indoor home ice rink in a garage or basement with synthetic ice

When it comes to indoor artificial ice rinks, most people think they could never afford such a luxury. Perhaps it would work in a professional setting, but a residential space? It doesn’t seem possible. 

Think again. Enter KwikRink Synthetic Ice! 

It turns out that indoor artificial ice is actually THE next big thing in ice sports. Let KwikRink Synthetic Ice help bring those indoor ice rink dreams back faster than Wayne Gretzky’s slapshot. Don’t miss out on such an amazing solution for your home or business. 

From Tucson to Two Harbors, you can install a KwikRink synthetic ice rink in any location, inside or out! Kwik Rink’s high-quality, artificial ice rinks will fit into any residential or commercial space.

Looking to remodel your unfinished basement, redo a three- or four-season porch, or even outfit your company’s empty warehouse? Let KwikRink Synthetic Ice help! 

Our rinks are custom-sized to your individual spacing needs. Their patented interlocking panels can be cut to accommodate any area, small or large. To see if a KwikRink indoor ice rink can be installed in your home or business, contact them for a free estimate!

home indoor ice rink in basement with stone walls and a father and child playing hockey

Benefits of Artificial Ice

Did you know that by installing an indoor artificial ice rink in your home, you can help your wallet and reduce your carbon footprint? It’s true! 

Real ice is complex and expensive to maintain. It also requires the proper temperature. Even cold climates don’t stay below freezing year-round. 

That, in turn, usually translates into your purchasing highly sought after ice time. Thoughts of having real ice in a warmer climate melt faster than the ice itself.

In addition, even if you live in a colder climate, costly refrigeration systems are needed to keep ice in a solid-state indoors. Even a small-sized indoor rink can cost upwards of $5,000 for proper HVAC, which explains why local ice rinks charge such high prices. 

Why pay for exorbitant prices at your local rink for ice time, when you could be the one charging others to pay for your indoor “ice” time! With a KwikRink indoor ice rink installed in your home or business, you are the one in charge. 

Compared to real ice, maintenance and upkeep costs of artificial ice are virtually zero. With just a few sprays of lubricant, your KwikRink is as good as new. Real ice wastes upwards of 12,000 gallons of water for a full-size rink. That’s the amount of water an average family of 4 uses per month

Our highly specialized materials require very little maintenance: no new material waste, water waste, or wallet pain. Synthetic indoor ice is another tool you can use to combat climate change. 

Our indoor rinks are cost-effective and are making your skating dreams into reality. No project is too challenging for our installation pros. Check out some residential spaces we have developed here. 

indoor ice rink in a home with yellow walls and a goalie target

How Does Synthetic Ice Compare to Real Ice? 

 

KwikRink Synthetic Ice’s expert design boasts an impressive 90% comparison rate to that of real ice. Start, stop, pass, shoot, and score your way into the best feeling artificial ice. Users of KwikRink happily report ease of glide and maneuvering and precision in all forms of stopping. 

Did we mention you won’t need a Zamboni with KwikRink? That’s right! KwikRink synthetic ice simply needs to be kept clean to keep the “ice” healthy.

We realize most residential homes won’t need a Zamboni, but your real homemade rink won’t repair itself. This translates into more water waste and time spent on unnecessary maintenance. A KwikRink synthetic rink won’t need this extra maintenance. 

Our rinks are also highly durable. Our thinner surface rinks have a 7-10 year lifespan, while our thicker surfaces have well surpassed ten years. Now that’s a guarantee you can take to the net. 

indoor home ice rink in a garage or basement

Why An Indoor KwikRink is Right for Your Home or Business

 

You’ve got the perfect place in mind. You’ve taken the measurements, and you know precisely the type of indoor ice rink you want in your space. You’ll be the envy of the neighborhood. Don’t let this opportunity push you offsides, contact KwikRink today. 

We guarantee all our products. If you aren’t happy with your indoor ice rink for some reason, we will work with you to find a solution. Our rinks are easy to install in any location. 

Our rinks are multi-functional too. They are predominantly used for ice sports but can be used for basketball, boxing, soccer, and tennis, to name a few. 

Also, we can provide your rink with all the accessories you will need. Fully deck out your indoor ice rink with everything from lines and nets, to dasher boards and plexiglass. 

Your rink could have everything a professional rink has. The best part is that you get to blow the whistle!

Our low maintenance and resilient rinks are guaranteed for up to 10 years. They are so durable; you can even park a car on them! We have over 30 years of experience so that you can trust our expertise in regards to all things artificial ice. 

KwikRink proudly serves all 50 states, plus five continents worldwide. Start bringing your artificial indoor ice rink dreams into reality. When the Blue Line meets your bottom line, you know it’s time for a KwikRink Synthetic Ice indoor rink. Give us a call today! 

 

happy family on synthetic ice rink

For a winter sports enthusiast, finding ice to skate on can be a challenge. Rinks can be closed, and rental is often expensive; it would be easier to own your rink. You can do that with synthetic ice panels from KwikRink Synthetic Ice! 

KwikRink Synthetic Ice offers synthetic ice panels worldwide and can place them in most locations. Owning your ice is just one perk of our panels. Of course, we could name a plethora of reasons, but we will detail only four for now. 

Read on to see how great owning your rink can be. Better yet, visit our site or give us a call today to request a free consultation. 

What Offseason?

With synthetic ice panels, you can skate whenever you please

When the offseason happens, athletes run to gyms or training facilities to condition. There is no guarantee for ice time. These obstacles can make it hard to keep up skating fundamentals season to season.

If you happen to live in a warmer climate, ice training and sport can be strictly seasonal. Having synthetic ice extends a season and offers training and conditioning without running a full ice rink. If you don’t own a rink, then you are fully aware of the fee to skate.

Fees for a traditional rink owner include coverage for staff, compressors, building fees, and so much more. If you are just attending a conventional rink to skate, you may incur an hourly fee. That adds up to quite the total over time — especially if you skate often.

