Synthetic Ice vs. Real Ice – What Are the Differences?

More and more municipalities, hockey clubs and leisure operators opt for synthetic ice as a cost-effective and sustainable alternative to real ice. But is artificial ice any good and what are the main differences between synthetic ice vs. real ice?

Operating costs of synthetic ice vs. real ice

Synthetic ice rinks function without the use of any water or electricity, so that they can be operated and maintained at a fraction of the cost involved with real ice.

Versatility of synthetic ice vs. real ice

Due to its frozen nature, real ice is only feasible in cold winter climates. Synthetic ice is completely independent of climate conditions and can be installed throughout the year and worldwide – even in the tropics or in desert countries. The fact that synthetic ice doesn’t need any refrigeration also makes it the perfect choice for venues where generator noise would be a disturbance.

Glide effect of synthetic ice vs. real ice

Real ice is simply the original and to match its glide effect has always been a big challenge for the synthetic ice industry. However, today’s self-lubricating premium products offer a glide effect that is very similar to conventional ice and allow for replicating any biometric movements authentically. That’s why even top league hockey clubs and professional figure skaters often use the waterless alternative for their practice by now.

Glice® synthetic ice leverages the superb glide effect of a Swiss premium technology, developed by athletes for athletes:

Don’t take our word for it – here is what athletes and customers worldwide think about Glice® synthetic ice rinks:

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