Largest Glice® Artificial Ice Rink in North America at Ark Encounter in the US

With a staggering 800 square meters, the Ark Encounter theme park in Kentucky boasts the biggest Glice® synthetic ice rink in North America! Popular with all generations, the artificial ice rink by Glice® is open all year round and sits right in front of the enormous wooden ark.

Glice® artificial ice rinks are the trusted choice of entertainment parks, zoos and other leisure venues – discover our product range:

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Glice® Artificial Ice Rink Seen on Tweet by NHL Chief Marketing Officer Heidi Browning

During the CES 2019 in Las Vegas, Sense Arena showcased its virtual reality glasses for ice hockey training on an artificial ice rink by Glice®. The reception was so great that even NHL Chief Marketing Officer Heidi Browning picked up the topic in one of her tweets!

Glice® synthetic ice rinks were designed from athletes for athletes and are the number one choice for professional hockey players and top clubs – discover our product range:

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French Hockey Club Visiting Glice® Synthetic Ice Rink on Seine River in Paris

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This year Parisian boat operator Bateaux Mouches is taking entertainment to a whole new level, surprising visitors with a Glice® artificial ice rink on top of a boat floating on the Seine! And if that wasn’t enough, the Eiffel Tower is making for a spectacular backdrop. The Club de Hockey Amateur de Rouen stopped by recently and visibly enjoyed the venue with a view!

Glice® synthetic ice rinks are highly customizable and can be tailored precisely to your venue – contact us for more information and offers:

Zero water, zero energy – ecological Glice® synthetic ice rinks allow for installations worldwide and year-round:

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Gliding on Glice® Like on Ice: Testing an Artificial Ice Rink in Sarajevo

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The industry-wide unparalleled glide effect of Glice® synthetic ice makes it the serious alternative to real ice. Check out this video of a Glice® artificial ice rink at Sarajevo’s central Liberation Square to see for yourself what it’s like to glide on Glice®! No wonder the operator reported a stunning 120 visitors per hour!

Glice® synthetic ice rinks are Swiss premium quality based on a waterless zero-energy technology – discover the future ice here:

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American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Publishes Article on Glice® Synthetic Ice Rinks

Established in 1880 and counting more than 130,000 members, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is one of the world’s most important institutions in the field of engineering.  It is therefore a great honor for Glice® to be featured in an article about the improvements of synthetic ice.

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Synthetic Ice Gets Closer to the Real Thing

Hockey players, figure skaters, and terrified beginners hugging the wall as they go round-and-round know the troubles that come with skating on ice. For one thing, it’s cold. If you want to do it outdoors, you’re restricted to very cold weather. For skating rink operators, there’s the issue of energy costs. Keeping water in its solid state amounts to the largest bill for rink owners, and while a Zamboni at work is a pleasure to behold, ice doesn’t stay slick without it.

All these downsides evaporate when ice is replaced with plastic.

The first plastic synthetic rinks, which hit the skate scene in the 1970s, were somewhat better than skating on concrete. But they had to be coated with lubricants to be slippery and gave off a lot of shavings as skate blades cut across them.

Now, using more advanced materials and techniques, companies like Glice are making synthetic ice that is more like the real stuff than ever before.

Glice co-founder Toni Vera, a hockey player and engineer, skated on an early version of synthetic ice in Canada, years ago. “He came back from that trip and he couldn’t get it off his mind,” said Viktor Meier, the company’s CEO and co-founder.

In fact, it stayed on his mind for eight years. During that time, Vera experimented with self-lubricating polymers, to find the right ingredients to best approximate real ice. On traditional rinks, skates melt the ice as they slide over it, essentially creating a thin track of water. With Glice, skates release lubricants in the polymer instead. The exact formula remains proprietary, but the polymers that make up Glice, which fall between high and ultra-high density, are made with silicone and other additives.

To best reproduce the experience of skating on the real thing, Glice engineers had to do more than just aim for ice’s coefficient of friction. Instead, they repeatedly had skaters test out different versions.

