How to get hurt

We probably one or two people who have fallen on an icy patch of ice, often a thin cover of snow.  Rob Story wrote a article on this on the last page of the November 2017 issue of Skiing.  He was told by the Canadian Institute for Health Information that 8864 people were hospitalized after falling on ice in the 2017 season. The populatoin of the country is 37 million.  



Ice and Us

The following link is to an article by Declan McCabe.  It looks how water expands as it freezes, allowing ice to float and the ramifications for us if ice sank. 



Early Start

FIrst Ice:  We have had an early start for skating this year.  We got out on November 15 on a piece of ice on Bartlett Pond near Mineville NY.  The ice was about 2-3/8 thick and had an area about the size of a few hockey rinks...not big but it was great to get out. 

Layered Ice: Several inches of snow fell that night which submerged thin ice sheet that had formed on shallow ponds.  On November 18 the ice is still sandwich ice (about 3/4"  black ince on the bottom with an inch of watery slush in the middle with a frozen slush on the top.  Layered ice often has a particularly wide range of breakthrough strengths. Weak areas are easy to find with a test pole.  Being on ice this dodgy without a testpole or similar ice checking equipment leaves you with the widely used but foolish 'body weight test method'

 See the Key Points page for a quick review of the most important aspects of managing the risks of wild ice.