Placing synthetic ice panels at your home (or gym!) cancels the offseason, rink fees, and the high cost of operating an ice rink. 

little boy with helmet and other children ice skating on synthetic ice panels

The Possibilities are Endless with Synthetic Ice Panels

You can put our panels anywhere in the world that you would like. 

What makes synthetic ice panels so useful is their true versatility. The panels fit into one another like puzzle pieces. This feature makes them convenient and offers the option of adding to or taking away from the space. 

Our rinks can be installed in a backyard, a basement, or even a commercial space. Our goal is to ensure you the best rink for your needs. Our rinks have been installed in areas as small as a lane in a driveway, and as big as a cruise ship. 

We are a United States-based company that proudly serves our global community. Fellow ice sport enthusiasts are using our panels on five continents across the globe. That’s a lot of skating, fun, and memories!

Low Impact Big Results

Use our panels to be good to your body!  

An added perk to installing a synthetic ice rink is it provides a low impact workout. Skating is powered by gliding, making it an excellent option for those who need one. 

These workouts can be fun and easier on the body. Humana, a trusted insurance company, cites low impact workouts as a better option because of their ease on joints and the body.

Lower impact exercise regularly can aid in weight loss, endurance, and more. Just twenty minutes a day can help strengthen your heart. With results like this, it is not a question of why low impact workouts are raved about. 

Enough cannot be said about how much skating can contribute to your overall well being. Doing something you love without the pressure of driving, sharing ice, or configuring schedules can make for a sincerely enjoyable experience. That is just plain good for your mental health.

happy family ice skating in a line together

Return on Investment 

You can have a product that will last and be used enough to pay for itself. 

Synthetic ice panels are ideal for those who want to invest in their families. The fifth-generation technology used in our panels is guaranteed to last at least a decade. KwikRink Synthetic Ice panels can mean a decade of skating parties, practice, fun, and quality family time.

The 13- time Stanley Cup Champions Toronto Maple Leaves have recently installed our ice panels. They have been established for practice use in the Mastercard Centre. We know that this will be an excellent investment for them. 

You don’t have to be an NHL team to have a rink custom to your training needs and personal style. The ultimate rink is easily made with custom crease lines, face-off dots, and even your own markings. 

If you are into bells and whistles, how about skate sharpeners, shooting traps, or even plexiglass? There are many more customizable options; however, any of them is a great investment in your very own rink that will be enjoyed and used for years to come.

two people wearing ice skates next to an outdoor ice rink

Goal!

No space is too small or too far away to place a rink in. Our panels are built to last, and also a lot of fun. We constantly improve upon our product for your enjoyment, health, and training.

We have been serving the Twin Cities and beyond since the mid-1990s. We have found a lot of uses for our panels and enjoy making them better, stronger, and above all, more fun to use. 

Placing synthetic ice panels in your home is a great investment in your athlete’s skating skills and potential. Whether you are a hockey player, a figure skater, or a speed skater, ice time on demand is invaluable.

Also invaluable are the memories made and the fun to be had. How else would it be possible to have an impromptu family hockey game? Maybe work on that jump when you have the time instead of working your schedule around a rink that may be crowded?

The family budget is also kept by removing hourly fees for skating rinks.

The value is not just in the time that is available but also lies in the ease of set up and cost. KwikRink panels come as puzzle pieces making them simple to set up, change the configuration, or takedown. 

Bringing winter sports into your home is a big decision. We are not blind to that, and we want to make sure that you are informed and all your questions answered. Please visit KwikRink Synthetic Ice online or call today for your free consultation. 

 

young adults and teens playing ice hockey on a customized synthetic ice rink with nets, markings, and a basketball goal outdoors

Synthetic ice, or artificial ice, has been around for a couple of decades. With its invention, year-round skating is now as popular as ever. You can customize your synthetic ice rink to meet your ice project needs, with the designs and accessories that make it unique. 

There are many advantages to a synthetic ice rink, including increased ice speed and the ability to create the same skating experience as on weather ice, long life span, temperature regulation, and seamless surface. Synthetic ice rinks can also be both indoors or outdoors. 

KwikRink Synthetic Ice has installed hundreds of skating rinks at homes, businesses, and public places across five continents. They have developed a realistic ice surface for both recreational ice skaters and athletes. 

Whether your needs are for figure skating, hockey training, speed skating, or entertainment, KwikRink Synthetic Ice can be customized. Reach out to KwikRink Synthetic Ice for a free estimate for a home skating rink today. 

What does a customizable synthetic ice skating surface mean for you?

Seven Ways You Can Customize Your Synthetic Ice Skating Rink for Home Training or Professional Skating

customized synthetic ice rink deck with wood railings

Goals and Nets

No hockey rink is complete without hockey goals and nets. You may want two goals at the end of the arena to play or practice, just like regulation hockey. Another option may be to have one goal to practice your backyard game and sharpen your skills to aim at low spots. 

Goals include netting and pegs to hold the net in place so you can practice just as you are in a real game. No more hauling the goal from side to side or worrying about it moving with each practice shot. Simply put, it makes hockey practice convenient and realistic.  

Dasher Boards

Dasher boards are essential for keeping the puck in the rink. They are useful for figure skaters for spotting and stretching. 

Different options for dasher boards include shielding systems, edgeless options, and tempered glass or acrylic shielding. Appropriate glass and shielding allow for the reduction of injury when a player or skater hits the boards.

Aluminum dasher boards are an option and have been in the industry for decades. They are designed to withstand years of use and abuse. 

Shielding can be installed for the safety of the skaters. The good news is that there are various design options so you can customize your synthetic ice skating rink to your home or business’s needs. 

customized synthetic ice rink with ice markings and plexiglass

Colored Markings

Colored markings allow for better training with patented color-correct goalie creases, lines, and circles. Lines can be customized to the sport, whether it is hockey, figure skating, speed skating, curling, or another form of ice sport. 

Logos and advertisements can also be added to add color and appeal to the ice, show support to your team, and support local businesses. Think about it: how amazing would it be to have a backyard hockey rink with your favorite NHL team or local high school mascot? It is possible with customizable colored markings. 

