LAKE PLACID – White, black or unpainted – which ice color is best to skate on?

Frequent visitors to the 1932 Jack Shea Arena in Lake Placid’s Olympic Center might notice something different these days. While the rink still boasts skaters of all ages and abilities participating in the Lake Placid Summer Skating program, the ice they are skating on has a distinctly different look.

This summer, the rink’s ice was not painted white, as is usually done in most rinks. Instead, the ice is more translucent, giving a more “natural” look as viewers can see the concrete under the ice surface.


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