Last year when I was in Vegas, I stumbled upon a Pinterest pin of the Ice Castles that were located in Colorado....of course. I pinned it as a photography bucket list item, never thinking that I'd be moving right back to Colorado after just a year in Vegas.
Winter rolled around and I was so excited to see that the Ice Castles were in Colorado again this year. They moved from last year's location in Silverthorne all the way up to Steamboat Springs. Not to be deterred by a little winter road trip, I rounded up one of my photography buddies and we headed up to Steamboat...one of my favorite mountain ski towns.
We were lucky enough to have that uber blue Colorado sky and bright sunshine on the entire drive up and had quite a difficult time not stopping every few miles just to snap shots.
Rabbit Ears pass is one the most beautiful areas--usually filled with tons of snowmobilers and snowshoers. It's worth the 2-3 hours it takes just to drive through Rabbit Ears.
I've lived in Colorado the majority of my life and the blue sky still leaves me in awe sometimes.
We found the Ice Castles right in Ski Times Square....I was surprised by it's central location. Once inside though, the town and even most of the slopes disappeared as we were transported into a wintery maze of ice. We visited right around dusk which was the PERFECT time to get both day and sunset photos as well as night photos. The ice castles have lights frozen right inside and they light up after dark.
Seriously a stunning place and it was so much fun to photograph. I'd definitely recommend a visit if you are in town. There's also another site up at Mall of America if Colorado happens to be a bit far, but what's a few hundred or thousand miles to see this kind of beauty? :)