Feb 172014
 

**Masshole Mommy received four complimentary tickets to visit the Ice Castle and lodging at Loon Mountain in order to facilitate this post.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

When I heard there was an ice castle up at Loon Mountain in Lincoln, NH this year, I have to admit that I was intrigued.  An ice castle? How was that even possible?  So I did what anyone else would do when they want more information about something – I Googled it.  I found their website and here’s what it said:

Ice Castle Imagine the wonder of walking through the center of massive glacier-like solid pillars of ice, combined with tunnels, archways and caves. And all of it is built simply out of ice. Truly this will be an experience unlike any other on entire East Coast.

I knew that it was something I needed to check out and last weekend, my family took a drive up to see it for ourselves.   If you’re familiar with Loon Mountain at all, the ice castle is set up over by the Adventure Center.  If you’re unfamiliar, the Adventure Center is where you can zip line (year round), sign up for Snow Shoe tours and a rock wall is set up inside, but it’s only open seasonally.  If you are heading up to see the ice castle and aren’t sure where to go once you get there, don’t worry – it’s very clearly marked.

We were staying at the Mountain Club on Loon, which is the resort at the base of the mountain, so we walked over to the ice castle and this is what we saw was we as we walked up to it.

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The tickets are sold inside the Adventure Center and even if you purchased tickets online, you still need to show them inside the Adventure Center. They will give you a wrist band to get inside the castle and it’s good all day, so you can go back at night when the castle is all lit up (or as many times as you’d like).

As soon as we got inside the castle,  our jaws dropped.  All four of us were in complete amazement at how incredible it was.  I couldn’t stop taking pictures:

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There was even a snow slide built in to the castle, but only two out of the four of us were brave enough to try it:

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We honestly couldn’t have been more impressed with the ice castle.  It’s much bigger than it looks on the outside and the castle is filled with giant icicles, ice thrones, pathways and things to see.  The pictures I took don’t even do it justice. If you want to know how they the castle was built, you can read about the process here.

If you’re thinking to yourself “I wonder what the walking surface is like inside the castle”, I can tell you that they groom the walking surface with a high speed tiller that crushes and mixes snow and ice. Depending on outside temperatures, this surface can range from powder, to chunky, to a little slushy.

lsat ice calst Here’s what you need to know before you visit the ice castle at Loon:

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday:  2pm – 10pm
Saturday – Sunday:  noon – 10pm

Ticket Prices:

Monday,  Family Day
General Admission:  $8
Children age 4 to 11:    $5
Children 3 and under:  Free

Tuesday – Thursday:  
General Admission:  $9
Children age 4 to 11:    $6
Children 3 and under:  Free

Friday – Sunday, and Holidays:  
General Admission:  $10
Children age 4 to 11:    $7
Children 3 and under:  Free

Season Pass: $25

* Senior and Military discount, $2 off General Admission
* Non-Profit discount available for groups of 10+ and Group Discounts for groups of 15+.  Tickets must be purchased in advance, contact groupsales@icecastles.com for rates.

You can buy your tickets at the Adventure Center at Loon or online here.

The Ice Castle is located at 60 Loon Mountain Road Lincoln, NH 03521.  It is expected to to close around March 1, 2014, so if you’re planning on going to see it, now is the time.

One last piece of advice I can offer – wear boots and a warm coat when you go.  It’s chilly out there.

  86 Responses to “The Loon Mountain Ice Castle @LoonMtn”

  1. That is super cool, and kudos to your husband and oldest for trying the slide. Pretty sure I’d have been standing with you and the youngest, watching. ;)

  2. that is so awesome!!! i wanna go!

  3. One of the most amazing things I have seen

  4. That is really ice!!! WOW!! I half expected it to be a lot of clear plastic that looked like ice. Very impressive.

  5. WOW! My daughter would LOVE this place! Especially since Frozen is our all time favorite Disney princess movie right now! I can picture myself channeling my inner Elsa here.

  6. Wow, that is a lot of ice there. Looks very pretty, but right now I think I have seen enough outside my front door to last me a lifetime :)

  7. Wow this place looks amazing i would of loved the slide lol.

  8. Do they have to re-build this every year I wonder–what happens when it starts warming up (even though we don’t think it will at this point!) I would love to see and walk through this amazing structure but I think I will decline the ice slide. This is the first I’ve ever heard of this place-wonder how that happened!

