Friday, March 11, 2022

The Last Flood of the Season...

55 coats since Dec 06, 2021

Sorry to see it 

 As you may or may not know, there has been ice in this same area since 1965. And without the core group of volunteers passing down the knowledge of making outdoor ice, there would be no rinks to skate on.

Big thanks, and shout out to all the volunteers this year who came out to carry on the tradition of making Rosemont the best ice in the City of Calgary. This year has been one the most challenging years battling the weather and Covid-19.

Tonight we put down three coats. Bill, Peter, Kris, Chris, Andrew P., Dave, Andy and Kurt finished off the 2021 - 2022 season. 

Grant Parks, the shinny coach, wanted me to say THANK YOU for all the great work in keeping the ice alive. Especially after we thought it was gone two weeks ago with the big melt.

Celebrating the last flood of the season...
Started a fire without Craig, and the first match.

The team tonight
Mike the owner of Tucker the puppy. Out for a walk in the park.
Andrew P., on the nozzle laying down the third and final coat of the season.

Best ice in Calgary.

Kris and Andrew putting away the hose for the season.

We discussed a new Date for our Annual BBQ. Wrap up party Friday, March 25th at 6PM. It's a family event so make sure your wife and kids are informed. 

Keeping the hose on the ice,
Kurt





Tuesday, March 08, 2022

Another Week of Shinny...

 52 Coats on the lower, -12º overnight.


Bill, Daniel, Kris, Craig, and Kurt helped to lay down two coats to flatten the lumpy sheet.

Shinny hockey is tonight and it looks great for them.

A Cameo appearance from Matthew last night. Inspecting the work done after one coat.


Crescent moon over the rink last night.

We are planning the wrap up party at the end of the month. 


Keeping the hose on the ice, 

Kurt



Saturday, March 05, 2022

Friday Night Flood...

 50 Coats on the lower.


As we are battling the elements this year, weather is all over the map, we were able to squeeze in two coats last night. "We" are Bill, Craig, Dave, Chris and Kurt. We scraped and pushed as much of the snow left over from the blower as we could. Surface is very uneven and lumpy. So the best we could do is put a heavyish coat on first , Wait Wait Wait for about an hour, then put a second coat.

All-the-While, watch snow fall a bit, then stop, then start again. But it's skate-able.


Kurt was down in the morning blower off the overnight snow. Out door Kindergarden class is the background having fun in the fresh powder.


2.5 hours later we have a clear rink.
We are scraping the aftermath from the morning blower.



Let's see what Monday will bring and keep the shinny program alive for another week.


Keeping the hose on the ice,

Kurt



Friday, February 25, 2022

Thank You "IceGuys"...

 Grant, the head coach of the shinny program, wrote;


"Hello Ice Guys, thank you for resurrecting the ODR over the Family Day weekend. It was in sad shape and I know you put in a lot of work to bring it back to life. Shinny was cancelled on Tuesday because it was too cold. It’s been an odd winter. We rescheduled it for tonight and the ice was fantastic!

 

There are 34 kids signed up for the shinny program this year and about 13 kids participated tonight. There was a lot of snow on the ice and the parents basically cleared the entire rink. It was very kind of them and greatly appreciated.

 

Your efforts have brought a lot of joy to the public and to the kids participating in the shinny program.

 

I have attached a few videos to this note to say: THANK YOU ICE GUYS!"








To all of the volunteers that make Rosemont's Ice the best in the city, and who have sacrificed there time by braving the cold temperatures at night... Put down your shovels and take a bow.


Keeping the hose on the ice,

Kurt



Thursday, February 24, 2022

Better than Ever...

 3 Coats tonight brings the grand total to 48 coats on the lower.

Mother nature is giving us a second chance.


Big thanks to Daniel, Bill, Andy, Kris, Craig and Kurt for laying down the water tonight. Shinny was moved from Tuesday night to this evening. The snow was removed by the parents and we cleaned it up  before the H2O.






Its all ready for the weekend now. Nice job everyone!!!


Keeping the hose on the ice,


Kurt





Tuesday, February 22, 2022

It's ALIVE again!...

 We have successfully brought the lower rink back to life. Upper is dead!


Lower rink 45 coats (laster year 75) at -20ºC

The the surgeons that helped to keep the ice alive broke in to two teams. The first team was Peter, Kurt, Bill, Chris, and John. Peter and Kurt got down early to start blowing off the packed down snow from the night before. Then incomes the two specialists, John and Bill. It took the four of them another two hours of prep. Foot by square foot, with shovels sometimes upside down to get off the caked on snow that stuck to the surface.


Peter in the background and Kurt blowing off .

We needed to get something to eat after 3 1/2 hours of removing the snow. 

Second team arrives at 8 pm.  Like clockwork this team of specialists,, Bill, John, Daniel, Willem, Craig, Chris and Jeff managed the freezing temperatures by the fire and laid down 4 coats of H2O to bring the total this year to 45 coats.

The second team got close to the fire and also got close to freezing the nozzle at -20º C.





Shinny is supposed to be tonight with 24 kids that last week could not skate because the ice was melting. Tonight it is -25ºC and too cold to skate. CRAZY weather we are having. 

