Saranac Lake continues Ice Palace tradition

SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – It’s a beautiful tourist attraction completely dependent on the weather, but this year, the Ice Palace at the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival is getting a lot of help from Mother Nature.

It may not be the happiest place on earth, but Emanual Badcor and his girlfriend left the sandy beaches of Puerto Rico to take a selfie inside the Ice Palace at Saranac Lake.

“It’s huge,” he said. “All of this is made out of ice. It’s incredible.”

The Ice Palace has been a part of the town’s history for the past 100 years bringing people from all over the East Coast to check out the creation built block by block all from ice.

This year’s theme was the 1960s. It showcases everything from the moon rover to an astronaut ice sculpture to a psychedelic Volkswagen bus.

saranac lake ice palace peace sign

“Normally this would have been done or melted by now,” builder Dean Baker said.

But thanks to this season’s bitter cold temperatures, the ice was thicker. The palace was built higher with around 1,500 2×4 blocks cut right from the lake behind where the palace stands and weighing 700 pounds each.

“It was cold working here, but when you’re building, you stay warm because you’re moving around a lot,” Baker said.

Even the mortar that holds the ice together is a snow and ice mixture of slush.

“It’s lit at night all different colors cause the 60s were about lights and flowers and having a good time,” Baker said.

Even Badcor was smiling and having a good time underneath his face mask.

“We like the snow even though we’re used to 80 degree weather,” he said. “It’s horrible, but we like it.”

Around 30,000 tourists visit the site each year. The palace will stay standing for around another two weeks before it melts away.

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