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Ice castle comes to Kings Beach

Jenny Goldsmith
Sierra Sun

Under bluebird skies on the edge of North Lake Tahoe, a few West Shore locals have been working to construct an ice castle in the spirit of this year’s SnowFest.

Jeremiah Johnson and his crew of builders will have spent over 200 hours in Kings Beach shoveling snow, carving out features, and sculpting the castle creation, which will be completed by Friday evening.

“Both my brother and I are artists and feel satisfied when we are creating anything really,” Johnson said of his motivation behind the concept.

Johnson has been living in the North Lake Tahoe region since the birth of SnowFest in 1982, and even though he’s been building ice castles around the area since childhood, he said this will be the first year he will participate in the winter festival.

“I love to build with snow because it can be so much work, and then it all just melts away,” Johnson said. “I like the idea of creation and transience.”

Johnson does not take all the credit for his sculpting success. The North Tahoe Public Utility District donated space, water and electricity. Local contractors helped plow and provided tools. Over 20 of Johnson’s friends made time to carve the piece, and SnowFest organizers promoted the sculpture.

Executive Director Ruth Schnabel of SnowFest is looking forward to the artistic attraction for Kings Beach festival-goers.

“It’s turning out to be much bigger than I thought it was going to be, and I think it’s a huge addition to SnowFest, and a real draw to get people to come to Kings Beach,” Schnabel said.