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Ice Skating Rink - Where it dosnt snow Answered

I want to make a ice skating rink BUT I live in NZ
Its spring now and even in winter it dosnt snow here.
I would need to freeze the water somehow, and be able to use it year round,
Can you help me?



7 years ago

Synthetic ice, I've seen it used for practice rinks and it seems to work well and you don't need to keep it cool.


7 years ago

Ha, ambitious! I'm sorry to say that you're going to need some very big, very expensive equipment to pull it off.

Most "year round" skating rinks - that is, any skating rink built where the air temperature is above zero, will have cooling pipes set into the concrete pad. Then, there's a massive cooling rig that continually pumps coolant through the pipes to keep the rink frozen. If the air temperature climbs above 10 Celcius, you'll also need a covered, air conditioned building to put the rink in.

So, have you got about a million dollars to construct an air conditioned building, pour a massive concrete pad, and buy cooling equipment? Oh! And lots of money afterward to pay for the electricity to keep the show running?

Sometime I take it for granted, that I can build a rink with a dozen pieces of plywood and a garden hose. ;)

Since maintaining the temperature is going to be your largest issue, consider removing it from the equation.They manufacture synthetic ice for situations just like yours, and also for hockey training if there are no rinks around.

They're plenty of company's that specialize in this (such as kwikrink.com, syntheticicesolutions.com, ezglide and others). But, that's not really in the spirit of this site. Some research with the keywords "DIY synthetic ice" returns some interesting results, it appears the consensus would be to buy panels and install them yourself. These guys sell such a product, but there are sure to be others:  http://www.piedmontplastics.com/

If you want real ice in a warm climate:
Build a concrete slab with refrigeration lines and use water. This method is prohibitive for the DIY'er as you have to worry about slab integrity, refrigerants (on large scale they typically use ammonia or other chemicals which have their own handling issues and cost), protecting the ice while freezing, and a Zamboni.

good luck.

We had a travelling "ice" rink visit our school.

The rink surface was made of soft plastic tiles (nylon? polyethylene?), which the owner lubricated between sessions with a spray that he told me was mainly sugary water.

The professional solution involves cooling pipes under the ice, circulating a mixture with a freezing point below that of water (automobile antifreeze might work, but you'd need a lot of it), plus the pumps and refrigeration mechanisms to drive that system.

Obviously, if you want to use it year round, it also has to be indoors in an air-conditioned building or it'll melt from the top down even if you're cooling it from the bottom up.

You might want to consider a rollerblade rink instead.

Thanks for the great answer
I have acess to a wherehouse
Im guessing i could turn it into a rink during winter
All year round wouldnt be the biggest issue

Agreed -- you want to use nature to do as much work for you as possible. Hence, many backyard rinks exist only where the ambient temperature can do all the work for you. Ice rinks done professionally use HUGE heat pumps and take massive amounts of energy to run. Not exactly hobby-friendly.