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How an Off-Season Hobby Grew into a Slick Business

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California native Brent Christensen, founder of Ice Castles, didn’t have any experience living in cold climates when he moved to Alpine, , in 2000. His seasonal summer business -- a mobile lawnmower repair company -- left him plenty of time to goof off during the . He noticed that a neighbor was a just-because-he-could giant mound of ice in his yard by directing running water onto a pole.

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Worlds of wonder: Ice Castles incorporate tunnels, archways and other architectural elements.

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