Glice® Artificial Ice Featured on Fox Sports Network

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The Changing Face of Hockey aired last week throughout the end of the hockey season all across the US to portray the challenges hockey faces in a changing climate. Glice® artificial ice was featured as a training alternative for hockey players to increase their ice time in warmer regions and weather conditions.

Discover how Glice® artificial ice shapes the future of hockey with a unique technology:

NHL athletes trust Glice® artificial ice – here is why:

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Glice Artificial Ice Rink in Sioux Falls, US as seen on KELOLAND News

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“The Glice® rink is actually made of a material which looks like ice, it feels like ice, but it’s not ice. It’s 100 percent ecological. It doesn’t need electricity and it’s a lot of fun,” said Glice co-founder Viktor Meier while visiting a recent installation in Sioux Falls. Watch the KELOLAND News clip to see more!

Glice® synthetic ice rinks leverage the sublime glide effect of a sophisticated molecular technology:

Zero water, zero energy –Glice® plastic ice rinks allow for sustainable and cost-effective ice skating and hockey! Get in touch for more information and quotes:

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Documentary about Glice® Artificial Ice Rinks and Founders on Swiss TV

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From elite hockey in Switzerland to ice skating in tropical destinations like Singapore – Glice® artificial ice rinks revolutionize ice sports worldwide! Learn more about the unusual company history, the organizational culture and the founder duo in this documentary by the Swiss channel SRF.

Glice® wants to democratize ice sport around the world with ecological synthetic ice rinks – see how:

Plastic ice rinks by Glice® consume neither water nor energy – discover the green 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.

To find out more about the quantum leap in technology Glice® stands for, have a look here:

This is the full article as published on

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.

Discover how Glice® is shaping the future of ice sports around the world:

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Glice Factsheet

  • Founded:
  • Headquarters:
    Lucerne, Switzerland / Boulder, Colorado, US
  • Mission:
    Sustainable ice sports worldwide
  • Company history:
    CEO Viktor Meier saw a BBC documentary about Toni Vera, who was developing an ecological ice. Together they founded Glice.
  • Founder Duo:
    Viktor Meier
  • Studies of diplomacy / Toni Vera:
    Engineer and former hockey player
  • Number of rinks worldwide:
  • Number of countries:
  • Number of licensing partners:
  • Advantages of ecological ice:
    Zero water, zero energy = sustainable, independent of climate, cost-effective
  • Technology:
    By means of friction the blades cut open molecules, which release a lubricant – the glide effect is only 2 % slower than conventional ice
  • Installation duration:
    2h for 200m2
  • Key Markets:
    Typical winter sport countries such as the US, Germany, Switzerland
  • Exotic Destinations:
    Tropical nations like Maldives, Singapore, Tanzania, UAE
  • Venues / Clients (B2B & B2C):
    Municipalities, Christmas markets, hotels, ice hockey clubs, malls, zoos, amusement parks, educational institutions, cruise ships, restaurants, theater, TV shows, airports, private customers, events
  • Famous Customers Include:
    Coca Cola, Red Bull, Four Seasons, Jumeirah, Kempinski, The Venetian, Hard Rock Cafe, Decathlon, Barneys New York
  • Professional References Include:
    Roman Josi (Captain Nashville Predators, NHL), Cliff Ronning (NHL veteran), Tanja Shevchenko (German ice skating icon), Surya Bonaly (Olympia ice skating legend)
  • Special Projects & Records:
    Biggest ecological ice rink in the world in Baku, Azerbaijan; Olympia 2016 Brazil & Olympia 2018 South Korea
  • Products / Applications:
    Ice hockey, ice skating, leisure, Eisstock (curling), home pads
  • Financing Options:
    Purchase, rental
  • Organizational Culture:
    Employees spread out across the globe, emphasis on home office, cloud-based real time exchange of information

Glice® Synthetic Eisstock Track at Luxurious Hotel Louis C. Jacob in Hamburg Visited by German TV Crew

Since last week the 5 star hotel Louis C. Jacob in Hamburg surprises its guests with a novel entertainment twist – a synthetic Eisstock track by Glice® including views onto the Elbe river. The TV crew from NDR Hamburg Journal visited while the newly installed Eisstock track was inaugurated by the hotel’s staff.