Shooting Tarps

Shooting tarps are a fantastic way to practice your shot. Skaters can practice aiming for the top shelf or the goal tender’s five-hole. You can shoot full force shots into the tarp without having to worry about breakage or causing injury. 

With shooting tarps, you can set up practice in a way that fits your needs. One important tip is to make sure the tarp is tight and secure. 

You can set up a pile of pucks so they are ready to go and within easy reach. You are then able to practice repeat shots on each of the target holes of the tarp. 

You can choose where to aim, whether it be high to the right, low to the left, vice versa, or somewhere in between. Continuous practice on shooting tarps leads to perfection during the game. 

backyard synthetic ice rink with nets and center line

Netting and Plexiglass

You can protect windows and walls with high-quality netting and plexiglass. The protection ensures that pucks stay in the rink rather than ending up in someone else’s backyard. 

It is never comfortable to ask your neighbor for stray pucks at the end of the season or have them knocking on your door to return a bucket full of pucks.

Protective netting is worth the investment. Players can take as many wrist shots and slap shots as they want, shooting as hard and high as they need to for good practice. 

Netting and plexiglass can be customizable to the size of your synthetic ice surface. It gives peace of mind to customize your synthetic ice rink with netting and plexiglass to protect your property and those nearby. 

Training Aids

Additional training aids are available to customize your synthetic ice rink. Training aids can help improve skating, puck handling, and shooting. Included are beginner skating push aids, passer training equipment, or stickhandling balls. All of the training aids are perfect for very young skaters or beginners to practice and enjoy the skating experience alongside those who are more advanced. 

customized synthetic ice rink with training gear and banners

Synthetic Ice Panels 

KwikRink Synthetic Ice panels are low maintenance and resilient. Their ice surface can last for over ten years. The patented system makes installation and teardown easy and quick. They are installed and taken apart, just like a jigsaw puzzle. 

The synthetic ice panels are adaptable. They are easy to construct and can be made to size. You can add on or reduce based on the needs of your skater or rink. 

KwikRink Synthetic Ice continuously works to improve its synthetic ice panels. Their fourth generation synthetic surface now features 90% of real ice glides. You can be ensured you’re customizing your synthetic ice rink to mimic skating on real ice. 

Contact KwikRink Synthetic Ice Today

KwikRink Synthetic Ice are experts in the field. They service not only nationwide, but rinks across the world. 

Design an arena that is cool, unique, and serves the needs of your skaters. Contact KwikRink Synthetic Ice for a free estimate, and they can help you customize the perfect rink that you will be able to enjoy for years to come. 

 

children play hockey on frozen pond outside

With so many recent innovations in synthetic ice technology, it’s natural to wonder how it feels to skate on “plastic ice.” There are many advantages to equipping your home or business with synthetic ice. With leading-edge materials and manufacturing, the skating “feel” of plastic ice has come a long way.

Though plastic ice won’t match the natural ice feel perfectly, synthetic ice offers many advantages that you cannot find skating on a sheet of frozen water.

We’ve assembled several useful tips for seamless transitions between skating on plastic and natural ice. Find out the advantages of getting customized plastic ice tiles for your home or commercial application. In doing so, you can supplement your natural ice skating experience to your benefit.

KwikRink Synthetic Ice is the leader in customized home and commercial synthetic ice rinks. Visit our website today for a free rink quote so you can skate year-round, any time you want.

What Is Plastic Ice?

Synthetic ice is a sheet or sheets of polyethylene plastic. This plastic is cut or molded to standard or custom tile sizes, with a variety of edges for assembly. 

Some tiles (like the ones KwikRink Synthetic Ice offers) have a “puzzle piece” assembly system. This system taps interlocking tiles in place with no additional tools. Other ice tile models feature dovetail, tongue-and-groove, or flush edges to join the tiles.

Since the 1960’s synthetic ice tiles have increased in popularity, due to innovations in plastics technology, like self-lubricating panels. KwikRink Synthetic Ice tiles are all self-lubricating. 

By staying on top of the latest developments in synthetic ice technology, KwikRink provides the smoothest, fastest skating experience in a synthetic ice rink. These self-lubricating panels also lead to lower maintenance — there’s no need to periodically add topical lubricants to it.

Think of how hockey skates work on natural ice (gliding, turning, quick stops). You can see why such a feature as self-lubricating panels would be an easy choice for replicating a natural ice feel.

But How Does Plastic Ice Feel When I Skate on It?

In the highest quality plastic ice rinks, synthetic ice retains about 90% or more of natural ice glide. Of course, there are several criteria to keep in mind when shooting for the most authentic ice feel on your plastic rink:

  1. Quality materials matter. Buying the cheapest rink will NOT pay off in the long haul. The softer the tiles, the more shavings, and friction will build up in a short time. The best investment is to purchase the hardest, most resilient tiles you can afford and insist on a self-lubricating product.
  2. Sharpen your skate blades often. A sharp edge performs the best on synthetic ice, for gliding, stopping, and quick turns.
  3. Ensure a clean surface. Though KwikRink Synthetic Ice tiles boast low maintenance requirements, you’ll still want to keep them clean before and after each use. You will need a cloth push-broom to clear away dust and dirt (especially on outdoor rinks). Additionally, a gentle cleaner to wipe down sweat or spills after each skate helps ensure a superior natural skating feel on your plastic rink.

hockey players in a hockey game on plastic ice with hockey sticks

How Can Plastic Ice Help Me Improve My Hockey Training?

All synthetic ice gives at least a hint of more friction than natural ice. By using plastic ice, you’ll develop some distinct training improvements when you practice regularly on plastic ice. Check it out:

  • Increased speed from pushing off more explosively on synthetic ice.
  • Increased cardio-vascular stamina and muscle endurance from working at slightly higher loads versus natural ice.
  • Enhanced maneuvering precision, direction changes, and stopping. This enhanced performance results from practicing in smaller spaces on synthetic ice (like in the basement or garage.)
  • Synthetic rink versatility leads to more practice time, which results in improved skills. (If you don’t have to wait for winter or reserve arena space to practice, you can work on hockey skills, drills, and scrimmages at any time.)

