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Silverthorne Ice Castle: Brent Christensen's Colo. Ice Castle Features 40-Foot Walls, Thousands Of Icicles (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

First Posted: 01/04/12 08:12 AM ET Updated: 01/04/12 11:04 AM ET

Skiers in Colorado are lamenting the lack of deep powder, but Brent Christensen doesn't mind. Though a bit of snow might help, the ice castle he is constructing in Silverthorne, Colorado, relies primarily on cold temperatures and water.

Early this winter, the artist started creating and placing between 4,000 and 8,000 icicles daily. The Summit Daily reports that, after 3 million gallons of water, he aims to construct 10-foot walls with 40-foot towers.

Christensen writes on his blog that embedded inside the walls are 200 compact fluorescent bulbs, capable of producing more than 350,000 lumens of light. At night the walls glow with ethereal hues of green and blue.

If you go: a $10 adult ticket grants admission for a full day (11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. subject to weather). Children 3 and under are free, 12 and under are $7.50. Silverthorne is located an hour west of Denver on I-70; take exit 205, head north on Highway 9, and park in the Town Pavilion lot.

PHOTOS of the Silverthorne Ice Castle via the event's Facebook page:

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  • All images courtesy of Ryan Davis and Ice Castles. Visit the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/IceCastlesCO?fref=ts">Ice Castles Facebook page</a> or their <a href="http://www.icecastles.com/steamboat-springs/">blog</a> for more information about the event.

  • All images courtesy of Ryan Davis and Ice Castles. Visit the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/IceCastlesCO?fref=ts">Ice Castles Facebook page</a> or their <a href="http://www.icecastles.com/steamboat-springs/">blog</a> for more information about the event.

  • All images courtesy of Ryan Davis and Ice Castles. Visit the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/IceCastlesCO?fref=ts">Ice Castles Facebook page</a> or their <a href="http://www.icecastles.com/steamboat-springs/">blog</a> for more information about the event.

  • All images courtesy of Ryan Davis and Ice Castles. Visit the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/IceCastlesCO?fref=ts">Ice Castles Facebook page</a> or their <a href="http://www.icecastles.com/steamboat-springs/">blog</a> for more information about the event.

  • All images courtesy of Ryan Davis and Ice Castles. Visit the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/IceCastlesCO?fref=ts">Ice Castles Facebook page</a> or their <a href="http://www.icecastles.com/steamboat-springs/">blog</a> for more information about the event.

  • All images courtesy of Ryan Davis and Ice Castles. Visit the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/IceCastlesCO?fref=ts">Ice Castles Facebook page</a> or their <a href="http://www.icecastles.com/steamboat-springs/">blog</a> for more information about the event.

  • All images courtesy of Ryan Davis and Ice Castles. Visit the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/IceCastlesCO?fref=ts">Ice Castles Facebook page</a> or their <a href="http://www.icecastles.com/steamboat-springs/">blog</a> for more information about the event.

  • All images courtesy of Ryan Davis and Ice Castles. Visit the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/IceCastlesCO?fref=ts">Ice Castles Facebook page</a> or their <a href="http://www.icecastles.com/steamboat-springs/">blog</a> for more information about the event.

  • All images courtesy of Ryan Davis and Ice Castles. Visit the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/IceCastlesCO?fref=ts">Ice Castles Facebook page</a> or their <a href="http://www.icecastles.com/steamboat-springs/">blog</a> for more information about the event.

  • All images courtesy of Ryan Davis and Ice Castles. Visit the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/IceCastlesCO?fref=ts">Ice Castles Facebook page</a> or their <a href="http://www.icecastles.com/steamboat-springs/">blog</a> for more information about the event.

  • All images courtesy of Ryan Davis and Ice Castles. Visit the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/IceCastlesCO?fref=ts">Ice Castles Facebook page</a> or their <a href="http://www.icecastles.com/steamboat-springs/">blog</a> for more information about the event.

  • All images courtesy of Ryan Davis and Ice Castles. Visit the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/IceCastlesCO?fref=ts">Ice Castles Facebook page</a> or their <a href="http://www.icecastles.com/steamboat-springs/">blog</a> for more information about the event.

  • All images courtesy of Ryan Davis and Ice Castles. Visit the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/IceCastlesCO?fref=ts">Ice Castles Facebook page</a> or their <a href="http://www.icecastles.com/steamboat-springs/">blog</a> for more information about the event.

  • All images courtesy of Ryan Davis and Ice Castles. Visit the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/IceCastlesCO?fref=ts">Ice Castles Facebook page</a> or their <a href="http://www.icecastles.com/steamboat-springs/">blog</a> for more information about the event.

  • All images courtesy of Ryan Davis and Ice Castles. Visit the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/IceCastlesCO?fref=ts">Ice Castles Facebook page</a> or their <a href="http://www.icecastles.com/steamboat-springs/">blog</a> for more information about the event.

  • All images courtesy of Ryan Davis and Ice Castles. Visit the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/IceCastlesCO?fref=ts">Ice Castles Facebook page</a> or their <a href="http://www.icecastles.com/steamboat-springs/">blog</a> for more information about the event.

