Ice Maintenance : how to improve ice quality
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11-18-2008, 04:46 PM
Join Date: Jun 2008
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Compared to other rinks, the staff at this rink don't seem to care too much.
As soon as the last game of the night is finished, they close the rink & leave. The maintenance staff does not stay for an extra hour or two to hose the ice down, check for cracks etc...
The ice is fine in terms of cracks & holes - they aren't really any.
But the snow build-up is really becoming a problem.
Any suggestions ?
I play hockey at two different rinks & manage (zam drive, best job EVER) an open air ice rink. Snow builds up regardless when playing hockey games. More skaters = more snow. It would be way better for the ice if the staff zambonied the surface before they closed up & they certainly would NEVER want to hose down the ice. That would make for an uneven surface. You have to mist water down slowly with a hose to build up the ice, than use a zamboni to spread water evenly. Cracks & holes should never be a problem at an indoor rink. It sounds like there is just a lot of skating being done in your games. Not a whole lot can be done other than using big squeegee's to push it off in the D zones like they do in the NHL during tv timeouts. Play thru it & get your dangling done early in the game.
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