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The Ice Caves return to the Lake Geneva area, but at a new site.

Ice Castles open Friday near Lake Geneva

After a polar vortex-chilled, six-week run last year on the Riviera Beach in the heart of Lake Geneva, the upcoming Ice Castles frozen and illuminated ice extravaganza will move about seven miles northwest to the edge of Lake Como.

The castles – which open on Friday, Jan. 31 – are being built at the Geneva National Resort & Club, where ample space will allow the structures to expand and to accommodate the kinds of crowds the spectacle draws, even when temperatures dip below zero.

"Our partnership with Geneva National Resort will allow us to create an even bigger castle with more interactive features and magical elements," Ice Castles LLC CEO Ryan Davis told the Lake Geneva Regional News.

The newspaper noted that a plan to move the castles to a site about a half-mile from Riviera Beach, near Lake Geneva's Dunn Field, drew opposition and failed.

Here's a first look I did at the Ice Castles last January.

Tickets are on sale now.

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