The skating world is in deed a small world. Last night I got a call from a client who was making a purchase in the VA Beach area back on the east coast. As it turns out their daughter skates over at Iceland in VA Beach which is one of the rinks I use to skate at.
In this day and age with so many rinks going under it was really great to hear that, that rink is still doing well and has a thriving skating program. I know it’s been many, many years since I skated there back in the late 80’s early 90’s so hearing about the program really was a breath of fresh air. I hope that things continue to grow out there.
This past weekend it was so great to see so many kids back on the ice and loving skating on our synthetic ice.
Most skaters when they first get on our synthetic ice, it takes about 2-3 minutes to get use to it. Once they get use to the fact that they have to push a little harder they are fine and it’s skating as usual. On synthetic you push on average 10% harder then on traditional refrigerated ice.
That’s why you get a better work out and skaters that train on synthetic are stronger skaters when they return to refrigerated ice. Once the skaters get past the 2 minute mark they realize that it’s skating as usual and they can’t tell a difference.
Another reason it takes about 2 minutes is that your blades have to warm up. With the brand of synthetic ice we use tempered blades will not de-temper because they will not get anywhere near that hot. The blades do have to warm up so that the ice and the blades are roughly the same temperature which makes skating a breeze.
There isn’t anything you can do on real ice that you can’t do on our synthetic. Come on out and try it for yourself.
We at On Edge Skating would like to thank everyone who came out this weekend and saw our synthetic ice rink at Olde Fashioned Christmas. We hope that all the children enjoyed skating. Thank you to West Star Aviation for graciously sponsoring our being there and to the Glacier for providing free rental skates for the children. It was great to see all the kids having a great time and great to see skating back in the Grand Valley! We look forward to being able to grow our ice surface and provide our environmentally friendly skating alternative to the area for many years to come.