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Shannon Bryan

mainetoday.com editor Shannon Bryan has a fondness for Maine’s peculiar goings on. And helmet cams. There’s definitely a fondness for helmet cams.   Since she arrived in Maine from the Midwest seven years ago, it’s been her mission to experience it all firsthand – from the cardboard boat races to the paddleboard jousting tournaments. With any luck, she’ll persuade you to try it, too.

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Posted: January 23, 2014

Where everyone reigns: Roam the Ice Castle at Loon Mountain, NH

Silhouetted visitors to Loon Mountain’s ever-growing Ice Castle. Shannon Bryan photos

Most of us are accustomed to living in shared apartments or 700-square-foot condos – or maybe a small, affordable house with a sometimes-leaky roof and splendid built-in cabinetry.

We’ve never called a castle “home.” No, castles are for British royalty and Disney princesses, not the average New Englander who’d pay a fortune in heating oil just to keep a massive, drafty castle warm in the winter.

Still, it’s nice to have a castle to go to now and then, to hang out in and to live out our epic “lords of the land” fantasy, if only for an hour.

The Ice Castle at Loon Mountain in New Hampshire works for that. The structure is a marvel to look at, with its mounds of frozen water and dangling icicles. At night, LED lights change color, giving the castle a heavenly blue hue one minute and a underworld red the next.

It was created by Utah-based artist Brent Christensen using a latticework of structures and a sprinkler system. And it’s growing.

Oh, and there’s an ice slide.

Ice Castle at Loon Mountain

Open 2-10 pm Monday-Friday, noon-10 pm Saturday, Sunday & Holidays
$8 general admission on Mondays, $5 kids 4-11, under 3 free; $9 general admission Tuesday-Thursday, $6 kids 4-11, under 3 free; $10 general admission Friday-Sunday, $7 kids 4-11, under 3 free.
FMI: http://www.loonmtn.com/info/winter/advctr.aspx

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