synthetic ice

Synthetic ice was developed in the 1960s by a team of people that wanted to change the world. They believed that if there was a will there was a way. Ice skates could glide across the surface of an ice rink without any problems and seem to flow across the flooring with the ease of a bird flying gracefully low to the ground. There just had to be a way to mimic the process.

Slow Beginnings

At first, when the developers joined together to create the artificial ice there were many obstacles. The first type of synthetic ice flooring that came out was made of special plastic, (in those days) that would allow for a lubricant to be poured over the top of it intermittently as the skaters used it. The skaters had a bit of a rough time gliding seamlessly across the flooring like they could on ice because the plastic was less than smooth and needed to have constant lubricants added to it. As time progressed, and technology began to expand, developers slowly worked out the kinds and were able to create an amazing type of flooring that allows people to skate across it almost as if they were on ice.

Skating on Ice

The reason why ice skaters are able to skate so gracefully across the rink’s surface is because of the way that the metal ice skating blades interact with the ice itself. As the skater builds momentum and moves forward across the ice, the blades against the ice cause friction. Just like anything else that rubs together it causes heat. This heat slightly melts the ice as the blades cut through it causing a type of lubrication that allows the skater to freely slide and glide across the ice. Although scientists figure this out many years ago, they struggled to find a way to mimic the way the ice melted and caused its own lubricant.

Skating on Synthetic Ice

Synthetic ice flooring is about the best thing you can get in comparison to real ice. Sniper’s Edge Hockey offers a high-quality brand of flooring that is designed to bring the most benefit for the skaters that use it. Although synthetic ice may never be exactly like real ice, it is pretty close. The flooring has its own lubricating ingredient that is activated when skaters skate across it, much like real ice. When the lubricant is activated it causes the flooring to act so much like ice it is phenomenal. Ice skaters that have had a lot of experience on real ice can tell immediately that it has a little bit of a drag as the skater moves forward across the surface, but it is not enough of a drag to make a huge difference. The positive side of this little bit of drag is that it will make the skater push just that much harder in order to move around. With that being said, it is much like adding a small amount of weight to a workout routine. The extra little bit of resistance builds muscle strength and stamina. It is like skating with a little bit of extra weight. When the skater gets back to the real ice rink, skating will be much easier, and a lot like flying across the rink.


The reason why synthetic ice works so great is that it has been in the making for a very long time and scientists have almost perfected it. When it comes to practicing with a hockey shooting tarp, or a hockey puck rebounder, it is just as slick as real ice and allows for a great training experience. The best part is that synthetic ice flooring can be installed just about anywhere including your home, or office. If you are considering getting a spectacular hockey flooring, go for the best you can get: Sniper’s Edge Hockey.