Cold temperatures take toll on ice carving

Frigid temperatures in Interior Alaska are taking their toll on North Pole’s Christmas in Ice event.

Temperatures of 40 below zero are taking a toll on ice artists trying to craft their ice masterpieces. They are having to deal with broken tools and snapped electrical cords. Even some of the exhibits are reacting negatively to the cold.

Christmas in Ice chairman Keith Frye told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that one carver had a wing on his angel break. He says the carver brought the wing inside and warmed it up before gluing it together.

Brice says anytime the weather gets below minus 20, ice becomes a lot more brittle.

The park opened on Saturday. A multiblock ice carving competition will be held Dec. 9-12.