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Ice Castles at Loon Mountain

Structures like this Ice Castle entryway are being shaped at Loon Mountain.
Structures like this Ice Castle entryway are being shaped at Loon Mountain.JEN CHERRY MILLARD

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LINCOLN, N.H. — Even if you don’t ski, there is a new reason to head to Loon Mountain this winter. Ice Castle construction is under way, and just after Christmas (if the weather cooperates), creator Brent Christensen and a team of artists will finish transforming more than 12,000 tons of ice into an acre-size castle at Loon Mountain, his Ice Castles debut on the East Coast.

Using a large sprinkler system in subfreezing temperatures, the crew will “grow” giant icicles, which they will harvest and sculpt to form a Narnia-like palace. They’ll add to the structure each night, eventually creating a free-form fortress of frozen stalagmites and stalactites.

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