Find more photos here:

Surprise visitors at your venue with a synthetic Eisstock track by Glice® – order now for in time delivery before Christmas:

Glice® artificial Eisstock tracks are set up, dismantled and stored in no time for year-round fun regardless of climate conditions:

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Summery Christmas Skating on Glice® Synthetic Ice Rink in Cape Town

While winter is upon us in the Northern Hemisphere, summer is just arriving to South Africa. Yet, thanks to synthetic ice rinks by Glice®, a Christmas season with plenty of skating fun will be a thing there just as much as here! Stop by our latest South African rink at Cape Gate Shopping Center in Cape Town to see for yourself!

For more info have a look here:

Updates to follow!

You want to surprise visitors at your venue with a new spin on traditional winter fun? Order your synthetic Christmas rink by Glice® now and receive it in time for the season:

Glice® waterless plastic ice rinks are operated at a zero energy level for year-round sustainable ice sports anywhere and in any climate:

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Glice® Artificial Ice Rink at Brookfield Zoo in Chicago Covered by

The Brookfield Zoo in Chicago has just installed an artificial ice rink by Glice® to offer visitors an ecological ice skating experience that goes well with its preservation mission. Brookfield Zoo is the third zoo in the US to feature a Glice® rink, the other two being Columbus Zoo in Ohio and Detroit Zoo. Find the full article below as seen on To learn more about the sustainable Glice® technology, have a look here:

Here is the full story, published on

New, Temporary Skating Rink Unveiled At Brookfield Zoo
The rink is made of a synthetic plastic known as Glice®– a material composed of heat-pressed layers of polymers.

BROOKFIELD, IL – Guests venturing out to Brookfield Zoo this winter can now lace up their ice skates. The Chicago Wolves and the Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo, are teaming up to unveil a new temporary addition to the zoo – a skating rink.

The zoo said the 40-foot x 80-foot rink is located on the zoo’s East Mall and will be open daily from noon to 4:30 p.m. for zoogoers starting Saturday, Nov. 3, and closing for the season Jan. 27, 2019. Throughout the zoo’s Holiday Magic festival, the rink will have extended hours from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the Chicago Wolves to bring this exciting, new attraction to our guests,” CZS Chief Operating Officer Rich Gamble said in a release. “The skating rink will be a great addition to the variety of winter activities taking place at Brookfield Zoo this holiday season, including the annual Tree Trim event and Holiday Magic festival, and the inaugural Reindeer Run and Lights & Lagers.”

The zoo said the rink is made of a synthetic plastic known as Glice®– a material composed of heat-pressed layers of polymers – so no water or electricity is required for operation. Brookfield Zoo joins Detroit Zoo and Columbus Zoo as the only zoos in the country to install a Glice® rink.

“It’s an honor to team up with Brookfield Zoo to give people the chance to enjoy something new for the holidays,” Wolves President Mike Gordon said in a release. “We hope the opening of the Chicago Wolves Skating Rink marks the start of another must-do tradition for families throughout the Chicago area.”

The cost for unlimited time for all skaters on the rink is $7. A limited number of skates are available to rent for a $5 fee. Skaters are welcome to bring their own skates.

Glice® artificial ice rinks don’t consume any water or energy – learn about the sustainable Glice® mission here:

How about an artificial Glice® rink at your venue? Check out our leisure solutions:

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Glice® Synthetic Ice Rink in Australia’s Capital Covered by Canberra Times

Ice skating down under sounds a tad counterintuitive – but with Glice® synthetic ice rinks it’s now very feasible! Read below what the Canberra Times says about the capital’s futuristic Glice® rink! To find out how Glice® is shaping a sustainable future of ice sports around the globe, visit

Here is the full story, published in the Canberra Times, one of Australia’s most important newspapers:

The pros and cons of Canberra’s iceless ice rink

The future is here – and it’s not all drones, Big Brother style CCTV coverage and tiny microwaveable meals.

