It all started with a father in Utah making a backyard ice cave for his kids to play in. After being the hit of the neighborhood, Brent Christensen decided to take his ice construction skills pro and started Ice Castles. Now an event in 6 different locations, Ice Castles brings a once in a lifetime winter wonderland experience to families around the nation.
How Do They Do it
A beautifully constructed cavern of ice doesn’t just erect itself overnight. Christensen has help from a huge crew who dedicate themselves to making this frosty playground by hand. Over 4,000 hours and 10,000 icicles later, this magical universe gives life. You can see some amazing photos of Ice Castles on their Facebook page here.
What to Know
When visiting Ice Castles in Lake Geneva, we have a few insider tips to share with you. If you have kids, opt for a sleigh or sled instead of a stroller, as navigating through the snow-laden Ice Castles can be a challenge with a stroller. Dress warm – you’ll be playing in the snow, so make sure you’re prepared with boots, mittens, and a hat! Photos are not only allowed but encouraged! Take plenty of selfies and share your #icecastles experience, or you can contact Ice Castles directly if you want to set up a special photography session.
Outside of visiting the Ice Castles, there is plenty to do in the surrounding area of Lake Geneva. Activities like skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, and snowshoeing are always a great way to spend the day. If you feel more like relaxing, book a spa day at one of the local resort spas like Avani at The Abbey Resort. The resort is also offering a special Winter Escape package where you’ll get free shuttle service to the Ice Castles.