Auburn on Ice: New rink ready for skating

By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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Ice skaters now have a surface in Auburn to show off their best hockey and figure-skating moves.

On Wednesday, Boston-based Artificial Ice Events put down a 40-by-54-foot surface at the Gold Country Fairground in preparation for skating at the temporary rink that will be in place through Jan. 2.

The synthetic surface of interlocking polypropylene tiles was installed at the fairgrounds on Wednesday and then sprayed with a food-based lubricant to provide skaters with an ice-skating experience without the ice.

Don Ales, Gold Country Fairgrounds executive director, said the rink is ready for the Mountain Mandarin Festival starting Friday and the DeLights of December event Nov. 30 to Dec. 2 at the fairgrounds.

Adding to the Christmas magic, a Placer High Band Boosters’ Christmas Tree lot will be located near the rink at the fairgrounds this year.

Skate session times are 10-11:30 a.m., noon to 3:30 p.m., 4-5:30 p.m., 6-7:30 p.m. and 8-9:30 p.m. Prospective skaters are being asked to check the fairgrounds website for up-to-date days and hours of operation. Public skating hours could change as more night-time private events are booked, Ales said.

Pricing for each 90-minute session is $10 for 8 years or under, $12 for 9- to 59-year-olds, and $10 for 60 years and up.

The Gold Country Fairgrounds is making a longer-term commitment to bringing skating to the holiday season in Auburn. Ales said a skating rink is already budgeted for next year’s Christmas season as well.