If you got the chance to visit the Dillon Ice Castles this winter, you know they were spectacular. Featuring walls of ice stretching more than 30 feet into the air, the castles were complete with fountains, a slide, colorful lights, and fire twirling performances. It was a key pull for tourism coming into Summit County from around the entire country, with tens of thousands visiting the attraction over the course of several months.

Unfortunately, all that ice has to go somewhere. During the construction period, upwards of 300,000 gallons of water were used to form the ice castles each day, with as much as 30,000 more gallons being used for regular maintenance throughout the attraction’s open period. When this ice melted, the result was erosion, rending parts of the park unusable for weeks to come.

The Ice Castles had six locations over the winter. What started out as a personal project for Utah-based owner Brent Christensen has quickly turned into a multi-million dollar company, likely boost in some part with the monumental success of Disney’s Frozen. Twelve full-time employees were used to build the ice castles in Dillon.

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