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Ice Castles in Dillon expected to open in December with reduced capacity due to COVID-19

Ice Castles in Dillon_A.J. Mellor
Posted at 10:04 AM, Nov 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-10 12:10:54-05

DILLON, Colo. — The Ice Castles in Dillon, an annual family-friendly winter wonderland experience, is set to return at the end of the year with reduced capacity due to COVID-19.

The frozen attraction will reopen in late December and despite the pandemic, will still offer the illuminated frozen walls, ice slides, crawl spaces, caves and fountains that it has always featured.

Ice Castles CEO Kyle Standifird said the safety of guests and staff will remain a top priority this year, particularly with COVID-19. New guidelines for this season will keep the experience safe and magical for everybody, Standifird said.

This year, the Ice Castles will operate at a reduced capacity to promote social distancing. Tunnels and crawl spaces will be marked as one-way features, he said.

All staff and guests will be required to wear a face covering.

Ice artisans will begin growing and harvesting the icicles to create Ice Castles — up to 10,000 icicles each day — this week, weather permitting.

Ice Castles in Dillon is expected to open in late December. Tickets are not yet available.

By car, Dillon is about an hour and 20 minutes from Denver.

The upcoming season marks the fourth season for Ice Castles in Dillon.