A glacial beauty: Ice Hotel open for business

Photo: Ruby Pratka

Snow carvers worked on the hotel's walls as it opened for business January 5. The entire complex is scheduled to be completed by January 26.

Anyone hoping to stay a night at Quebec's Ice Hotel when it opened on January 5 was out of luck. All of the available suites-architectural works of art carved into tons of snow and ice-were booked, according to hotel management. But that didn't stop hundreds of curious visitors from exploring the hotel, its wedding chapel, cocktail bar and ice-climbing wall.