Construction of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Ice Palace will begin on January 22. Construction involves harvesting ice from Lake Flower, transporting it to the shore and assembling it according to a blueprint. Construction on the palace will continue until the start of the carnival on February 6.
The Ice Palace is built by volunteers, organized by a group informally known as the Ice Palace Workers 101 (IPW 101). The public is welcome to volunteer and roles are assigned based on comfort level, skill and ability. The construction of the Ice Palace is a community effort by those dedicated to keeping this tradition alive.