All About Ice Skating in Nepal
All About Ice Skating in Nepal: – If we literally go on the meaning of the ice skating, then its simply moving on the ice by the use of ice skates. Therefore, from the word only we are very clear that this is the activity to be done on the ice with the use of ice skates.
Ice skates can be enjoyed on the ice surface that might be prepared indoor or outdoor. It would be more interesting to enjoy this adventurous activity in the naturally formed frozen ice.
Beside this, it would also be interesting to enjoy ice skating on the natural bodies as a pond, lake, and rivers too. The history of the ice skating takes us back to the 17th century, during which the ice skating was brought from the Netherlands to Great Britain. The game was introduced to England in the society of British aristocracy and this was gradually developed to the game for all the people of the country.
Slowly, the game also became popular, as a means of recreation, a means of transport and the fabulous sport in the England for the people from all walks of life. Though this recreational activity was gradually developed as the sports and matches were held, there is still no any evidence that when the first skating match was held. But by the early 19th century, the race was established.
Gradually, the local match reached to the top at the international level with the passage of time and also the more artistic way of ice skating was developed. Several dance elements were entered within the skating making the adventure more interesting and the adventure was modified within itself in terms of speed and rules with the formation of international ice skating organization.
Talking about the physical mechanism of ice skating, there is the layer of molecules of ice on the surface and there is the tight layer of ice beneath the surface level. These molecules are generally in a semi-liquid state that provides the lubrication.
The slippery layer is generally one molecule thick as with the increment in the temperature the slippery in the ice layer molecules increases. The special shoe that is to be worn while carrying out this adventurous activity is the ice skating boots. This is the adventurous activity; therefore the adequate amount of safety is to be maintained.
The several games or the recreational activity that can be played under the ice skating is mentioned below:
Ice hockey, curling, speed skating, figure skating, tour skating, ice cross downhill, ringette and so on. These are also the sports carried out within the skating rink of the ice.
Since this is also one of the adventurous activities, it is also carried out in the different places of Nepal like Kathmandu, Pokhara and so on with the safety measures.It is not hidden from anyone that Nepal is the mountainous country with the beautiful landscapes.
Among the 14 Himalayas that lays above the 8000 meter, 8 Himalayas lies in Nepal only. This has been boon for the country to carry out different adventurous activities attracting people from all above the world.
Among all the adventurous activities like bungee jumping, trekking, hiking, paragliding and so on, ice skating is also one. Nepal is considered one of the favorite or best destinations for the ice- skating adventures. When the visitors desire to go on the trekking and enjoying the scenic and panoramic beauty of the country, they can take the advantage of ice skating experience in the icy surface.
In order to carry out the ice skating, you can visit the spots in the country side or also on the mountain base as per your own desire. Though there is some artificial ice skating spot built or set up by the people, Nepal is rich in its own mountain and Himalayas base.
It is generally seen in Nepal that visitors from Nepal as well as from the other countries climb to the mountains i.e. mountaineer and reaching the ice skating spot they carry out the next adventurous activities i.e. ice skating too.
Besides, the visitors may reach the spot with the sole intention of enjoying the ice skating too. Since Nepal is such a nature gifted country that in the favorable season you are able to grab the opportunity of various adventurous activity.
Several institutions are also established within the country that provides the package of adventurous activities including ice skating too. The mountainous base of Mount Everest and mount Annapurna provides the opportunities for the ice skating in the country. Similarly, the lake frozen with ice surface also provides for the opportunity of the ice skating in the country.
There are also several ice skating spots within Katmandu valley. With the development of the mall in Nepal, ice skating is getting more exposed towards the people and same is the situation of Kathmandu valley. The area coverage within which the ice skating is carried out is known as the skating rink. Here in the different mall of Kathmandu, the parents are also spotted with their children within the skating rink.
Besides perceiving ice skating as the adventurous activities, the visitors also think the activity as the good way to utilize the holiday. The mall-like civil mall of Kathmandu city has developed the ice skating rink with the help of synthetic marbles and these marbles create the artificial skating rink.
The trainer are present there to make the visitors learn the skill of ice skating who desires to do so. According to the trainer, the different between the real ice and synthetic marbles may not be known unless and until you try for the activity.
It is really interesting that the concept of ice skating is relatively new in Nepal and because of this, people are very much eager and excited to enjoy the skating within the rink.
Similarly trainers are also very much excited and have a jolly mood to train people to enjoy this exciting activity and also to make the people enter the skating rink. Some of the parents take their kids along with them inside the skating rink to enjoy this unique adventure while some of the parents let their kids enjoy alone in the skating rink.
Ice skating rink set up in those malls has made the kids to come out of the gadgets, internet games and various other indoor games. Besides, this has also made the people to enjoy with their children in their busy times.