    • I work at the Ice Castle – we let it melt. We get the water from a nearby creek and then in the spring when warm weather melts the ice, the water flows into the river (where it would have gone anyway.)
      Next winter, we will build it again. If you’re interested in discount tickets we presell them through our website – http://www.icecastles.com Just sign up for the mailing list on the bottom of the page.

  9. How fun! I think I saw this on Chronicle last week. I’d love to check it out.

  10. Oh wow, that looks absolutely incredible! If I get a chance I would love to go up and see that! Wow!

  11. Wow–very cool!

  12. that is way too cool! love that slide!!!
    not sure what summer is like up there, but in spring we wouldn’t have it around here… do they keep it up all year round? any way nice outing for the winter!

  13. That place looks amazing – great pics! I’ve never heard of it…My boys would check out the slides for sure. I would probably freeze, but it would be so worth it to see!

  14. this is just way too cool. I am so hitting that slide! :)
    I have always wanted to visit the Ice Hotel just over the river in Quebec. But it’s a bit pricey. Can you imagine actually sleeping on a bed of ice??
    I think I’d just take the day tour. ha

  15. Very cool that you got to stay right at the base resort. We went to Loon the one time we were crazy enough to chaperone a middle school ski trip. We stayed at a motel down the road. Being right at the mountain is so much better and more convenient!!

  16. That’s pretty darn neat, and I can only imagine how gorgeous it must be all lit up at night!!!

  17. Oh this looks amazing! My sons would love this!

  18. Robin! Great review of the place. They have a similar place here in Utah between Park City and Heber City (which is south of Park City). Park City is where they have a bunch of the Salt Lake Olympic 2002 Stuff. Thanks for the compliment on the watch. I put a link to the store / company on my post cuz so many were interested in the watch. So check it. It is from Charming Charlie. Do you have that store there? The online store is great! Go get one of those watches!! Go!!

  19. That looks COLD . but fun. You all were sliding down ice and we were jumping in the pool. Go figure. What a great place though. Rey would love that.
    Since she is full blown into wanting to be an ice skater now — thank you Olympics {grrr..} I’ll ship her your way for a bit! She’d love that!! :)

    xoxo
    Lanaya

  20. ooo fun!! I want to go see that ice castle, it looks so neat! We don’t have anything like that around here!

  21. That looks like such a mind-blowing place to visit. I love all your beautiful pictures you took while you were there.

  22. Seriously you find the coolest locations! I would absolutely LOVE to hand out at the Loom Mountain ice castle attraction! That place looks absolutely amazing!

  23. I saw your ig pics and thought that was amazing – I love the built-in slide!

  24. I LOVE Loon Mountain!! We were just there this summer. We actually got married a few minutes away at the Sunset Hill House! We can’t wait to go back!!!

  25. Wow, these ice figures are breathtaking. I’m always in awe of the beautiful things that are created by nature. It makes the winter and snow a little more bearable.

  26. Oh my gosh! It looks like the castle in Frozen.. so gorgeous. So great that you guys had fun, I would too!

  27. That is amazing! I simply love it. It looks like something from a different world.

  28. This looks like a really cool place to visit (literally too, lol.) I’d like to see it at night when it is all lit up!

  29. That’s really pretty and neat to see I am sure!!! Although, I am pretty much over all this winter!!!

  30. Looks like you guys had an amazing time! Loved all of the different pictures.

  31. Oh my gosh, that is so neat. Great pictures you took there!

  32. WOW what an amazing and beautiful place this sounds like – I would love to visit personally I bet its wonderful to wander around. x

  33. Absolutely Amazing! I admit, I had the Frozen song running through my head while reading this post too ;)

  34. Super cool and looks like so much fun! You captured some amazing photos. I would totally love to visit.

  35. That looks so cool. The photos are great. I would love to visit here.

  36. That looks awesome and like so much fun! Love the photos!!!

  37. I’m jelly of all the cool things in your area! That looks like so much fun!

  38. Visiting the Ice Castle looks like an amazing experience. How cool (pun intended) to see structures build out of ice. Kudos to your hubby and son for going down the snow slide

  39. That is SO cool. But looking at the photos just make me cold…as I am sitting here in a sweatshirt bc it is 60degrees outside here in Orlando. LOL

  40. Being from the South, it’s amazing to think that a structure like that can stand for so long. I wonder what kind of skeleton they build it with to make it sound!

