Glice® Home Town Club HC Luzern Advances to Swiss Premier League – Congrats Guys!!

After many years of waiting, Glice® home town club HC Luzern will participate in the Swiss premier league for the 2019/2020 season – we congratulate the entire team to this major step and success!!

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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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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:

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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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Figure Skating Athlete Patricia Kühne Performs on Glice® Synthetic Ice Rink at Prestigious Potsdamer Platz in Berlin

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“My experience with Glice® is that I can perform the same elements, jumps and pirouettes like on real ice,” says figure skater Patricia Kühne, who visibly enjoyed performing on a synthetic ice rink by Glice® at the famous Potsdamer Platz in the very heart of Berlin.

Sven Köhler, Managing Director of Glice® Germany, explains how Glice® synthetic ice rinks outperform their conventional equivalents: “No electricity, no water, no noise, no toxic substances and you don’t have any breaks for ice preparation, which gives you an enormous revenue advantage compared to a conventional ice rink.”

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Glice® Synthetic Ice Rink Installation: Snap, Snap – as Easy as That!

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Have a look at this time lapse video of a Glice® synthetic ice rink installation in Israel to get an idea of the simplicity behind our systems: connected by an innovative tongue and groove mechanism, you just snap the panels together and set up the synthetic ice surface and dasher boards in no time! On top of that tongue and groove allows for more stability and a smoother surface than other systems to guarantee 100 % skating fun!

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Seize the Saison with a Glice® Rental Synthetic Ice Rink at Your Venue

Rental synthetic ice rinks by Glice® are the perfect solution if you want to give your venue an exciting and sustainable entertainment twist for the season, while keeping your investment minimal. Apart from brand new rental synthetic ice rinks we also offer semi used rinks as an even more affordable option. These have been in use only once and undergo a sophisticated refurbishing process.

Glice® rental synthetic ice rinks function without the use of water and energy, bringing sustainable and innovative entertainment to your venue. Discover the green technology here:

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Training Camp for Swiss Youth with Glice® Synthetic Ice Rink

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Helping kids from different clubs to live out their hockey enthusiasm, a hockey school in Thun offers training camps with diverse facilities. At the heart of the training center is a combination of conventional and synthetic ice by Glice®, which helps practicing the entire skill set under the supervision of a former Swiss national player. Check out the video to see how these youth successfully train on Glice®!

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Coming Soon: Glice® Synthetic Ice Rink at Ark Encounter in the US

Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky is a theme park revolving around a life-size model of Noah’s Ark – also aboard: a Glice® synthetic ice rink! Stay tuned for more updates!

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