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In Breck, Ice Castles in, SnowBall music festival out

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What was once the Silverthorne Ice Castles have found a new home at the Tiger Dredge lot in Breckenridge after the attraction skated through a final approval by the town council Tuesday.

The Ice Castles will be constructed on the Tiger Dredge parking lot and will take up 35 of the lots more than 200 spaces for the better part of the winter season.

“I think the ice castle belongs in Breckenridge,” Councilman Mark Burke said when town leaders were first asked to host the attraction.

But, unable to settle on optimal dates and concerned about fallout from drug and alcohol use, town officials declined to host AEG Live’s SnowBall music festival, formerly in Avon, next year.

“This is an event that I really can’t back,” Breckenridge Mayor John Warner said Tuesday. “There was a medical emergency aspect to the Avon experience. There were over 20 rushes to the hospital for alcohol and substance abuse overdoses. I just worry about that happening in our community.”

Warner noted that the nearest hospital is nine miles away in Frisco.

The SnowBall was on deck to be the third major addition to the Breckenridge event calendar implemented by the new council in its first five months of office.

The sitting council also approved the rodeo currently underway on Airport Road earlier this year.

Work on the ice castles is set to begin in mid-October with the opening in mid- to late-November.

Breckenridge will receive a fee of 7.5 percent on full priced ticket sales to the castle and 5 percent on Groupon and other discounted ticket sales, according to a town memo.

Promoters of SnowBall, a high-profile, but problematic music festival held in Avon the last two years, asked Breckenridge several weeks ago to consider hosting the event in the spring of 2013.

The concert yielded more than 100 arrests for Avon police last year, most of them drug and alcohol related, but organizers said Breckenridge won’t necessarily have the same problems.

“It was the way that Avon approached it,” AEG Live director of operations Rob Thomas told the council at Tuesday’s meeting. “These same artists play Red Rocks, which is a city-owned venue, all summer long without incident. That’s the bottom line with it, is it works at Red Rocks.”

But, after hearing mixed reviews from the lodging community and concerns from Breckenridge Ski Resort that the event would compete with its Spring Fever line-up, council members ultimately vetoed the festival Tuesday.