High End Systems is chilling the Ice Palace this year. Using 27,000 cubes of frozen lake water, Minnesotans are working around the clock to construct the Ice Palace, the spectacular centerpiece of the 2004 St. Paul Winter Carnival. More than 1 million spectators will flock to the outdoor festival starting January 22. The event climaxes on February 8 with the National Hockey League's All Star Game.

The Ice Palace promises to be a feast for the eyes. It measures 240 feet wide, with turrets towering to 75 feet high. A wall of ice surrounds the grounds with 20-foot high turrets. Adding to the spectacle is a fountain with a 20-foot high flame, two stages for entertainment and an ice rink.

The entire five-acre site is enhanced with nearly 500 High End Systems lighting products supplied by HES in Austin, Texas, and TLS of Huntsville, Ala. Lighting design is by Frattalone & Associates Inc. of St. Paul, Minn. High End's Tim Grivas is lighting programmer and TLS' Chris Lighthall is head electrician/system integrator.

This year's Ice Palace is a showcase of High End Systems products, including:
213 ColorCommand
22 ColorMerge
24 ColorPower
27 x.Spot Xtreme
94 C16
27 Trackspot 2
15 Technobeam
8 Studio Beam
4 EC-2
20 Dataflash AF1000
2 Wholehog III consoles