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Sunday, 17 January 2016 06:54

2016 Building Ice Park Week 3

We're three weeks into the new year, and I'm happy to report that with the cooler temperatures, the ice is starting to get a little thicker.  My weekly stop by the Ice Park found the Harvesting Crew out working the back pond.  Eight hardy warm dressed folks working at about -13F (-25C), two of them operating forklifts making quick work of that plot of ice.  Like the ice that was pulled two weeks ago, this ice is destined for the Kids Park.  The fresh plot left behind will freeze over and the next round of harvesting should produce some nice clear blue competition ice. 

Ice Harvesting Crew working the back pond

Chainsaw is mounted in a custom skid for precise cutting of blocks

Hazards of pulling ice in sub-zero weather.  When the blocks are pulled from the water and meet the  cooler air, sometimes fractures form in the blocks.

Meanwhile, many of those thinner blocks we reported on a couple weeks ago have been moved into the kids park area for working into slides and maze building.  The giant ice slides are forming up nicely.  The carvers have completed several runs and the light strips are being threaded through the rails. 

Lighting strips are threaded through the rails of the ice slides

Tools of the train, a carver's chainsaw

Surprise!  You never know what might have floated into the pond before freezing.  

Sunday, 10 January 2016 04:03

2016 Ice Park Build Week 2

Remember last week the crew harvested a small section of pond?  This week work is beginning and some of that white ice is being laid as the foundation for the giant ice slides.  The An family from China, An, Di, An, Zhe, An, Qi Feng and An, Qi Ling, also from China, Wei, Tian Zuo, were found today beginning the work on the giant slides. 

Meanwhile, I discovered Keven Laughlin inside the office,  presenting his visions for some interactive and climbable kids ice works.  Can't wait to see what he's dreamed up for us this year!

As I exited the park I paused by the pond to see that crews have already sectioned off harvest plots and plowed snow off the surface to encourage deeper freezing.  There will be much more harvesting over the coming weeks, as the Ice Harvest Crew works that pond, like a farmer works a field, developing and producing the beautiful clear ice we've grown to appreciate over the years. 

First Harvest Ice is used for slides and foundations

Work begins on the giant ice slides

An, Di contours the side-wall of a slide

Blocks of ice are cut into sections and staged for placement

Sunday, 03 January 2016 02:58

2016 Ice Harvest Begins

Have you ever wondered about those giant blocks of ice used in ice carving events?  Before we get those large 36 in (91cm) thick blocks of beautiful clear ice, some prep work needs to be done.  Today a small dedicated crew, Jasper Eaton, Connie Adkins, Andie O'Grady, Tom Gullicksen, and Howard Earles, were out on the ice for the first harvest of the season.  This first harvest, the ice is still pretty thin, less than 30 inches. 

 

 

 

It's also mostly white.  That's because ice forms in layers, and the outer layer is subjected to the elements, snow, and even rain.  Think of the rind on some fruits that you have to peel off to get to the good stuff.  It's also more brittle than the clear blue ice the artists will be using in a few weeks.  However, the next batch out of that section, will have more clear ice and less white ice.

 

These first blocks of white ice won't be waisted.  They can be utilized for walls, and as base material for slides, stage, and much of the ice structure you will find around the park when it opens.

Friday, 01 January 2016 02:17

JANUARY POTLUCK

JANUARY VOLUNTEER POTLUCK

Greetings to all.  We hope this note finds you well, and we look forward to the new year, 2016.  

Our next Volunteer Potluck and planning meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 7 at 6:30 p.m. 

 

Saturday, 14 November 2015 16:56

December Potluck

Mark your calendars,

The next December Volunteer Planning Potluck is scheduled:

Thursday, December 3rd at 6:30 p.m.

At the Ice Park

Monday, 02 November 2015 02:17

2016 Event Updates

Greetings from Ice Alaska!

You might notice that our page is under construction. 2015 is coming to a close, and we at the park are now gearing up for the new 2016 event.  That means we are also in process of updating the webpages.  

While you're waiting for the new 2016 pages to show up, go ahead and mark your calendar for the important 2016 Ice Alaska Dates:  

February 29:  The Park opens and the Single Block Classic begins.

March 5: The Multi Block Classic begins.

March 15: The Youth Classic begins.  

The Ice Alaska Park will be open Februrary 29 to March 27.

Monday, 02 November 2015 01:53

November Volunteer Potluck

Announcing the next Volunteer Potluck: 

Thursday, November 5, at 6:30 p.m.

at the Ice Park 

Stop by Thursday evening and catch up on the planning for the 2016 Ice Alaska Events.  Volunteers are already busy working on infrastructure and technical issues so they won't be a problem once we reach Februrary  

Saturday, 26 September 2015 19:48

October Volunteer Potluck

Summer has ended, and the Volunteers at Ice Alaska are rounding up to plan the 2016 Event!

Stop by October 01, 2015 at 6:30

Bring a dish to share and meet your fellow volunteers.  

Also, this is the last day to purchase a $10 Membership if you want to vote at nextweek's General Membership/Board meeting.  

Saturday, 18 April 2015 23:03

2016 ICE ALASKA DATES

Plan your 2016 Wiinter activities.  

The 2016 Ice Alaska and Ice Park Events:

Park Opens Monday, Februray 29, 2016 and weather permitting will remain open until Sunday March 27, 2016

Single Block Competition February 29, 2016

Multi Block Competition March 5, 2016

 

Saturday, 18 April 2015 22:56

2016 ICE ALASKA DATES

Plan your 2016 Wiinter activities.  

The 2016 Ice Alaska and Ice Park Events:

Park Opens Monday, Februray 29, 2016 and weather permitting will remain open until Sunday March 27, 2016

Single Block Competition February 29, 2016

Multi Block Competition March 5, 2016

 

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