Ligonier’s 2016 Ice Fest

Carolyn’s Online Magazine


The ski resorts in southwestern Pennsylvania were concerned they’d bomb during the 2015-2016 winter season. After all, the December spring fooled unseasonal flowers that started blooming. Then on January 13 winter bore down: cold and snow. But insufficient to nurture a great ski season.

About 3:00 p. m., January 22nd , winter storm Jonas hit Ligonier Valley and the Laurel Highlands,. During 24 hours a continuous snowfall dropped 21 inches of snow at our home. Then again, we live in the mountain foothills—the mountaintops received up to 30 inches.

15 inches of snow on the birdbath at 1:45 a. m. on 1/24/2-16

15 inches of snow on the birdbath at 1:45 a. m. on 1/24/2-16

The Ligonier Ice Fest was scheduled for the 23rd and 24th . For a quarter century it’s depended on the weather. Although Storm Jonas caused cancellation of activities on the 23rd, blue skies and cold weather arrived on the 24th. The Ice Fest was on.

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And, as I hear told, the ski slopes can begin their winter recreational activities.

For me, Storm Jonas and the Ice Fest marked the transition into real winter. Photos of Storm Jonas are located @ First snow brings optimism.

Below are pictures of some of the 50 the ice sculptures in Ligonier, Pennsylvania.

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The WordPress writing prompt for 1/14/2016 is ripped into the headlines: Write about something that happened over the weekend as though it’s the top story on your local paper.

The WordPress photo prompt for November 27, 2015, is share an image that depicts transition.


About carolyncholland

In several if my nine lives I have been a medical lab technician and a human service worker specializing in child day care, adoptions and family abuse. Currently I am a photo/journalist/writer working on a novel and a short story. My general writings can be viewed at My novel site is
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2 Responses to Ligonier’s 2016 Ice Fest

  1. Grace ( & Fred) Wells says:

    Pretty pictures !


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