAY open up additional capacity if they feel they can operate responsibly and maintain social distancing. They also hope to open additional dates beyond February 15 once they get into February and have a better idea if the weather will cooperate. For more information and to sign up for notifications from the Ice Castle CLICK HERE. (Scroll to the bottom of that page and look for the red button to sign up for the notifications.)
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