Other Comparisons to Consider

Playing hockey on plastic ice may also be different because you can customize the size of your rink.

For example, you might set up a small rink at home to work on shooting accuracy or footwork. Or, you could assemble an outdoor rink on a flat surface smaller than regulation size. This size is excellent for some one-on-one pick up games, or a neighborhood set-up for off-ice practice. Ice tiles may even come in handy for exercise at the office.

When deciding the rink you need, think carefully about what you’ll use it for the most. Also, consider what type of space you have available, and how your plastic ice can serve you the best.

ice hockey player in action with hockey pucks and sticks

Plastic Ice: The Clear Advantage for Hockey Players

Synthetic ice offers near-identical ice feel when you purchase a high-quality, self-lubricating system. If you keep the tiles clean and keep your blades sharp each time you skate, you’ll hardly see a difference. 

Further, synthetic ice tiles assemble and tear down in a snap (literally!) They can store away easily piled next to a wall for convenience and to promote effective use of space. When well-maintained, your tiles can last up to 10 years of hockey-skating excellence.

Plastic ice is not weather-dependent and doesn’t require the freezing systems used on indoor natural ice. You can customize your rink size for any function, space, or programming requirements.

Hockey players in every corner of the world can benefit from skating on plastic ice. Especially if you live in warm regions or places without access to indoor arena ice. For localities building their hockey programs from the ground up, synthetic ice can be a massive helping hand in promoting the best sport around (in our humble opinion).

ice hockey puck and sticks on ice with a view of hockey players' legs

KwikRink Is the Leader in Customized Plastic Ice Systems

For superior materials, custom sizing, and exemplary customer service, connect with the professionals at KwikRink Synthetic Ice. Our experienced rink-builders can help you select the products, size, and accessories that check every box on your hockey list.

We provide tool-free interlocking tiles with superior glide and resilience. We also offer top-of-the-line accessories to make your hockey rink everything you need and want. 

Stop by our website today for a free quote, and get skating this month!

 

two happy adults with ice skates outdoors

A good training regime is an essential element of success on the ice, but modern life can make it tough to fit in. As recent events have taught us, getting to the rink for your ice training is sometimes easier said than done. In these circumstances, you need an alternative plan of action: welcome to ice training at home.

Ice training at home offers you freedom, flexibility, and versatility. You can train when you want, for how long you want, as often as you want. 

There are, of course, some costs and expenses which come with the advantages. Most experts, however, would agree that the pros far outweigh the cons.

Interested? Read on to discover how training at home can transform your regime, and how KwikRink Synthetic Ice can help your dreams come true.

person with a hockey goal ice training outdoors

Why Train At Home?

Ice training at home comes with several advantages, and these include the following:

 

Unlimited Training Time

Whether you are a figure skater, hockey player, or ice dancer, getting the hours in is the only way to improve your practice. Communal rinks are, by their very nature, restrictive when it comes to access. (Especially with social distancing recommendations in place in many places!)

Most rinks have strict opening and closing hours. Even if you can book extra time, you will still have a limit on how long you can practice. 

In addition, a public rink will often require you to train while others are using the ice at the same time. A crowded rink can seriously cut down the time you have to spend perfecting your technique because you’ll have to make sure to avoid other skaters.

An ice rink at home, however, frees you from these restrictions. You will be able to head out whenever you work best — be that early morning or in the middle of the night. 

As a bonus, you can also train for as long as you need to. There is no need to fit your life around your training program. Instead, you can hit the ice at any time that is convenient for you.

The time spent traveling to and from the ice rink should also not be underestimated. If you live 30 minutes from the rink and train five times a week, the hours add up quickly. A home rink offers you an extra five hours in your week — almost a whole working day!

The freedom can be invaluable for practicing and perfecting moves, working with teammates, or going over techniques with a coach. Most importantly, your own rink puts you in charge of your training schedule. You will be able to fit in a quick workout at any time that suits you, and this means that the sky’s the limit!

No Restrictions on Training

As well as allowing you more freedom with your time, your own ice space offers greater freedom with your moves. A crowded public rink can make it dangerous to practice certain acts, figures, and techniques.

You can also find yourself fighting for space alongside other skaters and  working at a reduced output as a result. The mental concentration of watching out for other skaters can also diminish your focus on your sport.

Having the ice to yourself allows you to train the way you need to in safety and comfort. Whether you are going over a technique time and again or practicing speed and direction, you have the space to stay safe. 

Regular, consistent practice is crucial to improving at your chosen sport, and your own space is a key aspect of this.

hockey player training on ice

Cut the Costs

It may seem counterintuitive, but having your own rink at home can save you cash in the long run. As an athlete and committed skater, the chances are high that you will be putting in plenty of hours on the rink. Even if you secure a deal or discount — as many regular users are able to — the costs will still add up.

This ongoing expense may, over time, limit your training options. If you are watching the pennies, you may choose to cut out a visit to the rink ahead of another essential purchase. Even if you can afford to hit the ice regularly, this is nevertheless an expense that can take its toll.

While the initial cost of putting in your own rink may seem steep, it is essential to consider the benefits in the long-term. Once installed, the rink is yours to use whenever, however, and for whatever you want — there is no need to pay each time. Regular visitors are likely to find that they recoup their initial investment quickly, and once achieved, you can train for free (maintenance is easy!).

Enjoy Improved Results

Most home rinks will be made from synthetic ice, and this can actually have a positive impact on your ice training. As a rule, synthetic ice creates up to 10% more friction with your skate blades, causing your body to work harder. Over time, this means that your muscles will be enjoying more of a workout every time you train on synthetic ice. In other words, a synthetic rink helps to build strength and stability.

As a result, a synthetic rink at home can also act as a perfect complement to other training. You can work out confident that you are actively building greater strength by working the same moves. Over time, the results will show up when you need them the most.

person ice skating on outdoor rink

What Should I Know About A Home Rink for Ice Training?

