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Warm Up To Winter With New Hampshire Ice Castle

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Warm Up To Winter With New Hampshire Ice Castle
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A castle in New Hampshire made entirely of ice may actually be warmer than you think on cold days. TWC's Valarie D’Elia filed the following report.

From the outside, it might not look like much, but a hugely curious formation at the base of Loon Mountain is just enough to pique your interest to step inside. ”Like an ice pathway where you can walk around, see the beautiful sunshine, shining down on it,” said one visitor.

“It’s like you are in the middle of a glacier,” said another. Something like that. ”There’s three castles like this in the world right now. We are the only people in the world who build with icicles and sprinklers,” says Cory B. Livingood, project manager at Loon Mountain. “The way we do this is, we grow icicles on racks. We handpick the icicles, place those icicles in bags, carry them out and then hand place them on top of the towers. We turn on the sprinklers at night. The ice accumulates on the icicles we’ve placed.”

By the end of the season, 40,000 tons of ice is estimated to have accumulated, supported by a network of 58 towers, one particular tower expected to reach as high as 60 feet.

There are lights frozen into the towers, making it a special experience after dark. It is all, of course, dependent on the weather.

”Below 25 [degrees] is when we can make ice,” Livingood says. “Once you get below 5 degrees, though, the ice will grow up rather than drip down.”

It’s actually a nice place to ditch into when it’s cold outside. Really. ”Really frigid day, it’s actually a decent amount warmer. The ice itself blocks the wind,” Livingood says. “In addition to that, it’s a really good insulator.”

For more information, visit Loon Mountain.

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