  • All images courtesy of Ryan Davis and Ice Castles. Visit the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/IceCastlesCO?fref=ts">Ice Castles Facebook page</a> or their <a href="http://www.icecastles.com/steamboat-springs/">blog</a> for more information about the event.

  • All images courtesy of Ryan Davis and Ice Castles. Visit the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/IceCastlesCO?fref=ts">Ice Castles Facebook page</a> or their <a href="http://www.icecastles.com/steamboat-springs/">blog</a> for more information about the event.

  • All images courtesy of Ryan Davis and Ice Castles. Visit the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/IceCastlesCO?fref=ts">Ice Castles Facebook page</a> or their <a href="http://www.icecastles.com/steamboat-springs/">blog</a> for more information about the event.

  • All images courtesy of Ryan Davis and Ice Castles. Visit the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/IceCastlesCO?fref=ts">Ice Castles Facebook page</a> or their <a href="http://www.icecastles.com/steamboat-springs/">blog</a> for more information about the event.

  • All images courtesy of Ryan Davis and Ice Castles. Visit the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/IceCastlesCO?fref=ts">Ice Castles Facebook page</a> or their <a href="http://www.icecastles.com/steamboat-springs/">blog</a> for more information about the event.

  • All images courtesy of Ryan Davis and Ice Castles. Visit the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/IceCastlesCO?fref=ts">Ice Castles Facebook page</a> or their <a href="http://www.icecastles.com/steamboat-springs/">blog</a> for more information about the event.

  • All images courtesy of Ryan Davis and Ice Castles. Visit the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/IceCastlesCO?fref=ts">Ice Castles Facebook page</a> or their <a href="http://www.icecastles.com/steamboat-springs/">blog</a> for more information about the event.

  • All images courtesy of Ryan Davis and Ice Castles. Visit the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/IceCastlesCO?fref=ts">Ice Castles Facebook page</a> or their <a href="http://www.icecastles.com/steamboat-springs/">blog</a> for more information about the event.

  • All images courtesy of Ryan Davis and Ice Castles. Visit the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/IceCastlesCO?fref=ts">Ice Castles Facebook page</a> or their <a href="http://www.icecastles.com/steamboat-springs/">blog</a> for more information about the event.

  • All images courtesy of Ryan Davis and Ice Castles. Visit the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/IceCastlesCO?fref=ts">Ice Castles Facebook page</a> or their <a href="http://www.icecastles.com/steamboat-springs/">blog</a> for more information about the event.

  • All images courtesy of Ryan Davis and Ice Castles. Visit the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/IceCastlesCO?fref=ts">Ice Castles Facebook page</a> or their <a href="http://www.icecastles.com/steamboat-springs/">blog</a> for more information about the event.

  • All images courtesy of Ryan Davis and Ice Castles. Visit the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/IceCastlesCO?fref=ts">Ice Castles Facebook page</a> or their <a href="http://www.icecastles.com/steamboat-springs/">blog</a> for more information about the event.

  • All images courtesy of Ryan Davis and Ice Castles. Visit the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/IceCastlesCO?fref=ts">Ice Castles Facebook page</a> or their <a href="http://www.icecastles.com/steamboat-springs/">blog</a> for more information about the event.

  • All images courtesy of Ryan Davis and Ice Castles. Visit the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/IceCastlesCO?fref=ts">Ice Castles Facebook page</a> or their <a href="http://www.icecastles.com/steamboat-springs/">blog</a> for more information about the event.

  • All images courtesy of Ryan Davis and Ice Castles. Visit the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/IceCastlesCO?fref=ts">Ice Castles Facebook page</a> or their <a href="http://www.icecastles.com/steamboat-springs/">blog</a> for more information about the event.

  • All images courtesy of Ryan Davis and Ice Castles. Visit the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/IceCastlesCO?fref=ts">Ice Castles Facebook page</a> or their <a href="http://www.icecastles.com/steamboat-springs/">blog</a> for more information about the event.

  • All images courtesy of Ryan Davis and Ice Castles. Visit the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/IceCastlesCO?fref=ts">Ice Castles Facebook page</a> or their <a href="http://www.icecastles.com/steamboat-springs/">blog</a> for more information about the event.

  • All images courtesy of Ryan Davis and Ice Castles. Visit the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/IceCastlesCO?fref=ts">Ice Castles Facebook page</a> or their <a href="http://www.icecastles.com/steamboat-springs/">blog</a> for more information about the event.

  • All images courtesy of Ryan Davis and Ice Castles. Visit the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/IceCastlesCO?fref=ts">Ice Castles Facebook page</a> or their <a href="http://www.icecastles.com/steamboat-springs/">blog</a> for more information about the event.

  • All images courtesy of Ryan Davis and Ice Castles. Visit the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/IceCastlesCO?fref=ts">Ice Castles Facebook page</a> or their <a href="http://www.icecastles.com/steamboat-springs/">blog</a> for more information about the event.

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