Installing your own home rink may sound complicated, but you can achieve it with no hassle. There are two primary choices: permanent fixtures, which stay in place, or rinks which can be taken down and stored when not in use. Your decision will depend on your available space, but there are plenty of options for all budgets.

As we have discussed, synthetic ice is the most popular choice for home rinks. Not only does this offer improved workout results, but it is also more convenient and easy to handle. With regular care, cleaning, and maintenance, a home rink can be an investment to last for years to come.

Come To KwikRink!

Here at KwikRink Synthetic Ice, we are dedicated to helping you achieve the best results on the ice. We have developed a sterling reputation for excellence in the industry, and we can help you pick out the perfect synthetic rink. Get in touch today, and start boosting your training for the better.

 

people playing on a curling rink

Curling is one of the oldest sports still played today. A winter staple in many countries, it is played on a curling rink and has four players per team. Curling may also be one of the only sports that uses a broom throughout the game.

Practicing and playing ice curling on natural ice is ideal, but it is not always an option or convenient.

A great option is a synthetic rink. It is easy to assemble, can fit in most flat surfaces, and is durable as well. Read on to find out how KwikRink Synthetic Ice can provide this for you.

In a Curling Rink: The Basics

According to The Winchester Curling Club, the traditional curling rink is 146 – 150 feet in length by 14.2 – 15.7 feet wide.

It consists of several sections marked under the ice with ribbon or paint. There are four players at each end.

To score, players must get their rock as close to the button or scoring area as possible. The center of this section is called the tee. It is where most points are scored.

As long as we are speaking on curling terms, it is good to point out that there are specific terms for everything in the sport of curling.

curling stones on a curling rink

  • Rock: The large stone with a handle that slides on the ice to score points. There are eight rocks per team, meaning that each player goes twice.
  • Hack: This is where the rock is slid and accompanied by players who sweep the ice to cut on friction. The sweeping gives a seamless path to the button for a score. 
  • Sheet: The actual playing surface of the rink.
  • House: The main features of the sheet. 
  • Hog Line: Where the rock is released. 
  • Button: Located in the middle of the rink and has three circles. Their diameters are four feet, eight feet, and twelve feet, respectively.
  • Tee: The middle of the button. 

Each side of the curling sheet has the areas listed above, one for each team. Each player also wears special shoes as part of their uniform that allows them to walk on the ice. They do not wear skates when on the ice.

The markings on a traditional curling rink are made with ribbon, vinyl, or paint placed under the ice.

Natural Ice

A curling rink is made out of ice, but how is such a big sheet of ice made? In most commercial and large arenas, water is piped into the area where the ice will go. Sensors are placed under the rink to alert to temperature and melting.

The sensors allow someone to fluctuate the temperature as needed, but it also requires monitoring. You would need someone to sit and monitor the rink temperature and fix it as needed.

Keeping up natural ice can also be labor-intensive. Zambonis, temperature monitoring — and it certainly is not mobile or malleable.

It does not have to be like that; there is an alternative.

Although natural ice is authentic to the sport and ambiance of curling, you can use an alternative. One that you can get anywhere and that can be used regardless of the weather.

curling lanes on synthetic ice tiles

Synthetic Ice Is Nice

KwikRink Synthetic Ice has produced an alternative to natural ice, and that is synthetic ice. Synthetic ice is convenient not only because it can go just about anywhere the client wants but also because it is easy to install. KwikRink has designed their synthetic ice to assemble like pieces of a puzzle.

KwikRink has made its synthetic ice to come in sheets called ice tiles. Their straightforward construction makes them ideal for storage or even moving the rink itself. Snap the tiles on or off, and before you know it, you can be curling on your rink.

Unlike ice, it also does not require temperature monitoring, which makes synthetic ice easier to use. You can play or train on it without wondering if it is melting or not, and let’s face it, peace of mind is priceless.

Synthetic ice can be used year-round regardless of the weather, which means that your curling season and training does not need to end. There is no off-season, and you can better yourself on your time and your terms.

Easy assembly means easy to take down and store when not used. Natural ice needs to be melted and cleaned up after. KwikRink’s tiles snap away from each other, quickly making clean up a breeze.

It also means that the rink can be added onto or made smaller. It can meet any needs you have; whether that is curling, playing hockey, skating, synthetic ice can handle all of it.

curling stones on indoor curling rink

 

Taking Care of Your Synthetic Rink

Maintaining the synthetic ice is just as easy as putting it together, making it ideal to use. You can even clean it with a broom and mop. No special cleaners or tools needed. The only cleaning supplies you need are a mop, broom, and mild detergent.

You cannot get much easier than that. Ease means having fun while you use your ice tiles. 

Why KwikRink Synthetic Ice?

KwikRink Synthetic Ice has been producing and improving this product since the mid-1990s. That’s almost 30 years of expertise used to construct rinks around the United States. They have proven their dedication and eye for quality.

They ship nationally, but they will also work with you to construct your ideal curling rink. They also work with budgets to give you the most bang for your buck.

When you receive your ice tiles, they will include everything you need to maintain your synthetic ice—no need to buy extra accessories or unique, expensive products.

The KwikRink is versatile as well. Perfect for curling at home and well-suited to commercial use, or you can even rent one if you only need it for a little while. It is a great year-round alternative to actual ice. One made by people who care and understand ice and winter sports.

Call KwikRink Synthetic Ice today to have your very own custom curling rink — no Zamboni required.

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So it’s time: Time to buy new ice skates! Whether it’s a new pair because you wore out your old pair or this is your first pair ever, buying your own ice skates requires you to consider some things before taking the plunge.

Keep reading for a list of questions you’ll want to ask yourself before buying new ice skates. Just like with any sporting good, you’ll want to think about how you’ll be using the skates.

Did you know whether you turn to the ice for slamming pucks or practicing your double axel, a personal ice rink from KwikRink Synthetic Ice can fulfill all your needs? It’s the perfect place to break in your new ice skates! 

What will your ice skates’ primary use be?

One of the most important things to consider before buying your own ice skates is their purpose.

