With “Frozen” just out in theaters and coming to Broadway children and adults will reveal in these icy wonderlands.
Our Visit to the Ice Castles
For my twins, our visit to the Ice Castles was a scene straight out of a fairy tale complete with children and adults dressed as princesses roaming around. And while exploring, my girls rounded a corner and to their delight found a lone snowman resembling Olaf!
For me, I felt as if I was in Minnetonka Cave again with ice formations resembling stalactites and stalagmites. I squeezed through spaces similar to Utah’s slot canyons. In some areas, I was reminded of Alaskan glaciers I visited with deep eerie blues.
As a parent focused on creating outdoor experiences for my family, I am charmed by the Ice Castles beginnings. Brent Christensen, an artistic and dedicated dad who moved his family from California to Utah, wanted to take advantage of the cold weather.
Brent created an ice rink in the back yard with a slide, an ice cave, and a castle reaching 20 feet. His children called it the “Ice Castle.”
We can’t all create ice rinks with sides or ice caves so large they reach 20 to 60 feet in our backyards. However, we can visit these caves made entirely of snow and ice in Midway, Utah this winter.
Recommendation: To get the most bang-for-your-buck spend the day in Midway/Heber Valley.
The natural daylight illuminates the ice structure with blues deep within and in the evening lights concealed within the ice begin to shine blue, green, purple, orange and pink.
Pack your snow boots, coats, snow pants and snow gear (including snow shoes, cross country skis, or sleds) and bring your own sack dinner and hot cocoa for the kids.
First, visit the ice castles, explore, ask questions and marvel at how everything is made from water and snow. They stamp your hand so you can return in the evening.
Then take to the hills for sledding, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing and refuel with snacks or dinner.
Finish the day with one final visit to the Ice Castles for an illuminating evening.
If you go keep in mind the weekends and holidays can be quite busy with 20 to 30 minute waits to get in. If you don’t like crowds go during the week around 2 – 5 pm.
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Warning: It is quit difficult to walk in the icy snow chunks. You’ll want to wear your boots with good traction. If you have knee or hip problems you may want to skip this Supermom Wonderland Adventure.