Glice and Your Skates

Serious skaters know how important a sharp blade is to accomplish maneuvers at the highest level. Good skates are expensive. And your interest in keeping them in great shape is our top priority. Here is the lowdown about how your precious skates hold up to gliding on Glice synthetic ice. (Spoiler alert: You’ll be happy.)

Skate Maintenance

Whether you skate on traditional ice, or synthetic, the care you put into your skates is the biggest factor in keeping them in great shape.

No Rusting!

One of the necessities of skate maintenance is keeping them dry after use to prevent rusting. With Glice synthetic ice, you’ll never have to worry about residual rusting from skating on our rinks. No water content means no rusting of metal.

Blade Holders

There is no difference on the impact on your blade holders after skating on Glice. Over time, those important connections of metal blades to leather will respond the same on Glice’s artificial ice as on a traditional ice rink. If anything, you’ll get more wear since there is no moisture affecting the rivets-to-boot contacts.


No water means longer lasting leather boots. Period. A quick wipe down and regular maintenance is all that is needed after skating on Glice artificial ice. Internal boot moisture from your foot sweat is the only moisture you’ll have to be concerned about. Air them out as usual and keep the leather conditioned with polish/conditioners to keep your leather boots supple and in tip-top condition.


The big question everyone always asks: How often do you need to sharpen your blades after skating on Glice synthetic ice?

Everyone skates differently, depending on your weight, maneuvers, drills practiced, how your personal skating style affects your blades, how long or often you skate, etc. A young skater will dull their blades much slower than an adult due to their weight and leg strength.

Some synthetic companies may skirt around the issue, telling you there is no difference on your blades when skating on synthetic ice compared to skating on real ice. Synthetic ice actually creates about 5-15% more friction than skating on natural ice. We are proud to report that Glice’s high quality self-lubricating synthetic ice creates less resistance than all the other artificial rinks out there. Glice’s scientific studies took over 8 years of research and testing to design our exceptional product. Every detail was developed with the most responsive and self-conditioning and durable construction possible. Glice’s visionary product won’t put a damper on your speed or maneuvers, allowing you to quickly adapt to the new surface within minutes.

As with all synthetic rinks, skates will naturally dull 20-30% faster than if you skate on mother nature’s ice. The solution? Check your skates regularly and sharpen accordingly. High use skaters are known to sharpen their blades every day, no matter what type of ice they skate upon. As a skater, you should be doing the same daily check every time you get off the ice.

Do I Need Special Skates?

No. Just like real ice, synthetic ice is not biased towards the quality of your skates. You can use hockey, figure, or leisure “buckle up” skates as your preference. Whatever skates you need, Glice synthetic ice will react to your preferred blade just like real ice.

What’s It Like to Skate on Artificial Ice?

Synthetic ice has an amazing likeness to a real ice-skating experience. The new technology of using a hybrid polyethylene polymer to create a skating surface has come a long way since the idea was first developed in the 1960s. Today synthetic ice has advanced to such an amazing level that skaters adapt quickly to the minor difference you’ll feel in the friction between real and synthetic ice. Skaters around the world prefer the glide, grip, texture, and higher quality of product from Glice synthetic ice compared to other manufacturers because of our high-tech and brilliant design. That is why thousands of ice rink facilities around the world have installed Glice over others. It is the smart investment that keeps everyone happily skating.

Though nothing can replace the experience of skating on cold hard ice, Glice rinks are clearly known as being the ultimate choice in synthetic ice products.

Professional hockey players and figure skaters who skate on Glice use their rinks daily for practice and maneuvers. Ice rink owners in 85+ countries have chosen Glice over any other synthetic rinks in the world. That includes trusted clients like CCM, Pure Hockey, Barneys New York, Four Seasons Hotel and Resorts, Coca-Cola and more! Glice is the proven choice that has been vetted by companies who build their brand on fine quality products.

Top notch quality trusted by professionals

” It’s such an easy tool to work on your shooting and skills. It’s the best way to skate and shoot as if you’re on real ice. I use it 3x a week.”

— NHL Captain Roman Josi, Nashville Predators

” In my 35 years of experience, l’ve never come across a surface that mimics ice as close as Glice. It will change the way you think of synthetic ice.”

– Steve Serdachny, NHL Skating Coach

” The volume is business has been much greater this year and the response has been phenomenal! Really easy to be to use.”

– David Lemmond, Manager William Vale Hotel (NYC)

The Glice Difference

Swiss Designed, Ultra Glide Technology – Our design is a perfect combination of glide and grip, making our rinks the fastest and least friction synthetic rinks in the world. When it comes to your skates, your blades will last longer on Glice than on any other synthetic product. Glice rinks use a manufacturing process called “sintering” where high-grade polymer pellets are crushed under high pressure and heat, giving our rinks and pads the ultimate surface for superior durability and glide. It reduces ice shavings and blade abrasion making it the only synthetic rink that keeps blades at an optimal sharpness for longer skate times.


It’s great to skate on Glice!

Roman Josi, Captain NHL Nashville Predators

Glice is a great tool to be on and work on my skills

Nico Hischier, captain NHL New Jersey Devils
Cliff Ronning - Testimonial

Practice on Glice puts you ahead of the curve by a long shot.

Cliff Ronning, 19 year NHL Veteran

Glice is a revolutionary game changing surface that will elevate your skating & skills like no other.

Steve Serdachny, Professional NHL Skating and Skills Coach & Elite Hockey Consultant

Glice Improves the More You Skate!

Glice sheets are embedded with a self-lubricating system that enhances the skating performance of your rink the more you skate. Every time your blade touches the surface of a Glice rink, it works to release emollients onto the skating surface, making your glide fluid and effortless. Other synthetic rink companies simply don’t have the ability to process their artificial ice like we do. Glice has a secret formula, locked away in a Swiss vault, that others only try to emulate. We also use an exclusive, high-end manufacturing plant dedicated to creating the optimal skating experience. Other manufacturers are known to share facilities with one another, making similar products. Glice is ahead of the curve in our design, high-grade ingredients, controlled production and manufacturing, superior connection systems and exceptional final product.

Does Installation of Artificial Ice Make a Difference?

Yes. The way synthetic ice is manufactured for installation makes a world of difference on your skating experience.  All synthetic ice is made into large sheets or puzzle pieces. Sheets are laid down onto a flat surface and snapped into place. The difference in the quality of those connections is wide among the industry. How your ice sheets attach to one another makes a difference in how your skates glide across the joints. Most manufacturers connect their sheets on top and bottom of each sheet. If there are large gaps between the joints or the connections aren’t completely locked into place, you will have more dirt and debris collecting in the gaps, making maintenance tedious. Loose connections can also cause lifting, creating skating hazards.

Glice’s seamless interlocking sheets are the most remarkable connection system in the industry. Instead of being connected on two ends, Glice’s design has a tongue-and-groove system on all four sides, making incredibly tight and sturdy connections. That means no separating or lifting, making your surface extra smooth and safe. We use a tongue-in-groove system like no other, locking them firmly into place and guaranteed to never lift or separate.  That prevents dangerous trips and falls over ridges.  Plus, our seamless connection keeps dirt and debris from collecting in grooves, making for easy maintenance. Connection systems are one of the biggest factors in artificial rinks and why Glice is the everyone’s first choice. Your skates will also thank you for it since you’ll have less resistance or friction while you glide. Skating on Glice keeps your skates sharper longer than other artificial ice manufacturers.

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