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What is the usual temperature of the ice?
The temperature of the ice varies from one facility to the next depending upon several factors: the temperature of the building, the insulation of the building, the outside temperature, how many people are in the building, who might be using the ice, etc. The ideal temperature of the interface between the ice surface and the air is 26°F. At that temperature, friction between skate blades and the ice surface is the least. However, after a resurface the ice might take longer to freeze and reach that temperature so the complex manager may set the refrigeration equipment to produce a lower ice temperature. Most arenas will have the ice temperature around 16° - 24°F for hockey with the ice temperature a little higher if being used only for figure skaters.

Howelsen Ice Complex

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1. Is the ice complex an outdoor rink?
2. How thick is the ice in a typical rink?
3. What is the usual temperature of the ice?
4. How many gallons of water are needed to make 1 inch of ice?
5. Why does the ice take longer to freeze during a high school game?
6. How are the logos installed in the ice?
7. What are the different types of resurfacers?
8. Why doesn't the ice resurfacer slip and slide all over the ice?
9. How does the ice resurfacer work?
10. How often is the resurfacer blade changed?
11. Why can't players and coaches be on the ice during a resurface?
12. Why are the nets moved from the goal area of the rink during the ice resurface?
13. What is the machine that is used along the boards and resembles a lawn mower?
14. Why does the dasherboard glass break into tiny pieces at some arenas and at others it will just crack and not shatter?
15. Why are some ice complexes colder than others?
16. What are some of the activities held at the Howelsen Ice Complex?
17. What are Bumper Cars On Ice?