2018 Winter Carnival Ice Palace Exterior Day Construction Progress

Ice Harvesting

The Ice Palace was constructed with over 5,400 crystal clear, 22” wide x 44” long x 18” tall ice blocks from Green Lake near Spicer, Minnesota. Each block weighed over 500 pounds and tools and techniques dating back to the 1930’s were used to harvest them. A football field sized grid was sawn and then each block was chiseled loose and guided along an open water channel, up an antique conveyor belt and down a sloping wooden ramp to shore. The ice blocks were loaded onto 115 flat-bed semi-trucks and delivered to Saint Paul’s Rice Park.