Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Ice Palace

Saranac Lake Ice Palace
By Liz Clancy Lerner

The Saranac Lake Ice Palace really is a sight to see. Thousands of blocks of ice weighing in between 400 and 800 pounds a piece were used to build the structure and luckily, it's no hands-off exhibit.

The public is welcome to come in and sit on the ice thrones (the theme this year is "medieval"), climb the stairs, take photos with the animal ice carvings, and squeeze through the small tunnels and mazes.

It was packed on Sunday -- the last day of the carnival, but the word is that the ice palace will be up (pending melt) until the end of February.

Here's more information and videos about the construction of the palace -- and a history of the carnival.

More photos after the jump.

saranac lake ice palace animation

Ice Palace Window Kids

Ice Palace Statue

Ice Palace Tunnel

Ice Palace Kids

Ice Palace Hat

Ice Palace Dog

Comments

Heh... we were just up there this weekend too :-)

I remember going there as a kid one year when they had an ice slide. It was awesome.

Did you stay in town, Slacker? I hear everything was sold out.

An ice slide! That sounds fun. And I was just impressed with the steps...

Wow! Saranac Lake and Lake Placid stories today. I feel like I'm back up there reading the Adirondack Daily Enterprise. Lived across from the Ice Palace for many years -- it's a testament to Adirondack ingenuity and community spirit. Gosh - now I'm homesick.

Here are a few more photos at night, the castle is lit up brilliantly, it's really nice. Unfortunately I missed the fireworks, would love to get that shot.

Oops, the slideshow is a better link, sorry.

B - those are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing. I wish I was around long enough to see it at night (I noticed the lights and wires within the castle)

@Liz- nah, grew up a little ways west of there so we stayed @ my parents.

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