Brent Christensen grew up in California but fell in love with building ice sculptures when he moved to Utah about 16 years ago. It all started in Alpine, Utah in his front yard. He was building an ice cave for his daughter and that’s how the ice castles concept begun. “It was a little bit of boredom, curiosity, and then one thing led to another,” Christensen said. “Pretty soon we were making ice castles in our front yard.”
From that beginning in his front yard, he expanded, building massive ice castles in Colorado, Minnesota and Utah. He built his last castle in the Beehive State in 2011, a year Christensen was marked by an unusually warm winter. Which then prompted Christensen to move his icy construction projects out of state for the next two winters. He returned to Utah in 2013 because the long-term forecast called for frigid temperature.
Christensen bragged that his “icicle farm” is the largest in the state. He admitted with a laugh, “Actually I don’t know anyone else who grows icicles.” Christensen’s icicles grow up to 3 feet by spraying water on horizontal sections. The whole thing is sprayed with water to build the castles towers, bridges and other formations.
In 2013, he added water features and LED lights inside the ice. Christensen said it adds up a lot of work, but when it opens up to visitors, he said, it’s all worth it. “I love meeting people and explaining how it works, because, you know there’s a lot of curiosity,” Christensen said. “I’m still pretty baffled by it myself.”