Ice castle a possibility for Steamboat this winter

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— A base area developer and the builders of a large-scale ice sculpture attraction are looking for a location in Steamboat to possibly create an ice castle this winter, according to Atira Vice President of Development Garrett Simon.

“We’re working with (ice castle creator) Ryan Davis and his company and (Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.) to find a location to have that activity,” Simon said about the ice castle possibly coming to Steamboat Springs this winter. “That’s the goal.”

Steamboat Springs City Planner Jason Peasley said Tuesday that the ice castle would be classified as a “use by right” and would not require a permit because it is low impact. However, he has been in conversation with Atira and the ice castle creators about any possible impacts from the tons of ice used in the sculpture attraction.

The ice castle is created by Brent Christensen and his partner, Davis, who built an intricate labyrinth of ice on Colorado Highway 9 in Silverthorne last year.

According to an Oct. 2 article in the Summit Daily, the creators were looking at a parking lot in Breckenridge to create the 2,000-ton sculpture this year. However, Davis told the Summit Daily they were concerned about the impact of the weight on the asphalt.

The Summit Daily reported last year that the ice castle is made of only water and that the structure evolves with temperature, sun, wind and snow.

To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or email ninglis@ExploreSteamboat.com

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