What do you plan to do in the ice skates? 

Are you a hockey player or a figure skater? Maybe you’re a speed skater?

No matter what your favorite ice-based activity is, you’ll want to purchase a pair of skates that work best for your needs.

Now, let’s look at some of the differences between these different kinds of ice skates.

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Figure Skates

Think about how a figure skater moves on the ice: jumping, gliding, spinning, stretching, turning. A figure skater needs a pair of skates that allow for a wide range of motion.

For this reason, figure skates need to be very flexible. Yet they also need to hug the foot and ankle snugly. 

They are often made of leather because it allows movement and a tight fit. However, some figure skates for beginners might be made out of vinyl or other materials.

It’s also essential for figure skate blades to be very sharp. Figure skaters need to make quick turns. Accuracy is crucial in figure skating, where tenths of a point may determine competition winners.

Ice skates designed for figure skating feature toe picks at the front. These toe picks (or small teeth) allow the skater to jump and spin with more control.

For example, toe picks are used to stop a spin, and as a take-off or landing point for jumps. However, for beginners, they can be easy to trip over.

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Ice Hockey Skates

Hockey players have different priorities from figure skaters — and they have the different ice skates to match.

Ice hockey skates usually fit slightly more loosely on the foot than figure skates do. They are often more streamlined — lighter, narrower, and flatter — so they don’t interfere with the gameplay.

Ice hockey skates don’t have a toe pick like figure skates, and their blades are narrower, too. However, they give the foot a little more support because their blades are rounded at the back and front of the foot.

This curved blade on ice hockey skates helps the skater increase speed, agility, and maneuverability whether the skater is moving backward or forward. 

new speed skates

Speed Skates

It’s no surprise that speed skates prioritize speed! Moving across the ice as quickly as possible is the primary goal, so of course, you need a pair of skates that provide little resistance and helps propel you forward.

And that’s precisely how speed skates are designed. They feature long, thin blades that extend beyond the boot of each skate.

In fact, on some speed skates, the blade only attaches to a hinge mechanism at the boot’s front! This detachment keeps the blade from digging down into the ice and creating friction (the enemy of speed).

Needless to say, speed skates aren’t for beginners! You should only buy speed skates if you know you specifically want to race on the ice.

7 Tips for Buying Your Own Ice Skates

Okay, so now that you know a little more about the different kinds of ice skates, here are seven tips for buying your own pair.

  1. Consider the skates’ primary use (ice hockey, figure skating, speed skating, recreational, etc.). This detail is the most important because it narrows down what type of ice skate you need to purchase.
  2. Consider your skill and experience level. Some ice skates are better-suited to advanced skaters, while others work best for beginners. As your skill level progresses, you can try different skates. 
  3. Consider how often you’ll use the skates. If you simply need a pair of skates to wear on the rink a few times a year for fun, you probably don’t need to invest a lot of money. On the other hand, if you’re a figure skater competing at the national level and skating hours every day, you won’t mind investing a little more.
  4. Think about your foot size. Is your foot finished growing? If not (or if you’re buying skates for a child who’s still growing like a weed!), it might be best to stick to inexpensive options for now. Once your foot is at its forever-size, you can invest in a better pair if you want.
  5. Do some research on different brands. If you’re going to invest hundreds of dollars, it’s worth researching the best pair for you and your circumstances. Read reviews. Ask coaches or other athletes in your sport. Remember that some dealers earn a commission from specific brands, so you might not be able to trust the salesperson’s recommendation.
  6. Go for the Goldilocks fit. The skates should fit snugly, but you don’t want them to be too tight or too loose. They really do need to fit “just right.” Your ankles should feel supported, but they need a little flexibility, also. 
  7. Rent till you’re ready to buy. If you’re new to skating or not prepared to inject your new hobby with a cash infusion yet, simply keep renting. Until you get to more advanced levels, rental skates won’t hinder your general progress.

Got your new skates and ready to take them for a spin on the ice? KwikRink Synthetic Ice can help you create the perfect synthetic ice rink you can use year-round. Whether you need a regulation-size hockey rink or just enough ice to enjoy skating with your family, we’ll work together to create a customized plan for your personal synthetic ice rink.

 

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Are you sick and tired of being stuck inside? Does this period of self-quarantining and social isolation have you feeling down? We have a solution for you; it’s time for your very own backyard ice rink!

We know what you are thinking;

How can I have an ice rink in my backyard? Isn’t that expensive? And what about the maintenance?

Fear not, the professional and competent staff of Kwik Rinks has got you covered. We serve a nationwide customer base, and we are experts in all things synthetic ice. 

Times are especially tough right now. COVID-19 has completely taken over our lives and left us stranded in our own homes. With our help, though, you can turn your backyard into a near-winter-wonderland. 

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A backyard ice rink for your little skater

Do you have a budding pro-skater or hockey player at your house? What about a family that could use a new and exciting way to get in a little exercise? One of our synthetic backyard ice rink kits could be just the thing to turn those frowns on your little ones’ faces upside down.

Training at home on a synthetic ice rink can become a valuable part of your little skater’s regime. Especially now, when going to the gym is impossible. Your skater needs all the ice time he or she can get to maintain a competitive edge. 

Fortunately, a bigger rink is not always better. You won’t have to devote all of your outdoor space to a synthetic rink. With a smaller space, your skater can repeat a drill and correct his or her mistake while limiting the amount of time wasted getting, from point A to point B. 

What is the ideal location for a backyard ice rink?

There is no right or wrong answer to that question. 

Some of the places for your future rink include:

  • Garage- If you would prefer an indoor rink to an outdoor one, consider transforming your garage into a skating arena. 
  • Basement- Another ideal location for an indoor rink would be your basement if you have one. Chances are, you’re already using it as a rec or game room, why not use that space as a winter game room. 
  • Deck- Synthetic rinks always work best on hard, flat surfaces. If you have room on your deck, consider placing your backyard ice rink here. 
  • Driveway- If you have the ability to park somewhere other than your driveway, consider using this valuable space for a synthetic ice rink. Plus, if you have a garage, you can move your rink in and out to make it either an indoor or outdoor rink depending on the weather or your preference. Like decks, you’ll want a hard, flat surface, something like a plywood base under the rink.
  • Backyard- And, of course, you can always turn a portion of your backyard into the perfect practice rink for your little Nancy Kerrigan or Wayne Gretzsky. 

