By: John Koziol, Union Leader
After four winters of increasing success, Utah-based Ice Castles LLC is again bringing its ephemeral creativity to this resort town in the White Mountains.
Next year, it will move to its own property in neighboring North Woodstock.
In 2013, the company created its first Ice Castle on the East Coast at Loon Mountain. It was so popular there that it moved to a much bigger venue at the Hobo Railroad the following year.
At the Hobo, Ice Castles annually added 30 percent more lights while also seeing its attendance, which was in the tens of thousands, go up by 20 percent each year. That kind of growth ultimately led the company, which this winter will have four Ice Castles in the U.S. and two in Canada, to make the decision to buy its own site.
"We've never had this opportunity before," said Tayler Christensen, the Lincoln Ice Castle "build manager" and the nephew of company founder Brent Christensen. During a recent interview, he said "the sky's the limit" on the 60 acres the company has acquired in North Woodstock on Clark Farm Road.
That property has magnificent views of the White Mountains to the east, north and west and will easily accommodate parking and other amenities. Building future Ice Castles in North Woodstock will ease traffic congestion in Lincoln, where backups are common at I-93's Exit 32, while keeping it close enough to the interstate to be readily accessible by visitors.
While the Lincoln Ice Castle draws many visitors from central New Hampshire, some 60 percent come from much further south: The average visitor drives at least four hours round-trip, said Christensen.
Growing up near Lake Tahoe, Calif., Christensen never thought he would find "as beautiful a place" as that, but he reconsidered after becoming the Lincoln build manger in 2014, eventually moving his family to Lincoln. During the off-season, Christensen is a computer programmer.
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