It’s called ‘ice skating without the ice’.

As someone who feels the cold deeply, I was beside myself when I found out there is now a synthetic ice rink in Canberra (okay it opened in February, but I was busy having my portrait painted and finding Canberra’s best potato scallop).

However, there are pros and cons to visiting iSkate Park – located at Fyshwick’s Powerkart Raceway. I’ve done the research for you.


It looks and feels exactly like ice

The synthetic surface – which was shipped to Canberra all the way from Swiss company Glice – is actually self-lubricating plastic. ‘No water or electricity required to run your rink,’ the Glice website says.

But it’s so close to ice it’s scary. Like it even has that dirty area where people enter and exit the rink.

At approximately 300sqm, iSkate Park is less than a quarter of the size of a traditional ice rink, so for those kids whose version of ice skating looks like laps clinging to the barriers surrounding the ice, it just means gliding past mum and dad more often.

The boots don’t smell like dirty old feet (or have shoelaces that snap off)

Viewing the rack upon rack of brand new, identical, grey Glice boots is just so satisfying. The boots don’t smell and they have no laces. So kids can put them on by themselves.

 An 80s soundtrack to die for

Arriving at iSkate Park is like stepping back to the 1980s roller – or ice – rink of your dreams. (For me it was the Blue Light Roller Disco at the Queanbeyan YMCA.) Think neon, a giant disco ball, dimmed lighting and a soundtrack starring Toto, Madonna and Queen.

iSkate Park is basically the kids’ version of my favourite 80s bar, 88mph. BIG TICK.

No need to rug up

I was there at night and it was cool but definitely not ‘I can see my own breath’ cold. The kids wore T-shirts and jeans. As a spectator, I didn’t have to put on eight million layers and a beanie. iSkate is a winter wonderland, without the winter part.

It hurts way less when you fall

My kids and their friends fell over just as much as they would have on real ice but bruising was non-existent and there was no guttural ‘ugh’ as they landed on the synthetic surface.


The boot blades are still razor sharp

When the kids pick up their boots, they’re still given the ‘fall with your fists closed’ safety talk. I honestly thought the boots would be entirely plastic. Not so.

So many exciting distractions

Let’s be real – if you’re at a venue offering not one butthree awesome activities under one roof, your kids will spend approximately 50 per cent of the time at the first activity begging to do the other two activities. Also, as soon as a go-kart race kicks off, they stand at the edge of the rink and stare longingly. Which leads me to …

 The sound of the karts

I jumped a mile high when my stunning rendition of Electric Dreams was interrupted by the squeal of six power karts starting a race. But hey, the name of the activity is literally iSkate Park at Power Kart Raceway so I probably could have tried harder to manage my expectations.

 The verdict: A great treat for the kids and definitely novel. Make sure you take extra cash as they’re guaranteed to want to do glow-in-the-dark Jungle Golf or race the power karts afterwards.

 Details: iSkate Park at Power Kart Raceway, 125 Canberra Avenue, Griffith, ACT. $11 for 30 minutes, $15 for 60 minutes or $18 for 90 minutes, plus $3 skate hire. Bookings not required. Further information at

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Want to implement a Glice® synthetic ice rink at your venue? Have a look at our leisure solutions:

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Glice® Artificial Ice Rink on Israeli TV

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A Glice® artificial ice rink was recently featured on Israeli TV, where the hosts of a Channel 10 show had the opportunity to experience gliding on the ecological ice surface. The rink was set up by its operator Skatezone right outside the studio building and under a hot summer’s sun. Have a look at the video to see what the experience was like and to learn more about Glice® artificial ice rinks.

Operating without any water or electricity, Glice® artificial ice rinks bring skating fun to any climate and destination. Discover our versatile product range for leisure here:

Professional athletes and industry experts choose Glice® artificial ice. Here is why:

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