Monday, December 31, 2018

No Flooding Last night.

It was the last night before New Years Eve that we could flood. Mother Nature prevented Craig, Ian, Peter, Andy and Willem from putting down water on the thirsty sheets of ice.
It started to snow as the crew was scraping the ice for at least another two coats.

Thanks to the crew over the past month to keep the ice in such great shape.

See everyone for some New Year's Cheer on Thursday at 8 PM.

Keeping the hose on the ice,

Friday, December 28, 2018

Post Christmas Flooding...

Thanks to Craig, Bill, Peter, Andy, Adrian and Kurt. We put two coats on each rink. The ice has been used a lot over the Christmas break and was thirsty for some water.

Lower = 24 coats
Upper = 20 coats

 Peter laying down the first coat on the upper ice.
 Adrian and Bill (left to right), supervising.
 Bill making the lower ice shine again.

We are Flooding this Sunday Dec 30th at 8 PM.

Keeping the hose on the ice,

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Christmas Cheer Flood...

Fantastic work to all the volunteers that made Rosemont a destination skating venue.
We raised our glasses last night to a job well done.
Three coats on each.
Lower = 22 coats
Upper = 18 coats

Thanks to the team tonight; Kris, Craig, Ian, Jeff, Jamie, Willem, Andy, Bill and Kurt. And, A Cameo Appearance by Bud!!!!

Big thanks to Mark Petros, owner of Nick's Steakhouse and Pizza for donating the pizzas to give us energy to flood tonight.

We had some laughs and some cheers. Have a great Christmas and hope to see you skating over the holidays.

Jamie in the hose room beating Biagio's record.

Keeping the hose on the ice,


Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Warm Weather Flooding...

Great work Monday night thanks to Kris, Craig, Ian, Jamie, Peter and Kurt. We put down two light coats on each rink with some breaks between coats to catch up on the week and cheers.

Thursday looks to be VERY warm, so we might have to wait til Sunday to flood again. Sunday's flood will be the last flood before Christmas.  Let's ALL try to be down Sunday for some Christmas Cheers!! I will contact Mark from Nick's Steakhouse and Pizza and see about getting some PIES from him for Sunday.

Lower = 19 coats
Upper = 15 coats

Keeping the hose on the ice,

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Made The FrontPage...

We made the front page of the Calgary Herald on Saturday.
The warm weather has made outdoor rinks rare and we should be proud that we have been able to keep the ice going.

The Rinks took a beating this weekend. Monday at 8 pm we will try to lay down two light coats on each.

See you then.

Keeping the hose on the ice,

Friday, December 14, 2018

Nets Are On The Ice...

Lower =17 Coats
Upper = 13 Coats

This group put down 2 coats last night on each...

Keeping the hose on the ice,


Tuesday, December 11, 2018

OPEN for Business...

Hard to believe that it was December 01 we started building the base this year. Much later that previous years.

Big thanks to our incredible team of dedicated volunteers for working extra hours to get the ice in such good shape, and in such a short amount of "ice-time".

I set the timer this morning so the lights will go on around 4:30 pm thru to about 12:00 am. I took some photos of some figure skating marks left from an early morning skater. I took these photos after 9 am this morning.

Later this afternoon I brought out the shovels and took some photos of happy skaters.

We are officially Open for Business.
Regular flooding nights will start Monday and Thursday nights around 8 pm. We always like to see new volunteers come out to enjoy the art of making ice.

Keeping the hose on the ice,

Monday, December 10, 2018

Monday Night, No Football...

Great turn out tonight.
Jamie, Andrew, Kris, Craig and Kurt put down two coats on each sheet.

Upper = 15 coats
Lower = 11 coats

Special Appearance with cookies was Willem.
Special Appearance withOUT cookies was Jeff.

No photos tonight, we want to keep the great condition of our ice a secret and keep it to ourselves. (To be truthful, I forgot my phone). But seriously, there were three groups of people that came down checking out the condition, and to see when they could skate. Our ice is really starting to level out and become usable.

The weather is still mild this week and snow in the forecast for Wednesday. Lets book Thursday for at least a clearing of snow and/or a Flood at 7 PM.

Keeping the hose on the ice,


Sunday, December 09, 2018

Nozzle Going on

Thanks to Jeff and son, Oakley (11 yr Birthday boy), Kris, Peter and Kurt for putting down 2 Coats and one on the upper tonight.

Last night, Saturday, Craig, Willem and Andy put down Two Coats on the lower and one on the upper.

Upper = 13 coats
Lower = 9 coats.

We are now going to use the nozzle on and start our normal Monday nights and Thursday nights at 7 pm.

This week is going to be another warm one.

Jeff and his some Oakley. Oakley did a great job tonight learning the ropes/HOSE. He event took the lead spraying with the nozzle on. Thanks Oakley!!

See you tomorrow night at 7 pm.

Keeping the hose on the ice,

Friday, December 07, 2018

Day 7 Get Your Skates On...

Thursday Night was lean and efficient. Kurt was flooding solo at 7 PM on the lower ice and put down a good medium. The team arrived at 8:15 pm to put a generous coat on the upper and another coat on the lower. Big Thanks to Austin, Craig and Peter.

Lower Ice = 9 coats
Upper Ice = 7 coats

 This photo taken during the day, before we flooded last night. (Lower ice)

 Flooding the Lower ice last night. Temperatures looking a bit warm over the weekend. There will be skaters out for sure.

 Lets have a look at a flood tonight and see how cold it will be.

Keeping the hose on the ice,

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Day 6 Looking real Good...

Big thanks to Peter, Adrian, Craig and Kurt for putting down a generous coat on the lower rink.
We didn't have time to do the Upper ice. So hopefully tomorrow is cold like tonight.

 See you All there tomorrow around 7:30 PM...

Lower Ice = 7 coats
Upper Ice = 6 coats

Keeping the hose on the ice...

Day 5 Polish Coats...Skateable?

We the lean team, Kris, Peter, Grant and Kurt, were able to put down two coats last night.

Yes these are skate marks... Day 4 skateable. Well, not safely.

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Day 4 Hard Work Paying Off...

Hard work with the warm weather Sunday and snow to deal with. Last night we put the nozzle on and did yet another new technique, "The Hydro Blast". With about 3 inches of snow covering a lumpy base, we blasted the snow fluffing it up and mixing with water. The temperature was cold enough that we were able to put another coat down and using the "Backward Blade Knock-down" technique to help flatten the slurpie.

Thanks to Craig, Kris, Jeff, Bill, Austin, Peter, Kurt

Special Appearance by Bud.
And two on-lookers and fellow Rosemontonians, Rebecca and Max.

The base is well established now we just need to put more on in order to flatten the lumps.

 The Morning of Day 5...

You can see the lumps that we need to cover.

Sunday, December 02, 2018

Day 3, Saturday Night...

The new guy, but not the Rookie, Peter - came up with the "backward-shovel-knock-down" technique. With all the snow that fell yesterday we made a rough slurpie with the hose nozzle off. Then flatten it down.
Thanks last night to Jeff, Craig, Willem, Bill, Peter and Kurt.

No flooding Sunday night, Let's meet Monday night at 7 PM.

Keeping the Hose on the Ice,

Saturday, December 01, 2018

Day 2, Building The Base...

Craig, Kris, Bill, Peter, and Kurt worked last night to put down another layer of base water.
We need a group tonight to help out. We could start earlier if possible. Let me know who can make it out Say after 5 pm. We can flood over the snow if it stay only a dusting of snow.

Last night photos...