  41. A snow slide!!?? Okay I want to take the boys here now. I should mapquest how long it would take to get there.

  42. That is so awesome! I would love to go to an ice castle one day, although if SC keeps it up I might could build my own ;)

  43. Very cool. Our yearly ice castle was just built, we go every year but this is the first one in 2 years since the weather has been so warm. I love that snow slide, very cool!

  44. Wow this is so cool!!! My entire family would love this ice castle.

  45. This looks so cool! (cold?) I hate being cold so this might not be an ideal spot for my family to visit, but it looks like the kids would love it!

  46. That is really quite amazing. I have never been to an Ice Castle before and I grew up in a very cold climate. I guess we just lived it, LOL.

  47. That is soooooooo cool! I think I’d be too scared to go down that slide though- looks awfully skinny!

  48. Wow! This is so cool. I so wish we lived closer to NH so I could take my boys there. My five-year old would think this was simply magical, especially after seeing Frozen.

  49. That just looks amazing! One of these years, I am going to travel up North for a real winter so that I can see this for myself!

  50. This is pretty amazing and those icicles are nuts!

  51. I saw this on your FB page, and was so jealous.

    what an awesome place to go visit.

  52. Very cool looking place to visit! If only we were closer!

  53. I saw pictures of this place on instagram once and thought it was SO cool that I had to google it. It looks awesome!!

  54. I’ve never seen anything like this. How amazing! And so pretty! (I would not have tried that slide. I’m too scared.)

  55. That looks absolutely amazing! I usually head to New Hampshire for a few weeks during the summer, but I really wish I was heading up sooner! I’d love to see this!

  56. How cool! Looks very coldl lol. I bet the kids would love to see it though.

  57. I absolutely want to visit an ice castle some day! It’s too hot here, but someday I’ll get to one!

  58. What a fun adventure. I wish NH was just a little bit closer to us!

  59. OMG.. how awesome is this!!! it looks like you guys had a blast.. sooo would love to go there one day.. the price is great, too..thanks for sharing…

  60. How neat! I’d love to see this!

    Btw, I like your boots!

  61. WHOA! This is simply amazing. I can’t believe you can walk through it. What an experience.

  62. That slide looks super cool! I know I’d be petrified to go down it myself!!

  63. Wow, the ice castle looks amazing! I would love to try out that snow slide!!

  64. I used to work at loon!! my friend sara was there this past weekend to see the ice castle.gorgeous

  65. So much fun and its all beautiful – we used to have that kind of setting here – when we were kids – its all fun – cold but really fun! Sliding in gives that fun and adventurous feel to it too.

  66. Wow! The ice castle is so cool looking! Those ticket prices aren’t bad at all!

  67. whoa that place is crazy. I bet my family would have a blast visiting there

  68. That looks like too much fun and those pictures are gorgeous! I love the tunnel. :)

  69. Wow, that is so cool.

  70. I’m from NH and am so sad that I’m not home this winter to head up to Loon! A bunch of buddies posted about this on FB and I was super jealous! I heard there’s going to be a crazy crawl-through ice tunnel for next season. Lincoln in general has some amazing sites and activities throughout the year. Anyone considering a trip to New Hampshire HAS to go to Lincoln!

  71. That is so ridiculously beautiful! I have been jealous of everyone posting snow pictures as it is, let alone an ice castle! I’m sad that I live in the desert.

  72. Wow! That is truly stunning! You can tell a lot of care went into the structure to make it looks so pretty!

  73. That looks absolutely incredible!!! I want to yet to make it up to see it before it’s gone!

  74. Wow that looks like so much fun! We don’t get snow or ice like that, in fact I saw my first real icicle a week ago and I’m 37. My kids would LOVE visiting the ice castle!

  75. This looks so cool…literally. It hit 80 in FL today…I’m looking for a place to cool off in. :)

  76. What an amazing place… I’ve never heard of it at all. I love how how the ice created its own stalactites and stalagmites.. Impressive!
    BTW, how cold was it inside?

  77. That seems amazing. I bet it is even more impressive in person.

  78. We have things like this in Michigan and they always amaze me! Gorgeous but also scary

  79. Wow! That is way too cool!

  80. Even though I’m sick and tired of seeing snow already, I’d still love to visit this place!

  81. speechleess….such a lovely place to visit! Unique indeed…

  82. I love the ice mountain… It is such a unique experience and I plan to see it sometime

  83. Totally cool looking though I bet there is a giant mess come spring. There is an ice hotel near us you can actually sleep in. I want to check that out one day.

  84. Oh wow what a cool place! But brrrrrrr LOL

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