Ice castle a big draw, even for non-skiers
Occupying an acre of land adjacent to the Loon Mountain Adventure Center, the ice castle was created by Utah-based artist Brent Christensen, who in recent years built similar structures at Steamboat Springs in Colorado and the Mall of America in Minnesota.
Using nothing more than a sprinkler system, Christensen and his team allowed ice to gradually accumulate and then shaped and grew it into walls more than 20-feet high.
Through last Thursday, Kwasnik said the ice castle has had nearly 10,000 visitors, a significant number of them first-timers to Loon.
Kwasnik credited Karl Stone, the marketing director of Ski New Hampshire, for contacting Loon about the ice castle after Stone was approached by Christensen."We liked the idea, and we made it happen," said Kwasnik.
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