'Melted beyond repair': Lake Geneva Ice Castles have closed after a short 2023 season

Warm-weather lovers might be enjoying the mild winter we've had in southeastern Wisconsin, but it hasn't been as nice for an icy attraction in Lake Geneva.

After being open for just three days, the Ice Castles have closed for the season, the company that builds them announced on its Facebook page on Feb. 9.

"Over the last three days, the castle has melted beyond repair," the post said. "We always say that Ice Castles is a delicate dance with Mother Nature. Sadly, this winter she didn't feel like dancing."

For those who already purchased tickets for a future date, the post noted they should check their emails for details regarding refunds.

The castles opened for the season on Feb. 4 — more than a week later than the Jan. 22 opening dates in 2021 and 2022.

Construction on the castles began in November on the grounds of the Geneva National Resort & Club on Lake Como. It was the fourth year in a row the castles were built there, and the fifth in Lake Geneva.

Hundreds of thousands of icicles are combined to create towers, walls, tunnels, slides and other formations for the castles. Colorful LED lights add to the dazzling display at night.

To add to the winter fun this year, horse-drawn sleigh rides were available for an additional cost, and guests also had a chance to meet "whimsical winter characters."

The castles are the work of Ice Castles LLC, a Utah-based company that also builds castles in Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York and Utah.

For more information, see icecastles.com/wisconsin.

Contact Chelsey Lewis at clewis@journalsentinel.com. Follow her on Twitter at @chelseylew and @TravelMJS and Facebook at Journal Sentinel Travel.

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This article originally appeared on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin Ice Castles in Lake Geneva closed after short 2023 season