We are planning to begin filling rinks this week to take advantage of this early extra cold weather. Here are some things to keep in mind. It is best to have at least three nights of below freezing temps in order to get solid ice. If it freezes and warms you may get shale ice, which is not good. (See latest NECN Weather Forecast) Try to fill the rink when there isn’t much wind. Trying to keep the liner in place as the water fills is a challenge in high wind. If there is an upcoming storm (as is predicted for Sat/Sun), fill a little less to leave room for the new accumulation. If possible it might be best to wait until after the storm. Rain would be better for the ice surface than snow, which is a challenge to remove sometimes. More info on that in future blogs!