Ice Festival in Cripple Creek, Colorado with Colorado Traveling Ducks

Cripple Creek is one of our favorite mountain towns.  In February we went to the 13th annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival.

Welcome to Cripple Creek

Sculpting ice starts with chain saws and ends with tiny tools for great details in the ice.   Previous years a committee had a theme and all carvers followed the theme.   This year it was Carver’s Choice.   First we saw these carvings of Giant Insects in Ice by Snice Carvings.

Giant insects of ice

We love these giant insects.

Giant insects of ice

And every show needs a lady bug.

Ice sculptures

This crab even has the markings on his back.

Giant insects

Remember, Cripple Creek has limited stakes gambling.

Poker table of ice

There were real cards under the ice on this poker table.  And we all love Mystical Creatures.

Ice sculptures

This display of mystical creatures in ice won the People’s Choice Award.  All are magnificent, but we do love unicorns.

Ice sculptures

Toy Story 4, because we are all kids at heart.

Ice sculptures Toy Story 4

Balancing on ice?

Ice sculptures

This sculptures is for touching, but sitting on an ice hat is rather chilly.

Ice hats are cold

Wow.

Ice sculptures

The gang is here.  Shivering makes small ducks hungry.

Kiki’s Cookies and Cakes

Kiki’s Cookies and Cakes are tempting.   Maybe grilled meat sandwiches?

Great food available

So many choices.  And all are delicious.

Bennett Street, Cripple Creek

If it were warm outside, mom would be in that ice cream parlor.  This ice slide is for young humans.

Ice slide

They sit on mats and slide down.   The kids are having a great time.  And of course one of our favorites, funnel cakes.

No need to be hungry

But elephant ears?  We are ready to try anything.  Another reminder.

Cripple Creek has limited stakes gambling

Cripple Creek does have limited stakes gambling.   But today we are just looking at ice sculptures and snacking.   Perhaps casino hopping next trip.  There were so many more ice sculptures that we did not show you.   All are beautiful, especially with Colorado sunshine on them.   We hope you visit Cripple Creek next February for the 2 week ice festival.   It is wonderful.

Cripple Creek, Colorado Ice Festival with Zeb, Soapy Smith, and JB Duck

An Old West town made of ice, with slides, firehouses and miners.   Cripple Creek, Colorado has that and more.   The Colorado Traveling Ducks traveled southwest of Denver, into the mountains, to the old mining town of Cripple Creek.   Yesterday was the last day of the Ice Festival.

Cripple Creek Ice Fsstival

Cripple Creek Ice Fsstival

Wow.   This is a “cool” train.   Small humans are having fun on the ice slide.

Ice slide

Ice slide

They sit on a piece of cardboard and slide down.   If necessary, bales of straw stop them at the end.   This could be a scene in the Old West.

A glimpse into the past

A glimpse into the past

An important part of old towns is the Saloon.

Here is the Saloon

Here is the Saloon

Let’s go in.   This is a well stocked bar.

This bar has everything

This bar has everything

And, mining towns need a diligent prospector.

Prospector

Prospector

We really like him.   Without cars, horses were the major form of transportation.

Riding the horse

Riding the horse

Guess we are going back to the Saloon.   Even in the Old West towns, the sheriff was needed.   There were always some characters wanted by the law.

Wanted??

Wanted??   Reward??

Before cows, the buffalo did roam.

Buffalo

Buffalo

Just in case, the Firehouse was ready.

Firehouse

Firehouse

Now that scoundrel, Soapy Smith Duck, is sitting on a big boot.

Soapy on the boot

Soapy on the boot

Careful, that spur can do damage.   Leaving the ice sculptures, we sat in the caboose.

Sitting in a caboose

Sitting in a caboose

This is nice.   Hey, look at the wooden swing.

We love swings

We love swings

These are logs for log homes.    Swings are so much fun.   Here we have Sangria, from http://www.whatwelove.com

Sangria

Sangria

Michael Hasler is the owner and winemaker.    Time to eat.   Grammies Desserts have less to sell now.

Grammies Desserts

Grammies Desserts

Moms are buying lots and it looks so good.   We also bought warm, homemade tamales here.   Yum!   Cripple Creek Ice Festival is great and we love it.   As the sun begins to get lower in the sky, we enter Century Casino.

Century Casino

Century Casino

Twenty-five years ago gambling was legalized in Cripple Creek.   The casinos are not allowed to build huge new casinos.   The historic buildings now are casinos.   This makes the town retain the Old West look and atmosphere.  Video poker is the game of choice today.

Let's play video poker

Let’s play video poker

The moms have a good time.   Some hands they win and some they lose.   We ducks are fascinated with video poker.   Soon the humans are finished, cash out the winnings, and head for the bar.   A bag of popcorn, a hot dog and diet Cokes are just what we wanted.   Great festival food.   Visit Cripple Creek soon.   This is a great town and they have great festivals.