Frequently Asked Questions
What are the site requirements to install a skating rink? Every rink installation needs a solid, flat area to support the rink set up or construction. The ideal location is a concrete floor, or sub-floor deck, while some real ice installations may require a sand box construction to support construction. Clients may request a site visit, or send photos and specs for review, if a site visit isn't possible.
Can you set up your skating rinks on grass or dirt? Uneven areas, like grass, dirt, or gravel, require a sub-floor deck, or a sand box (real ice rink only), to provide a level surface. We can provide this service if required.
What are the space requirements? In addition to the sq. footage needed for the rink area and skater lounge, real ice rinks require an open area for snow dumping is required, plus an area for placement of refrigeration system, generators (if required), equipment storage, and guest kiosk area. Actual space may vary as it is related to rink capacity.
How many skaters can participate at one session? We recommend 10 people per 600 sq. ft. during normal conditions.
Can you set up a rink indoors? Yes, our rinks can be installed either indoors or outdoors, however real ice is more suitable for outdoor locations. Synthetic ice and roller floors can be installed anywhere; rooftops, patios, auditoriums, stages etc. No power or refrigeration is required, and synthetic ice will never melt.
How long does installation and/or removal take? Pending weather conditions, a typical installation and/or removal process can take 3-8 hours for synthetic ice, and roller skating floors, and from 7-10 days for real ice rinks.
What are the power requirements? Synthetic ice and roller skating rinks, only require standard power to run lighting, and auxiliary equipment, while real ice rinks require at minimum; 3 phase power, 460/480 volts (208/230 volt is acceptable). Auxiliary power generators are subject to local rates.
What are the recommended age requirements? 5 years to adult. Younger participants require special approval.
What is synthetic ice made of, and is it safe? Yes it is safe. The rink materials are made of a high density RECYCLABLE polymer, and sprayed with a non-toxic material to facilitate the glide.
Does synthetic ice feel like skating on real ice? The glide is slower than real ice by approx. 15%, much like skating on a frozen pond. Novice skaters may not notice a difference. Experienced figure skaters may need time to adjust, but will generally acclimate within minutes. Because the glide is a result of the friction created from the heat of the blade, you need push a little harder, to generate and maintain glide, and with the application of the glide enhancer, the speed can be adjusted to suit the ability of the skater.
Do you need special skates, and can people bring their own skates? We use regular ice skates, and/or roller skates/rollerblades, therefore people can bring their own, however we remind ice skaters that the blades should be sharp, and ask that roller skaters clean their wheels.
What if we need to change our date, or cancel our event? For single day or weekend events, you must notify us of your intent to change or cancel your event within 2-7 days of your event. Events that extend 7+ days require a minimum of 14 days notice, and seasonal events require 30 days notice of change/cancellation. You may then reschedule for up to 6 months, unless otherwise outlined by CSE sales at time of booking.