The first ice castle began as an addition to the annual “King Winter” festival in 1933. In recent years, colored floodlights have been added to illuminate the palace at night. A total of 93 floodlights were used in 1997 making for a bright and beautiful palace.
On the weekend nearest to the New Year, the ice is scored and cut on Eagle River’s Silver Lake. Then, over 2,300 blocks of 12” x 10” x 20” ice, weighing in at 60-70 pounds each, are removed from the lake. The ice blocks are trucked to the site and the construction – all done by hand – begins. Depending on the weather, the ice castle normally stands until mid-February, when the remains are taken down. Start your new tradition by planning a trip to see it.
For more information on this event, please visit the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce.
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