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October 31, 2010

Ready for Ice Rink Season?

My Backyard Ice Rink - November 2010

It is nearly winter in Canada. We may see the first snow flurries as early as Nov 5th. Overnight temps are already dipping below freezing in many parts of Canada and the United States.

No matter where you live, dropping temperatures mean only one thing ...!!

The eyes of kids everywhere are glowing in anticipation - "Yay! Time for our backyard ice rink! ...Da-a-ad?!!!!"

Got kids but no home ice?

Instead of dreaming about palm trees and pina coladas, why not make the best of winter with a backyard ice rink??!

The initial outlay in terms of cash might be between $100 and $5,000, depending on size and how much construction you do yourself.

If this is your first or fifty-first winter season with a backyard ice rink, is here for you, with comprehensive tips, pictures and instructions for setting up your own rink in your back yard. Even the most experienced may pick up a tip or two.

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Use a Rink Liner This Year

Whether you’re using hockey boards or simply setting up a skating rink, we recommend using a rink liner.

You could just pack down the ice in a flat area, and then flood a bunch of water over the ice. This method works great in Yellowknife. It’s cheap in materials but very expensive in labor...all year long.

But better, faster and far less problematic is using a rink liner, and here’s why:

  • You can set up the rink in, say, October or November, before the weather turns utterly brutal.
  • You can turn on the hose, and then peak out of the warm house while Mother Nature does her thing. You could be skating in 72 hours.
  • With rink boards and a rink liner, you’ll be ready when the weather is. This means a lot more skating and hockey pick-up games for the effort you put in.
  • Ice resurfacing is a breeze. The boards and liner keep the water where you put it, reducing the time spent and helping create a glass-smooth finish.
  • An ice melt is not the end of the season, or at least the trigger for a lot more work. Instead, the water in the liner simply waits for the next freeze, and then you’re skating again.
  • Depending on where you live, you might be skating from the end of November all the way through mid-March! ...Nice!

And good thing for you - we’ll show you exactly how to create your backyard ice rink with a rink liner. Plus, we can help you obtain the best rink liners, rink boards, and even rink tarps, so you don’t waste money on inferior products.

For more information, visit Rink Liner Method.

We can hear you asking:

"When is it time to set up my backyard ice rink??"

Well, weather will obviously have something to say about when you should have your rink set up. You want to be completely prepared by the time the forecast calls for three consecutive days of freezing weather.

In Canada, this generally means your backyard rink should be set up by the third or fourth week in November. (Just so you know, we like to have our backyard hockey rink set up by the end of October.)

Do you have hockey-ice running in your veins?

  • Do you and your kids go to bed with knee pads still on?
  • Do you check an area for dentists before you decide to move there?
  • Have you ever built your own backyard skating or hockey rink?

    We’d love to hear from you.

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