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Off Kilter: Frozen ponds and ice skating rinks


Last updated 4/3/2020 at 3:42pm

For those of you who have lived in the northeast, we have a rich tradition of ice skating on frozen ponds, lakes, etc. in winter.

Unlike greater Seattle, which rarely gets a cold snap sufficient to freeze even a small pond, back east the winter ice skating season can last from late November through mid-April.

Rule of thumb – the ice should be thick enough to support you. That generally means at least three inches of ice. In all the years I skated on frozen ponds, I never got close to breaking through the ice. But on occasion you would hear the ice crack as you skated over it.

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