By Matt Kroschel

DILLON, Colo. (CBS4) – The warm weather has not only delayed the openings of some ski resorts, but it’s also affecting other businesses in Dillon.

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It’s proving to be detrimental for ice castle artists who started making ice — only to see all that hard work disappear.

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“60 degrees is not ideal ice castle weather. Not at all,” said Dan Beck, an artist.

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CBS4’s Matt Kroschel interviews Dan Beck. (credit: CBS)

What was a growing ice castle fortress on an acre of land, now mostly flows downhill.

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A muddy mess left is behind from several days of unseasonably warm weather in the high country.

“It is frustrating. It’s the weather you can’t control it,” Beck told CBS4.

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Sandbags help the minor flooding caused by the heat wave as workers scramble to control what they really can’t.

“It’s the fourth winter in a row I have been a spot that’s been much warmer than the seasonal average,” Beck said.

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Finished ice castles (credit: CBS)

A cool down is expected to bring some relief soon.

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Finished ice castles (credit: CBS)

Artists hope to be open in time for Christmas, but all of that depends on what Mother Nature throws our way.

LINK: The Ice Castles Facebook Page

Matt Kroschel covers news throughout Colorado working from the CBS4 Mountain Newsroom. Send story ideas to mrkroschel@cbs.com and connect with him on Twitter @Matt_Kroschel.

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