When a Ball of Spray is not possible, we seek sheets of ice

FatrollFatroll Posts: 252 Solid Baller
It's not skiing, but we will take it.
2016 Ski Nautique 200 OB 2016 Radar Vapor 69.5"
Skiing in the Dad Bod Division


  • fu_manfu_man Posts: 532 Crazy Baller
    wow, that looks like some good ice. Do you always get ice like that or is that your once-in-five-years conditions?
  • WishWish Posts: 8,603 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    As far back as I can remember, that's a once in a decade thing in MN. And this year was one of them. And there I was with no skates and actually in MN in the frign winter.

    Yrs back my brother in-law, a collage hockey player from Cali, had never been on natural ice. As soon as his skates hit the ice he was GONE. He'd never been on ice that fast. He was a speck in the distance. We weren't sure when he'd come back.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,371 Mega Baller
    @fu_man there is such thing as good ice?!
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 6,200 Mega Baller
    It is fun when that happens...especially when freezes clear and you can look right down through it to the bottom. We skated 500 acres freely one year.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
  • wtrskiorwtrskior Posts: 704 Crazy Baller
    edited January 2014
    @wish. That happens fairly often around us, just depends on when it snows again.

    @mattp. Most certainly there is; bad ice is white and flakey, good ice is clear, black or blue. You can skate safely on 4" of good ice. Snowmobile on 6-8" and drive a small truck on a foot. I'll be out tearing around on my sled this weekend, love riding the ice when I can't ski on it :)
  • andjulesandjules Posts: 876 Mega Baller
    Wow, looks like the Zamboni just finished. Perfect!
  • JMLVMIJMLVMI Posts: 18 Baller
    Really jealous beer league hockey player from the south here...
  • chris_loganchris_logan Posts: 363 Crazy Baller
    @MattP have you been iced lately?
    Always looking for a pull... Will you be my boatdriver?
  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,371 Mega Baller
  • Skoot1123Skoot1123 Posts: 2,213 Mega Baller
    AWESOME pics!! PERFECT ice..... @mattp - you have to experience the other state of water in this way........at least once in your lifetime.

    At least I have hockey in the winter to keep me somewhat "sane...ish"
  • FatrollFatroll Posts: 252 Solid Baller
    The variable weather in northeast Ohio makes it tough to have consistent ice. We went from -10 to 50 in 3 days last week. Although, we tend to get 1-2 perfect days like this every year. Most of the time, there is a ton of shoveling. This was very good ice, very fast. It snowed on it last night so there will be a prework shovel workout tomorrow morning for our Saturday afternoon skate. Great way to embrace winter.
    2016 Ski Nautique 200 OB 2016 Radar Vapor 69.5"
    Skiing in the Dad Bod Division
  • The_MSThe_MS Posts: 6,839 Member of the BallOfSpray Hall Of Fame
    Our lake froze clear with a nice sheet of glass this fall. You get some great skating for a few days until it gets snowed on or ruined by sleet.
    Shut up and ski
  • swc5150swc5150 Posts: 2,640 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    That's a rarity to take advantage of! I grew up on a chain of 9 lakes, and this only happened to me once. It was awesome!!

    Scott Calderwood

  • BulldogBulldog Posts: 1,040 Crazy Baller
    I can remember chasing fish while skating on clear ice. A unforgettable experience.

    Mike Loeffler - "Someone somewhere is having a real problem today...My bad skiing is NOT one of them"

  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 7,128 Mega Baller
    @Bulldog Now THAT is cool. I'd pay good money for that experience.
    Nathaniel Bogan
  • The_MSThe_MS Posts: 6,839 Member of the BallOfSpray Hall Of Fame
    We found all of our jump course sub buoys and marked them.
    Shut up and ski
  • behindpropellersbehindpropellers Posts: 191 Baller
    edited January 2014

    Where are you at? How much ice is left? I'm in Ohio also.
  • xratedxrated Posts: 506 Solid Baller
    Why not flood the ski lake when the ice gets rough?
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 6,064 Mega Baller
    @xrated we flood my lake. We cut a hole in the ice and drop a sump pump in and run an extension cord up to my house.

    Our ice is mostly gone right now though. We had a couple of weeks of skating but we kept getting some snow which messed stuff up. We never got what @Fatroll had.

    Mark Shaffer

  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 3,889 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    We do that out at my parents lake place, but it involves first blowing the snow off the ice. there are small springs on their side of the lake so it overflows the ice from a couple spots and really keeps it smooth (but still thick enough)
    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
  • FatrollFatroll Posts: 252 Solid Baller
    @behindpropellers, Aurora Lake

    2016 Ski Nautique 200 OB 2016 Radar Vapor 69.5"
    Skiing in the Dad Bod Division
  • RazorRoss3RazorRoss3 Posts: 1,422 Mega Baller
    We hit the frozen lake yesterday with an ATV a snowboard and a ski rope. Who needs a mountain when you have internal combustion.
  • AndyAndy Posts: 213 Baller
    @slalom frog that is impressive. Family memories like that are priceless.
  • gsm_petergsm_peter Posts: 859 Crazy Baller
    edited January 2014
    In Sweden there are 10 000 of lakes.
    Most are Frozen during winter.
    Unfortunately the surface are often choppy or covered with to much snow.
    During great days a lot of folks are skating on them.

    I went out Saturday doing 22 km (typ 15 miles).

    The Ice was thin.
    4 cm is the bare limit (thickness Exp2) * 5 = dimension weight..
    One test with an pike and learn how thick it is.
    We had 8 cm down to 5 cm.

    Saw a 'beaver-house' and an Eagle!

    Life is too short not to enjoy every day!
  • Razorskier1Razorskier1 Posts: 3,425 Mega Baller
    RazorRoss3 swerving behind the ATV.
    Jim Ross
  • balsamcutterbalsamcutter Posts: 35 Baller
    pulled my 12 year old behind a snowmobile on a snowboard I found yesterday. we both were wondering about a slalom ski set up for snow a few minutes into it. so razor what are you skiing on?
  • Razorskier1Razorskier1 Posts: 3,425 Mega Baller
    On his snowboard.
    Jim Ross
  • andjulesandjules Posts: 876 Mega Baller
    [thread hijack:]Currently sitting in the Toronto airport, looking out at the snow blowing across the tarmac in the frigid wind... heading for Fort Lauderdale and expect to be in the course by noon tomorrow![/thread hijack]
  • FatrollFatroll Posts: 252 Solid Baller

    Hopefully this is our last skate!
    2016 Ski Nautique 200 OB 2016 Radar Vapor 69.5"
    Skiing in the Dad Bod Division
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