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,


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,


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,


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,


Thursday, February 03, 2022

Dave the New IceGuy....

 Upper 38 Coats

Lower 39 Coasts


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,