Watch a Utah field morph into a winter wonderland

Photo: Ken Skuse/Ice CastlesPhoto: Ken Skuse/Ice Castles

Twenty million pounds of ice each year are destined to have a more beautiful purpose, not simply melting away and causing trouble.

Featured on Good Morning America in 2013, Ice Castles, created by the Christensen family in Utah, is getting more attention thanks to a time-lapse video posted this month on

The video condenses three weeks’ worth of ice castle construction into about three minutes. This film shows the transformation of a Midway, Utah field into a crystal domain fit for an ice princess. And, yes, you’ll see an Olaf from the Disney movie Frozen among the sculptures.

For the past several years, Ice Castles has been wowing towns with their elaborate ice structures large enough to walk through. Multi-colored lights and even fire highlight the area at night.

It started as a family affair, when Brent turned his backyard into a winter wonderland after moving to Utah from California. His home had an ice rink with a 20-foot slide and an ice cave for his children. He started utilizing sprayed water to help fuse the icicles together.

The Utah ice castle shown in the video is temporarily closed, but there are three other ice castles open to the public in Lincoln, New Hampshire (pictured above); Stratton Mountain, Vermont and Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

Below is the video that’s capturing the attention of thousands of people.

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