As an added bonus, any skater who trains on synthetic ice will have a leg up on the competition. Synthetic ice provides additional resistance, which will make your skater that much stronger. Give your kid every chance possible to succeed. 

Junior Hockey Player Handling Puck on Ice

Backyard ice rinks are not just for the pros

Skating provides many health benefits. It’s not just for those who participate in amateur or professional sports. And with your synthetic rink, you can stay fit year-round. 

The main benefits of a skating regime are improved stability, strength, and control. You will notice that these traits carry over into other sports and activities in which you undertake. 

Here are just of few of the benefits you and your family will experience with your synthetic backyard ice rink:

Better Balance

Ice skating is an excellent way to improve your balance. Sliding across and incredibly slick surface on two thin sheets of metal will help anyone become surer on their feet. 

Better Joint Flexibility

We all know the pain of stiff and achy joints. Ice skating is an ideal way to loosen your joints. The emphasis on quick foot and joint movements provides your legs with an excellent workout. 

You will notice an increase in your flexibility and leg strength in no time. Plus, skating is a lower impact workout than running. 

When you ice skate, you work almost every major muscle group in your body, especially your joints. 

Joyful parents ice skating with child

Build Up Your Leg Muscles

Flexibility is good, but muscle strength is vital when it comes to improved quality of life. Your chance of injury decreases when you build up your muscle mass. 

Cardio 

When it comes to heart health, cardio is critical. Aerobic exercise is essential to a healthy lifestyle, and what better way to get your heart rate up than a couple of laps around your backyard ice rink? Skating is also a great way to build your endurance.

Stress Relief

When you engage in regular and frequent physical activity, like ice skating, you can battle the effects of stress. You will have fun and lower your stress levels at the same time. 

Mental Fitness

It is essential to work out your mind, as well as your body. With your new backyard synthetic ice rink, you will combat anxiety while you improve your physical fitness. Spend time with your friends and family, bonding in the fresh air. 

Work on Leadership and Character Traits

Through athletics and team sports, you can improve your-

  • Integrity
  • Honesty
  • Confidence
  • Commitment
  • Passion
  • Communication
  • Decision-making Capabilities
  • Accountability
  • Delegation
  • Respectfulness
  • Responsibility
  • Humility
  • Compassion

childs feet in ice skates

As a parent, you should encourage your children to participate in all kinds of physical activities. They will learn and hone these valuable life skills, plus many more. 

If you are ready to spice up your quarantine, contact Kwik Rinks today. Turn your backyard into a destination with one of our synthetic backyard ice rinks. We are your best bet for synthetic ice. 

KwikRink Synthetic Ice practice goal

Hockey has steadily been gaining popularity among people of all ages in the last several years. This increase in demand has led to many opportunities for new hockey businesses.

KwikRink Synthetic Ice rinks do not require a lot of space, maintenance, money, or time. Synthetic ice is not affected by weather or temperature, and best of all, no Zamboni needed!

If you are passionate about hockey and wish there was a way you could build that passion into a business, check out the ideas below. Then contact KwikRink Synthetic Ice to get started on your custom rink today.

Starting a new business

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Take it to the students

Schools are always looking for ways to expand their physical education curriculum while staying within their budget. You could offer to set up and rent rinks to schools throughout your area.

Students would have an opportunity to try something possibly new to them right within their own walls. Avoid the logistic nightmare coordinating a field trip to a local ice rink, no lost time from other classes, and an excellent way to get some exercise.

Gym floors are an ideal place to set up a synthetic rink because they are large and flat. KwikRink hockey tiles piece together like a jigsaw puzzle so you can easily set the rink and then take it away when the program is finished.

Most Parent Teacher Organizations (PTOs) have money in their budget for special activities like this. When you reach out to the school, you could reach out to the PTO at the same time.

Before and after-school programs are also always looking for ways to keep students engaged. Physical education, before and after-school programs, or special events by PTOs, could all tap into one rink for a high utilization rate across multiple expense streams — always a good selling point.

Off-Season Camps

Nothing worse than having your outdoor hockey season cut short by an unusually warm winter. Or maybe there’s a business opportunity there — one that uses synthetic ice that is not affected by temperature extremes and doesn’t require a massive indoor refrigeration system.

KwikRink Synthetic Ice can be used any time of year, not just during hockey season. A true hockey enthusiast never wants to stop skating and is always looking for ways to improve.

Week-long, half-day, and full-day camps are getting so popular in the summer that most have waiting lists by March. Open a hockey training camp, indoor or out with synthetic ice hockey tiles. There are plenty of opportunities to make a place in this market.

Recreational leagues

Men, women, boys, and girls all enjoy hockey. This diverse customer base allows you to set up a wide variety of leagues.

First, figure out a location – all you need is a flat surface. Your KwikRink can be custom designed to the space you have available. Think empty retail or warehouse space.

If you don’t want to invest in something quite so permanent, check to see if you could partner with a local park or community center to set up your rink and host recreational leagues for a month or more.

Registration fees are the main income source for this type of program. Keep reading to find out some other ways you could generate income from a hockey-based business.

Expanding your existing business

Do you already have a hockey rink and want to expand it? The ideas below may get you thinking “outside the rink.”

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Skate rental

Second-hand sports stores, thrift stores, and neighborhood groups are a great resource to find used ice skates. You can build a collection of them and rent them to patrons of your rink. These rentals would give more people the ability to use the rink because not everyone has skates.

Skate Sharpening

Having skate sharpening available at your rink allows your customers to use your service rather than have to go to a specialty shop to get it done. On-site sharpening is a benefit to you and the customer as it keeps the business in house.

Snack stand

Being on the ice works up an appetite. Watching your kids skate for hours does as well. Setting up a snack bar would be a way to keep your customers fed while you make some extra money.

