Ice Surfaces

Rand Enterprises & Productions produces first class shows on both real ice and synthetic ice surfaces. Each surface type has its advantages and disadvantages, depending on the individual applications and\or the needs of the specific client. Below are some general factors to consider.

Real Ice

Advantages:

  • Real Ice can be installed on any solid level surface in 24-48 hours as long as the associated venue has ample power and clean water available (additional factors apply).
  • State-of-the-art portable ice systems make it possible to install and transport ice floors around the world, easily and efficiently.
  • As a rule, “star skaters” will only skate on real ice (and most professionals prefer real ice over synthetic ice), so if star talent is required, real ice is the only realistic option.
  • Real ice equipment (the floor & AC chiller unit) has an indefinite life expectancy with proper upkeep & maintenance. The synthetic surface counterparts have 3-10 years of life expectancy (depending on use & other factors).
  • Real ice surfaces can be easily fitted with a parquet floor covering. Therefore, the ice stage can be utilized for different purposes (not just for ice shows).


Disadvantages:

  • Real ice can be expensive to buy\rent for budget limited productions.
  • Utility costs (i.e., electricity & water) can be high and must be considered as a reoccurring fixed expense in the operating budget.
  • Licensed technicians are needed to work on the AC chiller units in case of problems.
  • We have a 98% track record, but keep in mind that if the ice melts, there is no show.
  • A well trained “ice person or crew” is needed for daily resurfacing and maintenance.



Synthetic Ice

Advantages:

  • Synthetic ice can be installed into almost ANY location imaginable. The only basic requirement is a flat, level, smooth surface area.
  • There are no special tools required for installation and maintenance. Also no electricity needed for synthetic ice and very minimal water (for cleaning).
  • Installation time is 2-6 hours in most cases (depending on size and varying details).
  • Ice\stage sizes are available and\or adjustable to in any size or shape.
  • Synthetic ice surfaces can be easily fitted with a parquet floor covering. Therefore, the ice stage can be utilized for different purposes (not just for ice shows).
  • Most audiences will not see the difference between real ice and synthetic ice surfaces. Well trained professional skaters can do everything on synthetic Ice that they can do on real ice.
  • Synthetic ice is a far less expensive initial expense for those considering an “ice” show.


Disadvantages:

  • Synthetic ice surfaces do not last forever. Although ice panels should be expected last 3-10 years (depending on use, number of skaters, number of shows, etc).
  • “Star skaters” will not usually perform on synthetic ice due to the difference in feel.



 

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Executive Producer, Jeb K Rand, is currently working in Los Angeles developing television programming and live show productions.

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