Between periods – as soon as the last ice hockey player has left the furrowed ice – it begins… the whirring or quiet sound of the ice maintenance machine. It appears as if the ice keeper has lost his orientation but then he makes his last turn and sweeps over the last spot of cut ice. Now the ice surface shines as if it has never been skated on before!
What took place? The ice resurfacing machine has done its job. The machine has planed off the used cut ice, deposited the residue into the snow tank and has laid an even layer of warm water onto the surface with the attached towel. The water freezes almost immediately and covers all the small furrows resulting in a new ice surface.
The ice skates themselves desire a clean and mirror-like surface. Clearly more skaters will flock to a properly maintained facility than to a poorly maintained one. It may also be necessary to shave off an ice layer that is too thick in order to achieve the optimal ice thickness. An additional centimeter of ice thickness can increase the energy usage by 15-20%!
An ice resurfacing maintenance machine is vital for the operation of an ice rink!
The 2013 season of Red Bull Crashed Ice is in the books and what a season it was!
On Saturday, March 16, 2013 the last run of the Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship 2013 will...
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Ice Hockey World Championship from May 1-17, 1998The Swiss Ice Hockey Federation – especially the players of the national A team were very positively surprised at the ice quality during the Ice Hockey World Championship!In spite of the occasional high temperatures in the stadium, the ice fulfilled the expectations placed on a A class World Championship completely! This was even more remarkable since this was a mobile rink which met with a certain amount of expected skepticism before the championship began.We want to thank you very much for your teamwork and look forward to training and playing in the future on AST Ice.Best RegardsSwiss Ice...