“In the end, the sensation is always subjective,” Meier said. “There are different complex factors that work together; maybe if you get one number going up, another goes down. You can only get it by feeling it.”

Vera and Meier also abandoned the injection molding used by other plastic ice producers and switched to pressing. A long press time with high heat creates a higher density, which reduces shavings. It also means that, aside from micro-scratches, the surface stays smooth for the duration of its 13 to 15 years’ of life. “After that you can flip it over and have a brand new rink,” said Meier.

Professional hockey players and figure skaters attest to Glice’s closeness to the real thing.

“I made it my goal to personally skate on every product I could and find the differences in each product,” said Dan Fritsche, once a player for the Columbus Blue Jackets, the New York Rangers, and the Minnesota Wild, who is now Glice’s national director for the U.S. “I found myself having more glide, easier and sharper turns, and an all-around better experience than any other product, hands down.”

Real ice may arguably remain king, but only when it’s at its freshest state, especially right after a Zamboni passes over it.

“In the first ten minutes, that fresh surface is better,” Meier said. “After fifteen minutes real ice is scratched, but Glice stays the same.”

But the company is still in competition with real ice, and they hope to eventually match the performance of ice at its cleanest and freshest. They are also working on making their product self-healing and dirt ejecting.

In the six years of its existence, Glice has delivered “ice” to more than 80 countries. Now outdoor skating is available in balmy climates like Israel, Peru, Iran, and Dubai, among many others.

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500 Skaters per Day on Average – Glice® Artificial Ice Rink in Bar, Montenegro

The coastal town of Bar in southern Montenegro is famous for its beaches, but fortunately with ecological Glice® synthetic ice rinks skating and swimming aren’t mutually exclusive anymore! The artificial ice rink on the town’s main square is already so popular that it welcomes 500 visitors per day on average!

Zero water and energy consumption make Glice® plastic ice rinks the perfect choice for warmer climates and year-long skating seasons! Discover the sustainable ice here:

From Switzerland to the world – we want to democratize ice skating all around the globe! Learn more:

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Disney’s Frozen Characters Perform Figure Skating Show on Glice® Synthetic Ice Rink in Teltow, Germany

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To mesmerize the people of Teltow, a small town near Berlin, the characters of Disney’s animated movie Frozen recently skated on a Glice® synthetic ice rink – watch the video to see their performance!

Glice® artificial ice rinks are perfect for professional figure skating performances! Discover our product range to enchant people at your venue:

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Artificial Ice Rink Installation at Emmen Center in Glice® Hometown Lucerne

From Lucerne to the world and back – with so many installations all around the globe, we’re proud that one of the latest Glice® synthetic ice rinks can be found right in our Swiss home town! The interestingly shaped 20x4m plastic ice rink means skating fun for visitors of the Emmen Center shopping mall!

This is how we help you to implement your Glice® artificial ice rink project successfully:

Glice® synthetic ice rinks can be tailored precisely to your venue – get in touch with our experienced team now to start planning:

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A Touch of Winter – Glice® Synthetic Ice Rink at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore

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Bringing a touch of winter even to tropical climates, Glice® synthetic ice rinks allow for ecological ice skating worldwide – like here in Singapore, where people can skate in T-shirts right in front of the famous Marina Bay Sands hotel!

With zero water and energy consumption Glice® artificial ice rinks offer sustainable ice skating worldwide and year-round! Discover the green ice here:

We accompany you from the initial planning of your artificial ice rink to the final implementation and training! Learn more:

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Prestigious Location: Setting Up a Glice® Artificial Ice Rink at Big Buddha in Hong Kong

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Thanks to our tongue and groove system, Glice® synthetic ice rinks are quickly set up and dismantled, which makes them perfect for rentals too! The video shows a recent installation at the famous Big Buddha (Tian Tan), one of Hong Kong’s most important attractions.

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