Click below for more information on ice safety and frequently asked questions.
When will the upper rink be open for skating?
Lake Sundance does not have refrigeration chillers on the upper rink so we are completely weather-dependent. The status of our pleasure rink cannot fairly compare Lake Sundance to other communities that may have smaller, shaded, or chilled rinks.
The upper rink is the first ice sheet to be built at Lake Sundance. These are the stages in getting it built and open for you:
FLOODED BASE LAYER - Rink is flooded with a hose. Requires consistent, consecutive nights of temperatures reaching at least -10 degrees Celsius and days that do not go above freezing. The ground has to be cold too. 5-7 floods are applied in thin layers to make a solid base layer.
LEVELING FLOODS - Low spots are flooded with a hose.
Why can't we use hockey or ringette sticks, rings or pucks on the upper rink?
Leisure skate is typically for families and individuals who want to enjoy the ice and simply skate, it is also very popular with users who are learning to skate. Hockey sticks and pucks are not permitted to ensure it remains a safe, enjoyable place for all skating abilities. There are also A LOT OF WINDOWS in the upper clubhouse that would not stop a hockey puck.
Sadly no, you can not play hockey or ringette on the pleasure rink. We have to accommodate users who may turn up any time during leisure skate.
And the upper clubhouse has a lot of windows that would not survive a hockey puck or ringette ring.
When will the ice on the Lake be open for winter use?
There are many factors to consider before the SLRA opens the lake ice for recreational use.
When will the pathways and rinks be cleared on the lake ice?
There are several factors to consider before we can take equipment onto the ice to begin clearing pathways and making rinks, firstly we need to ensure the load-bearing strength of the ice is consistent to carry our equipment (ice thickness and ice quality). Once we have stable measurements we will clear the pathways and rinks, set up the lights and benches and begin flooding and resurfacing the ice sheets. Once we begin this process takes about 72 hours provided that no other variables interfere with the process.
I see the staff on the ice so can I go out too?
If the red flag is flying, No you can not. We are out there taking measurements and preparing the ice sheet for you. Be patient and wait for the green flag and then you can be on the ice.
What do I do if I see someone on the ice but it is still a red flag?
Report it to the lake office immediately! 403.256.4728
This is dangerous to the person on the ice and others who might copy them.