Clear weather and dip in the night temperature for the past few days has revived the ice skating in Shimla. This ice skating rink is the only rink in Asia where natural formation of ice happens.
This year the natural formation of ice in the rink has started well in time. We are hopeful of having a good number of skating sessions this winter, Bhuvnesh Banga, secretary of the Ice Skating Club, was quoted in the media.
From Dec 19 onwards, a thin layer of ice had started appearing on a small portion of the rink. Now in the past few days, a thick layer of ice has started surfacing on the entire rink. This is a good sign of more skating sessions in the weeks to come, he added.
Previous year the skaters were disappointed as the winter saw few really cold days. As against the normal 65 to 90 skating sessions, only 27 sessions were held between December 2008 and February 2009.
The rink is Asia’s one-of-its kind open air ice skating rink where water is sprinkled on at night and left to freeze.
If the sky is clear in the night, the chances of ice freezing are more. If the sky is cloudy, the night temperature rises and chances of ice formation are less.
The natural skating rink was developed by an Irish military official named Blessington. He had kept a bucket of water outside his residence and found in the morning that it had frozen. This gave him the idea of a skating rink and he created a small one of his own in 1920.