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My Backyard Ice Rink Ezine Issue #6 - Keep your Rink Ice into Springtime
March 05, 2011
mybackyardicerink.com Ezine Issue # 6 - March 2011
Good-Bye to Another of your Backyard Ice Rinks
It's March already. The most rural of roads are dry and snow-free, even if still lined with shrinking piles of melting snow discarded and abandoned by the snowplow.
Hockey fans and ice skaters wish their home ice could outlast those tallest of artificial drifts.
March thaws may not matter a bit to fans of backyard ice rinks living in ...
You've had a wonderful winter, and we know the wheels are turning for next year - how to create an even better backyard ice rink next season. And there's no time to waste - November is just around the corner!
Eke out more time on your backyard ice rinkBut is there any chance, right now, that you could stretch your home ice time just a little longer? Anything to keep skating?
Well, not really. But yes!
True, you can't stop the weather. February always turns into March, which turns into April in an amazingly short time. April is an icicle's biggest nightmare.
But you can cheat the weather. You can even scam it! But first, here are a few ways to honestly preserve your carefully crafted ice for a few more days.
Cheat or Scam Mother NatureCheat Mother Nature: You yourself may have cheatster friends, the ones with refrigerated ice rinks! Yeah, you know it too - they're your "best buddies" between March and May. Their refrigerated ice rinks are giving them up to 3 months of extra backyard ice time.
The Big Ice Scam: Perhaps you've seen them - glorious expanses of pristine white in July. It's 90 degrees outside (32 C) and there's no ice in sight. That sea of white is...is...it's not a mirage, it's PLASTIC! Yep, high- or ultra-high density polyethylene - synthetic ice. If that isn't a SCAM, we don't know what is!
With a synthetic ice rink, we can "fool nature" (or maybe even ourselves!) and enjoy 365 days a year of skating and hockey practice that is nearly as effective as ice, maybe more so. And minus the parkas or even shirts.
For a price, you can indeed prolong the skating season every year. Is the expense of synthetic ice or refrigeration spendy, or essential? That will have to be your call.
Edmonton Oilers Rookie Taylor Hall is proving his mettle - he's just pegged his first Gordy Howe Hat Trick.
Home Ice, by Jack Falla, is most probably one of the best books ever written on backyard ice rinks. Mr. Falla warmly illustrates the ways that backyard ice rinks bring together families and friends, even strangers. Plus, he walks you through his own rink-building, which will quite possibly ignite the passion inside your own soul to build one of your own.
It's March today, but October is coming. Start your springtime by reading the highly recommended Home Ice today. Bone up on the ins and outs of building a backyard ice rink, and when October or November rolls around (it'll be much sooner than expected!), you'll be armed with information and ready to create your own home ice.
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