Construction of the ice castle is underway in Midway, Utah near the Soldier Hollow Olympic venue.
“All we are really doing is making suggestions of where we want the water to go next,” said Al Larsen, of Wallsburg, Utah. This is his second year building the ice castle, which is constructed of icicles, “slush,” and more water sprinkled on the icicles.
Larsen is one of the artisans working to create this year’s ice castle, which is expected to reach 20 to 30 feet. The crew has been working for about a week when these photos were taken.
They harvested approximately 15,000 icicles each morning, according to Ryan Davis, co-owner of Ice Castles, LLC, when the daily high temperatures stay below 29 degrees.
They hope to open in the middle of January 2016.
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