Ice Quality

Of course ice quality is something that is, after all, largely subjective.

What could be noticed though is that better ice:


  1. produces less snow
  2. creates fine powered snow

From the 2015 REALice® user Feedback:


How would you rate your ice quality:


What is important to mentioned that in the ice maintenance process not only the snow is removed with the ice machine but also the ice also shaved 1mm per round to eliminate the scars and make it nice and transparent again.

REALice® is used by the NHL for all their outdoor games, Winter Classic, Heritage Classic and Stadium Series, since 2010.

Through ice crystal comparison it was shown that the ice made with REALice® treated water is

  • stronger,
  • more homogenous
  • and has a higher heat capacity

leading to reduced energy usage in ice rinks. With the ice crystal being bigger, the density of the ice increases.


Image shows ice crystals of normal ice (left) and REALice® (right) as seen in cross-polarized light. The scale at the bottom is in cm. (Source: Lulea Technical University, Sweden, May 2011).

  • Ice hardness testing results

    Study results of the overall uniformity of ice strength using REALice®.

  • Ice Quality Comparison

    Investigation into ice crystals at Lulea University


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