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Warmer-than-normal winter weather forces temporary closure of Edmonton Ice Castles

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Edmonton’s Ice Castles lead artist explains how it will keep growing
Jan. 11, 2019: Edmonton's Ice Castles is bigger than ever and it will continue to grow all winter. Kent Morrison spoke with lead artist Christian Denis about some of the features in the throne room and how they will continue to add more ice because the water is never turned off – Jan 11, 2019

Above-average temperatures have forced officials to temporarily close the Edmonton Ice Castles because its surfaces were too slippery.

A spokesperson tells Global News the attraction was closed Saturday and remained closed Sunday as a safety precaution.

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The Edmonton Ice Castles are expected to reopen on Wednesday. Crews will spend Monday and Tuesday repairing areas impacted by the warmer temperatures.

“It isn’t uncommon, at times, for Ice Castles to close temporarily due to warm temperatures or rain,” spokesperson Melissa Smuzynski said in an email to Global News on Monday.

Those who had purchased tickets to attend on Sunday were notified of the closure via text message and asked to reschedule for a later date.

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The frozen creation in Edmonton is made up of 25 million pounds of ice and is roughly an acre in size, said the company behind the attraction. Ice Castles has six locations across North America, but the Edmonton castle is the only one in Canada.

READ MORE: Edmonton Ice Castles opens to the excitement of visitors

The castle opened on Jan. 4. Tickets to visit the attraction can be bought online.

The Edmonton Ice Castle’s usual hours of operation are:

  • Monday: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Thursday: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Friday: 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Saturday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Sunday: Noon – 8 p.m.

This is the fourth year the castle has been built in the Edmonton park.

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