Unexpected chiller repairs and impacts from the weekend snowstorm have forced the postponement of the Siskiyou Ice Rink’s opening day.

Unexpected chiller repairs and impacts from the weekend snowstorm have forced the postponement of the Siskiyou Ice Rink’s opening day.

Instead of Thanksgiving Day, the Rink will open for the season on Friday, Dec. 3, said Mount Shasta Recreation and Parks District administrator Mike Rodriguez.  

MSRPD maintenance supervisor John Zanni reported the lengthy process to get the ice sheet prepared for the opening was stalled last week when a chiller compressor failed.  Repairs were made, but just in time for the weekend storm.  

Efforts to remove nearly two feet of snow and a rough build-up of “junk ice” from the ice rink slab is underway and will continue into the weekend, postponing the beginning of the ice making process until early next week, Zanni said.

 Ironically, the below average temperatures forecast for the next few days work against the formation of a quality ice sheet, which takes approximately 48 hours of non-stop work by the ice-making crew, comprised of staff and volunteers, Zanni explained.

“Ice making will get underway as soon as possible, and as long as the weather cooperates we expect to have a skateable ice sheet by Friday, Dec. 3,” Rodriguez said. “We’re extending the 2010/2011 season an extra two weeks until Feb. 14, rather than closing on  Jan. 30  in order to provide an enjoyable skating season.”

For more information about the Siskiyou Ice Rink’s schedule and season passes call the Recreation office at 926-2494.  The Rink can be reached at 926-1715 with recorded updates posted daily.  Visit the District web-site – msparks.org – for rink information and updates.