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The popular Ice Castles winter attraction in Summit County won’t happen this year because the former site in Dillon is no longer an option and details couldn’t be worked out for relocation nearby in Silverthorne.
“The Town of Silverthorne was excited to host the Ice Castles here this year, if it were possible, for our residents, for our guests and for our business community,” said Kim Jardim, the town’s public information officer. “We’re certainly disappointed that it couldn’t work out this year, but the door has not closed on this discussion for the future.”
Silverthorne officials were hopeful the event could be moved to a site at the base of the Lake Dillon Dam, less than two miles from the previous Ice Castles home in Dillon and adjacent to the Outlets at Silverthorne.
“They came to us, looking for a location within Silverthorne, and we were working with them on that front,” Jardim said. “We simply ran out of time. This late in the fall, it just wasn’t going to come together in time with all of the challenges that were presented.”
The previous location for the Ice Castles, Dillon’s Town Park, is no longer an option, according to Kerstin Anderson, spokesman for the Town of Dillon.
“Dillon’s Town Park is under construction, and the timing of the construction was not conducive to the Ice Castles dates of operation,” Anderson said. “The location they have historically operated from will be a new multi-use field once construction is complete, which also would not align with the Ice Castles dates of operation.”
Melissa Smuzynski, a spokeswoman for Ice Castles, said they are “confident” the event will return to Colorado, hopefully next winter.
“There are a lot of factors that we have to consider, not only as a weather-dependent attraction, but as a large-scale event,” Smuzynski said. “Some of those considerations are land, access to water, adequate drainage, sufficient parking and traffic flow. All of the logistics have to come together for a location to work, and unfortunately this season, it didn’t pan out.”
Other Ice Castles events are planned this winter in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Utah, New York and New Hampshire.