Hockey Accessories

Tape frays, skate guards get lost, and mouth guards seemingly get eaten by something. These can put the game into a deep freeze for some players. If you have a place at your rink where they could get these accessories and others, the game can continue.

Black and white photo of kid's hockey gear: helmet, stick, gloves, skates

Used Equipment Consignment

People outgrow or upgrade equipment regularly, and not everyone can buy new. Setting up a consignment corner is a great way to keep the game going. The seller makes a profit, you make a commission, and the buyer gets a deal. The best part about this is that you need minimal space to make this work.

Open Skate Time

Take advantage of your rink and the people in your area who want to skate for fun by offering open skate times. For an admission price, people could skate for a few hours without hockey going on.

Small Practice Space

Becoming a better hockey player doesn’t happen only during the games. There are plenty of small space drills that can be done and don’t require a full sheet of ice. Add small practice areas to your business with synthetic ice.

KwikRink can customize hockey tiles to any space. This space could be rented out for an additional fee or offered as a way to make your business stand out from the others.

You could use these small areas as a place for you to give demonstrations, or for your customers to try out some of those great hockey accessories you might have for sale.

Build on your passion

Whether you have a permanent place to set up your rink or have made it mobile, synthetic ice gives you a cost-effective way to build a business around your passion.

Use KwikRink Synthetic Ice indoors and outdoors, no matter what time of year, with minimal maintenance. Check out our gallery for some great ideas of how and where you can put a synthetic ice rink to good use for your business.

Long exposure image of colorful people walking around a shopping mall

Getting people to come to you is a challenge when just about every shopping and retail activity can be done online. But nothing can beat the atmosphere of a thriving, people-centric shopping mall, where visitors can shop, relax, converse, eat and drink, and enjoy leisure activities. Why not check out the synthetic ice rink rent options from KwikRink, and provide your customers with an experience they can’t get from behind a keyboard.

Malls in decline across the United States

If you are concerned that it’s just your local mall or shopping center where through traffic is slow, don’t worry – yours is not unique. Across the US, thousands of retailers closed their doors in 2019, and malls are looking for other ways to enhance through traffic. Discounts and special deals can only go so far, though, and so mall owners are looking at innovative means to bring customers away from their keyboards and inside the brick-and-mortar stores.

Why do people visit malls?

  1. The beauty of shopping malls has always been the ability to bring a range of venues together under one roof. If you wanted to buy equipment for a camping trip, for example, you could visit this store for tents, the one next door to it for camping clothing, and the one just a few shops away for camping snacks. And even though the competition is always a factor, that wouldn’t necessarily stop the salespeople in one store recommending that you check out another in the mall for equipment that you might need and that this store didn’t carry.
  2. Never underestimate the social experience of visiting the mall. Malls offer more than just multiple shopping venues in a small, contained area. Most also offer the likes of food halls, coffee shops, and leisure activities like movie complexes, meaning that you always had something to do once you had finished your shopping.
  3. The atmosphere in a mall is another popular selling feature. Think about the last time you visited the mall during a holiday season. Chances are you heard festive music playing and could smell the aroma of delicious holiday-type snacks – sensory experiences that no keyboard shopping experience could match.

What is keeping customers from physically visiting these stores?

The ease of online shopping, and the sheer availability of just about any product, from anywhere, is both a blessing and a curse to the American consumer. It takes only a few minutes to think about a product need, research where to buy it, how much, who is offering it at the best price, and most crucially, whether it can be delivered. With this type of near-instantaneous ability to satisfy almost any consumer’s need or desire, it’s little wonder that stores are struggling to compete.

Does this mean the end for retailers who don’t have an online store?

It doesn’t have to be. Your customers are still there, but to get them to leave their keyboards and visit you in person, you need to have a hook. And that’s why you have to offer them something that an online store can’t.

What can retailers do about the declining numbers?

A visit to the mall needs to be more than just a shopping experience because, as we know, most goods can be purchased online. So if you want to attract customers to a physical store, the best way to do so is to enhance the services the mall offers. Once customers are physically at the mall, they can shop all they want.

So what kind of services?

We are a nation of people who value leisure activities, but no one said that we could only do these in or around the home. We go to movies, we visit gyms, and we play sports. And we love any sort of sporting or leisure activity that we can do all year round, and at practically any age.

What activities are thriving in the US

When it comes to sports, we are a nation of people who enjoy both watching and participating in sports. While nothing can knock American football or baseball off the top of the popular list, coming in the top five is ice hockey, a game in which we excel. And thanks to the development of synthetic ice-skating rinks, we no longer have to wait until the right time of the year to get in practice.

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Is ice skating really that popular?

It doesn’t matter if you want to skate for fun, for fitness, to play for the national league, or to qualify for the Winter Olympics. Ice skating is one of the most popular sporting activities in the United States, with an estimated 10 million people enjoying a regular glide. Skating is a hobby the entire family can enjoy, all year round as long as there is a suitable rink nearby.

So why bring rinks into shopping malls or town centers? We want people to shop, not skate!

Yes, the idea of retail outlets is to sell products. But if your retail outlets are not seeing regular traffic, then your sales will plummet, as has been shown by the failure of so many stores across the States in the past few years, and the general decline in malls. Ice skating is an experience that few people can find in their homes and one which offers benefits ranging from fitness, to watching others showing off their skills, to team building, and for pure entertainment.

Sounds like an expensive option

A synthetic ice-skating rink is easy to install, low on maintenance cost, and can be tailored to your specific needs. It doesn’t matter if you want to create a temporary rink for a special occasion or have it as a permanent feature. Our products are safety-tested, and we are continually looking for ways to improve your customers’ skating experience.

We don’t have space

Sure you do. Rinks don’t have to be enormous to attract customers. Turn a misfortune around by utilizing space where shops have had to close and build your rink there.

Put an end to the decline

Investing in your customers’ health and happiness is an investment in your business future. So get in touch with KwikRink to find out how you can turn that unused space into a valued addition to your shopping mall.

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