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Experience a winter wonderland at Ice Castles in Midway

By Christy Jepson
Even though there is very little snow in the valley, there is someplace where you can go to enter a winter wonderland not too far from home ... Ice Castles in Midway. Ice Castles is a magical outdoor winter activity about 30 minutes up Provo Canyon.

Within an acre of land, Ice Castles is a magical winter walk-through that features: tall wintry ice towers, two ice slides, ice-carved tunnels, fountains, frozen thrones, all embedded with LED color lights.

In order to make your visit more enjoyable, their website recommends dressing very warmly as Ice Castles is all outside. Along with heavy coats, gloves, and hats, snow boots are recommended as the ice is crunchy, and often times not smooth. Everything is made of ice and snow, including the walkways. If you are planning on bringing small children or a baby, leave the stroller behind and bring a sled or use a baby carrier for smaller babies. It would be very difficult to push a stroller through the snow on the walkways.

They also have entertainment such as pictures with Ice Princesses at various times and a fire show on Fridays and Saturdays from 7:15-10:15 p.m. Check their website for more information regarding entertainment.

A few years ago, Brent Christensen built his first ice structure in his front yard in Alpine for his daughter. That first ice castle came from an idea of spraying water on a wood frame. He then came up with the idea to build and create ice fortresses for businesses and resorts using only icicles as the building material. The Homestead Resort in Midway, Utah was the first to host his idea. Now he owns four locations in the US: Colorado, Minnesota, New Hampshire and Midway. He also has an Ice Castles in Edmonton, Canada.

The Midway Ice Castles are open Monday-Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m., and 4-10:30 p.m. on Fridays and 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday. Prices range from $6.95 to $19 depending on the day of the week and age. Children three years old and younger are not required to have a ticket.

Ice Castles at the Homestead Resort in Midway is located at 700 North Homestead Drive.
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