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Ice Castles Become Tourist Attractions in 3 States

January 13, 2014

By Holly Ramer, The Associated Press

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LINCOLN, N.H. - Farming is tough in New Hampshire in the winter - unless you`re growing icicles.

That`s what`s happening at Loon Mountain in Lincoln, where thousands of icicles have been grown, picked and assembled to create an ice castle not unlike the palace in the Disney movie "Frozen." It`s one of three ice castles being built this winter - the others are in Breckinridge, Colo., and Midway, Utah.

Brent Christensen started his Ice Castles company a few years ago after building elaborate slides and ice towers for his kids in his Utah backyard.

The construction process involves spraying water onto metal racks to produce icicles that are stuck to the ground around sprinkler heads. After a few weeks, towers, tunnels, archways and caves emerge.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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Story Image: In this photo taken Wednesday Jan. 8, 2014 patrons tour an ice castle at the base of the Loon Mountain ski resort in Lincoln, N.H. (Jim Coles, AP)

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