March 13, 2018
CLOSED FOR THE SEASON
Looking at current and expected weather conditions,
we faced the future bravely and determined
that the outdoor ice oval skating season has come to an end.
(We officially closed the oval on March 13 last year, too.)
Overall, it was a great year of skating.
Thanks to everyone who came out. 😀
A tremendous amount of thanks goes to
our crew of ice maintenance volunteers.
They're an incredible group of dedicated volunteers.
Thanks also to our volunteer crews that take care of the equipment and skate rentals, as well as to the volunteer board members of the Outdoor Ice Oval Society who keep everything in order.
Finally, we thank the City of Prince George
for their ongoing support of the outdoor oval.
See you next winter!
Outdoor oval: Dec. 19. 2017, at morning opening time
Chill the oval!
Note: the Donate button will take you to a dedicated page
on the City of Prince George website where you can make your donation.
Become a partner in the Outdoor Ice Oval
Four-season Facility and Refrigeration Project.
Our goal to bring refrigeration to the outdoor oval
will allow the oval to become a year-round recreation facility.
Read our brochure for more information
Instead of an on-line donation, you can download the form,
fill it out completely, and mail or deliver it to the City of Prince George,
who is taking donations on our behalf in order to issue tax receipts.
NEWS & EVENTS
Prince George Skate 150 Challenge
Fifteen determined skaters completed the Canada 150 kilometre skating challenge during the 2017-18 outdoor skating season.
Each skater received a "150 Certificate of Achievement."
To celebrate Canada's 150 years,
the Outdoor Oval Society issued a friendly challenge
to all skaters to track how many laps they skate
throughout the whole season.
We asked, "Can you skate 150 km this winter season
to celebrate Canada 150."
Congratulations to everyone who participated,
whether you made it to Purden, McBride, Jasper -- or beyond.
Speed skates and nordic blades
Saturdays and Sundays, 12 noon - 4 pm
(subject to availability of volunteers)
Rental fee: $5 for two hours
We have a range of sizes (limited quantities) of speed skates.
We have 2 pairs each nordic blades for NNN and SNS bindings.
REQUEST FOR VOLUNTEERS
The Outdoor Ice Oval Society is looking for volunteers
to help with ice maintenance.
A typical session of ice maintenance involves snow clearing
and flooding, plus area maintenance.
A typical session takes about two hours.
Snow clearing is done with a skidsteer (aka Bobcat)
using a blade and then brush to sweep the surface.
As needed, we also clear snow by hand with shovels.
Flooding is done with a five-tonne truck and ice conditioner (aka Zamboni). During the early season we flood the surface with hoses. Maintenance also involves setting up the skaters’ area, including mats, posts, and tables.
See pictures of ice maintenance at
We are looking for people who can contribute once or twice a week (about 2-4 hours per week).
Ice maintenance is scheduled on
weekday mornings at 9:00 am and evenings at 8:30 pm.
On weekends, sessions are scheduled for 8:00 am and 8:30 pm.
As weather conditions demand,
ice maintenance takes place during the day.
Ice maintenance involves working outdoors in winter conditions.
No ice-making experience is necessary.
Training will be provided for all aspects of the work.
Experience operating equipment will be helpful.
If you are interested in volunteering or want additional information, please contact us:
"10 Awesome Outdoor Skating Rinks"
Our outdoor ice oval made British Columbia Magazine's list
of ten awesome outdoor skating rinks in BC.