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Fro Knows Global Synthetic Ice 01/20/2012

We shipped an order of Super-Glide Ultra panels to a gentleman by the name of Jared Polin last month. Jared is an accomplished photographer, videographer and all around nice guy. He runs a blog called Fro Knows Photo (did we mention that he wears his hair in a big ol' afro?), which hosts a great community of photographers, and he regularly posts instructional videos on YouTube on photography techniques.

Jared's latest video is all about how to shoot great hockey action photos, and features him skating around on his Global Synthetic Ice rink! It's a great instructional video if you want to learn about action photography. If you're no so interested in that, skip to the 22-minute mark where he tells you what he thinks of his rink.

Figure Skating on Super-Glide Ultra in Montreal 01/16/2012

The Super-Glide Canada team has been busy putting on public events such as this one in Montreal. Watch these figure skaters as they perform on Super-Glide Ultra synthetic ice panels for the first time.

MGM Macau - Christmas Wonderland 12/06/2011

Check out this spectacular use of Super-Glide Ultra from Global Synthetic Ice!

The MGM Macau Hotel on the Southern coast of China has set up an incredible holiday display using Ultra synthetic ice and live figure skating shows as a centerpiece. There is a great video that includes footage of the ice-skating show on their Christmas Wonderland 2011 page. Figure skating shows featuring Australian performers will delight audiences daily until December 25th!

Imagine being in the middle of a winter wonderland, celebrating Christmas while an enchanting figure skating extravaganza from Australia performs their amazing show right in front of your eyes.

You'll delight in the wonder and magic of white, icy snowflakes as they drift in the air as you make your holiday wish next to a 30-ft tall Christmas tree surrounded by elegantly sculpted bronze ballerinas. This is all part of the wondrous Christmas experience set to take place at MGM MACAU Grande Praca, including a superb international group of skaters gloriously spinning and twirling on a custom-made ice rink from December 1 to 25, 2011. This is just a taste of the magical Christmas we've planned for you and your family this holiday season. Come and be a part of the magic!

The opening ceremony on December 1st included a stunning performance of Hong Kong artists Khalil Fong and Fiona Sit as a highlight of the Grand Opening Ceremony

Mesmerizing Figure Skating Shows Daily (December 1 - 25)
Monday to Friday: Starting at 6pm and 8pm, 20 minutes per show
Saturday and Sunday: Starting at 3pm and 8pm, 20 minutes per show

Enjoy a wonderful array of Christmas specialties and holiday menus, plus Christmas goodies and gifts. You can also take part in a host of festive lucky draws as well. It's all here waiting for you at the MGM MACAU!

Purchase Super-Glide Ultra Online 11/23/2011

Global Synthetic Ice happy to announce the addition of new Super-Glide Ultra home packages to our online store. Now, not only have we made the world's best synthetic ice easier to install and maintain than ever, we've also made it easier to purchase!

Three new, easy Super-Glide Ultra options are now available with special pricing and shipping to anywhere in the 48 contiguous United States INCLUDED.

Super-Glide "Ultra 900" ($1999.99)
Great for ages 3-9 can always add on as the player
grows! Includes 9 sheets, can be set-up as
12'x12' or 8'x16'.

Super-Glide "Ultra 1200" ($2499.99)
Can be set-up in an extra room and taken apart and easily
stored. Set-up time 3-5 min. take apart in under 1 min.
Includes 12 sheets, can be set-up as 12'x16' or 8'x24'

Super-Glide "Ultra 1600" ($2999.99)
Perfect for all out training, everything can be practiced
with this size. Includes 16 sheets, can be set-up as
16'x16', 12'x20' or 8'x32'

Check out our Ultra page for more info on Super-Glide Ultra, or visit the Global Synthetic Ice Online Store to order Ultra today. If you order soon, you'll have it before Christmas!

Synthetic ice rink shines with Award of Excellence 10/19/2011

From Alberta Information Bulletin September 29, 2011

Municipal awards celebrate 10th anniversary

Calgary... The first synthetic ice rink in Canada, and the first NHL-sized synthetic ice arena in North America, earned the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo the Outstanding Achievement Award in the 2011 Minister of Municipal Affairs� Awards of Excellence.

The awards acknowledge the efforts of local governments in Alberta. Municipalities are encouraged to share their leading practices with their peers as a way to learn from each other as they improve services for residents.

"I am very proud that we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of this wonderful recognition program," said Municipal Affairs Minister Hector Goudreau. During the past decade the Municipal Excellence Network resource library has accumulated more than 600 municipal best practices, bylaws and policies as a result of the program.

"This kind of co-operation and collaboration is essential to the continued success and future sustainability of all communities," said Goudreau. "While we are focused on providing Albertans with reliable and responsive municipal services, we also need to stand back and celebrate our successes. That's what this is about. These awards celebrate the excellent work being done in Alberta municipalities."

Located in the Wood Buffalo hamlet of Fort Chipewyan, the Archie Simpson Arena is made with a specially engineered polymer coated with a lubricant on a regular basis to keep it slippery during summer months. It is converted faster and easier to a natural frozen ice surface during the winter months as less water and time are required to achieve the necessary thickness.

In addition to the Outstanding Achievement Award, other awards were presented for Innovation, Partnership, Safe Communities and for Smaller Municipalities.

Synthetic Ice Helps Win Achievement Award 10/09/2011

Global Synthetic Ice helps the municipality of Wood Buffalo skate away with Outstanding Achievement Award!

Fort Chipewyan's Archie Simpson Arena synthetic ice initiative earned the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2011 Minister of Municipal Affairs' Awards of Excellence. The award was presented at the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) convention held in Calgary last week in recognition of leading practices by local governments in Alberta.

Mayor Melissa Blake payed tribute to the innovative Super-Glide rink at the Simpson Arena, stating, "Our Municipality prides itself on innovation, and to be recognized by the Province today is an honour," said Mayor Blake. "I am especially proud of our Municipal employees who thought outside the box to respond to the needs of our residents."

The Archie Simpson Arena is made with Super-Glide synthetic ice, a specially engineered polymer coated with a lubricant on a regular basis to keep it slippery during summer months. During the winter months, it converts quickly and easily to a natural frozen ice surface requiring a reduced amount water and time to achieve the necessary thickness.

This practical, economical, and environmentally friendly alternative was installed at the Archie Simpson Arena to provide increased year-round recreational opportunities for residents in Fort Chipewyan. When the NHL-sized rink opened in 2010, it attracted considerable media attention due to being the first rink of its type in all of North America. Other Canadian communities have been turning to Fort Chipewyan for insight into their experience and success with Global Synthetic Ice and Super-Glide.

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