They should move the shinny this week to Thursday at -5ºC.


Well done everyone!



Keeping the hose on the ice,

Kurt



Thursday, February 17, 2022

Before Easter, Resurrection...

Upper 38 ice and is not good, toast, bye bye, next year...

Lower 41 coats at -10ºC 


Resurrection is the word!. We almost gave up on the season, but we have another week of weather that is looking good to keep the frozen water together.

Bill, Andrew P., Craig, Chris and Kurt were very happy to find the lower ice was cleared. Peter, and his wife Elizabeth, came down early in the afternoon to blow off the 5" of snow that fell the night before. THANKS!

We put down two coats on the lower and managed to salvage it on the west 2/3rds. The run-off from the parking has left it lumpy. Good news is the drain gate that we have maintained over the winter is working to let the run-off flow down to the creek. Good Idea... I think it was Kris'.



Calgary Flames on the radio and another win. Solid first in the Pacific Division.

Looks to warm to flood tonight, so lets keep on alert for a weekend clear of snow. Sunday may need some help blowing and scraping.


Keeping the hose on the ice,

kurt


Thursday, February 03, 2022

Dave the New IceGuy....

 Upper 38 Coats

Lower 39 Coasts

-16ºC


Great turnout tonight 

New IceGuy DAVE (welcome)

Bill (Making the rest of us Look Bad), met with DAVE (the new iceguy) this afternoon. Both of them cleared off the snow to give us an easy scrape tonight THANK YOU!!!

Crew; Jamie, Craig, Andrew P., Peter, John, the new iceguy Dave, and Kurt.

Looking back this season, we have had a challenge every week to keep the ice skate-able, so thanks everyone for he great commitment.  We have the best ice in Calgary thanks to you.



Left to right;
Jamie, Craig, Andrew P., Peter and the new iceguy Dave.


Let's keep an eye on the weather next week. Hopefully we can flood again soon.

Keeping the hose on the ice,
Kurt


Monday, January 31, 2022

Ready for Shinny. Shinny is Cancelled!

Upper = 36 coats

Lower = 37 coats

-15ºC..


Big thanks to Chris, Bill, Craig, Peter, and Kurt for laying down 3 COATS on each. Seems like it's been a week of just ONE coat a night due to the warm climate this past week. Barely freezing at night.

Now, a we are getting winter back. Great for the ice, but not for shinny unfortunately. Tuesday, tomorrow, will get to -16ºC, but the wind chill @ -26ºC. Too bad cause the ice looks great. 
Then, the following week is plus+ temperatures again and sun is high in the sky. 


First coat to fill in the cracks.

Parking lot run-off actually levelled out pretty good.
Very focused team tonight, from left to right (cause they are so layered up);

Chris, Craig, Bill, and Peter laying down the first coat on the lower.


Lets go Thursday night at 8 PM and get it ready for the WARM weekend.


Keeping the hose on the ice,

Kurt


 
 

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Ready for the Weekend...

 Great turnout tonight, Adrian, Jamie, Kris, Peter, Chris, Andrew P., Craig, Bill, and Kurt helped to clear the leaves and sticks by scraping the fairly good ice after the hot days with sun.


Total Coats (-3º C if we are lucky)

Upper = 33coats

Lower = 34 coats





Monday, January 24, 2022

Fairweather IceGuys...

We figured we'd have a better turnout tonight with such warm weather. The Skeleton Crew tonight;

Craig, Chris, Peter, Andy and Kurt cleared the rinks with the poly shovels with metal edges. We used these shovels in oder to scrape the ice as clean as we could before laying down ONE medium coat. Overnight temperatures are just -7ºC.

Shinny will be good tomorrow. 


Total Coats (-7º C if we are lucky)

Upper = 32 coats

Lower = 33 coats


 

First flood in a week.
Kids had fun making an island.

11 am this morning.
Melting run off from the parking lot on Sunday.


Let's plan on Thursday night at 8 PM.


Keeping the hose on the ice,

Kurt



Thursday, January 20, 2022

We Made the Newspaper...

 

Our hard work is not unnoticed.  This weekend will be busy, let's plan to clean and see what the weather is like tonight at 8 pm.


Way to go everyone.


Keeping the hose on the ice,

Kurt



Tuesday, January 18, 2022

It Was Cold Enough...

 Craig, Peter, Andrew P., Kris, Chris, Bill, John,  and Kurt cleaned and flooded tonight, by laying down 3 coats on each ice.


Total Coats (-17ºC felt like -24ºC)

Upper = 31 coats

Lower = 32 coats


Closer look at the condition of the ice today before shinny.
We were lucky that it froze last night before the wind.
You find all kinds of things on the ice.
We need better shovels to clean with.

The metal shovels are leaving ridges on the ice that are hard to level when flooding.

Finished coat is a beautiful thing.


This was in a bookstore:
Big topic tonight around the fire was how much we are tired of Covid Talk and when are we getting back to normal. (As are most people in the world).


We will continue to keep an eye on the weather but shoot for Monday if we can GO Thursday.


Keeping the hose on the ice,

Kurt