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:

You have the vision, we bring the expertise – get in touch with our friendly team now for more information and quotes:

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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:

Maximize your ice hockey training with Glice® synthetic ice pads for home usage:

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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:

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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.

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

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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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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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Glice® Synthetic Ice Rink in Croatia Big with the Little Ones

Skating on Glice® artificial ice rinks is easy and involves fewer injuries than the conventional ice experience – that’s why it is ideal for kids! For the winter season the Croatian city Slavonski Brod opened a Glice® synthetic ice rink just for children next to its classical ice rink. The reception was so overwhelming that the city even considers replacing the conventional rink with Glice® this year!

Glice® plastic ice rinks for leisure offer safe skating and a fun experience – find out more:

Glice® artificial ice rinks don’t consume water or energy and are therefore much more economical than conventional rinks. They can also be operated all year round and worldwide:

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Newly Opened Glice® Synthetic Ice Rinks & Eisstock Lanes in South Korea

It’s hard to get enough of Glice® – that’s why we just installed two synthetic ice rinks totaling nearly 500m2 as well as four Eisstock lanes for a South Korean client! Happy gliding on Glice® you guys!

Discover our Glice® plastic ice rinks for leisure:

Glice® artificial ice rinks don’t need any water or energy – for year round and affordable ice skating worldwide:

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Virtual Reality Hockey Training with Sense Arena on Glice® Artificial Ice Rink in Prague

Sense Arena is a powerful new virtual reality tool for professional hockey training – here it is used on a Glice® synthetic ice rink in Prague. Sense Arena will showcase its virtual reality glasses at CES 2019 in Las Vegas from January 8th to 11th on a Glice® plastic ice rink, so stop by to see what it’s all about!


Check out our Glice® synthetic ice rinks with embedded official markings for hockey:

Glice® was developed by athletes for athletes – find out what hockey pros think about our premium artificial ice rinks:

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Happy New Year from your Glice® Team!!

We have some big plans for 2019 and we are excited to get started on them, offering you the most advanced synthetic ice solutions on the market! Happy new year everybody!!

Get in touch with our friendly and experienced team to talk over your artificial ice rink project in 2019:

Zero water, zero energy, 100 % sustainable ice sports worldwide – this is the Glice® vision:

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Skate Fun at a Glice® Synthetic Ice Rink in Israeli Mall

Glice® synthetic ice rinks are becoming increasingly popular in Israel – the latest installation by operator Skate Zone offers skating fun inside a mall in Kfar Saba near Tel Aviv.

Thanks to their portability and easy set-up, operators love our synthetic ice rinks and can easily move them between venues. Discover our leisure solutions here:

More than 600 clients cannot err – find out why they choose Glice® plastic ice rinks:

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