The matter is that since, ice skating boots are not available in Nepal; generally hockey skating board that is used by hockey players is used in Nepal. Basically during the public holidays, school and college children come in such ice skating activities to enjoy the adventure.
During the adventure, children also were concerned about the slipping while ice skating. The session for ice skating has also been differentiated into each half hour.
The trainers are usually around the ice skating rink to make sure that the children don’t fall while skating in the rink. As per the trainers, everyone slip or fall during the first time of their ice skating in the rink, and its normal but there are trainers around the rink to make sure that no any skaters get the bad injury.
If you are confident in yourself and focus on your learning period of the skating, then for sure you will be able to skate in a good way and have a good time during your holidays.
The ice skating place set up in the different spots, malls or in some institute is the public recreation spot where different people enjoy with their friends, parents and also another person. The indoor skating rink called KPM skating rink has been set up on the sixth floor of the civil mall. The skating can be fun for the weekends and vacations with your family, friends, and relatives.
Synthetic ice skating
It is already known that indoor ice skating rink is set up within Nepal. Now the question comes, how the rink is prepared. A solid polymer material called as synthetic ice is designed for skating and generally normal metal blade ice is used for the preparation. The skating rinks are constructed by interlocking those ice polymers.
Synthetic ice is also called artificial ice, but that term is ambiguous, as it is also used to mean the mechanically frozen skating surface created by freezing water with the refrigerating equipment.
Synthetic ice rink does not require water or cooling. This synthetic polymer of ice reduces the danger of flooding of water and also reduces the running costs of ice.
The ice skating rinks is set up in the form complete with synthetic ice sheets, a boarding, skates and a skate sharpener. Kings of entertainment, located in Vasundhara in Kathmandu valley has also developed a program called Rink Control.
With the help of this program, we can check the skates in and out by using a chip that is generally embedded in the skate itself. This makes the customer pay for the time during which he or she actually was on the ice and because of this, we won’t have any hassle with keeping track of how long the customers have been on the ice skating rink.
Since the skating, an adventurous activity takes place on the ice surface; various safety measures shall be considered. For the safety measures to be maintained, the factors like the roughness of the ice, design of the ice skating rink as well as the skill and experience of the skater shall also be taken into considered.
Falling on the slippery surface can be fatal if the helmet is not worn during the skating. If seen in the international sports cases, many skaters have fallen seriously because of the head trauma.
Because of the protection and trainers within the skating rink, the accidents are very rare but there always exist uncertainty and the safety measures are to be taken for those uncertainties. The chance of accident is more likely in case of the ice skating within the rink is because of the pair skating.
Now if we again have a thinking on the natural water bodies i.e. freezing ice on the natural bodies like ponds, lakes and other natural bodies. The accident here may occur into the freezing water underneath the ice surface.
Sometimes the death may also occur because of the shock, drowning or hypothermia. It is because the skaters face difficulties or let’s say it is almost impossible to climb back on the ice again as the ice breaks repeatedly.
Sometimes the skaters also may not find the hole or break through of the ice through which they have fallen in the freezing water. Therefore it is generally suggested that the skaters should never skate alone or in the darkness and also need to bring the nails or ice claws so that the skaters can climb upon the ice with the good grip.
Also they can climb upon the ice and pull themselves out from the water through any break through. This is the most dangerous accident that may happen to the skaters. It is also observed from the past records that number of skaters have been paralyzed after falling into the water.
Therefore, it would be best to avoid collusion or pair skating as well as skating in the darkness. In the case of Nepal also, the trainers are very conscious about the accident that may happen with the ice skaters so they are generally present around the skating rink.
Thus in such adventurous activities, precautionary measures should be taken into consideration with much consciousness so that the interesting, recreation activity does not result for any serious or fatal accident.
Besides being the fun and adventurous activity, ice skating is also beneficial for health. From several health issues, one can get rid with the help of ice skating. Here are some of the health benefits that we can expect with the help of ice skating:
- Stronger joints: Ice skating is the activity which makes less impact or pressure on the body, so ice-skating goes easy on the joints. Since ice-skating calls for the synchronized movement of the person’s legs, the joints and muscles of the body will become stronger and more flexible. Therefore, ice skating is in a way exercise to have the stronger and healthy joints in the body.
- Better stability and coordination: As per the research, it is known that ice-skating works on small stabilizer muscles which we find difficult to exercise for. Whenwe starts learning to balance and move across a slippery surface while skating on the ice rink, we are able to train ourselves to stay on own feet on the ice and this helps for the translation of the improvement of the overall sense of balance of the body.
- Lower-body benefits: While skating will definitely be strengthening and balancing the large muscles of our legs, bottom part of our body and also the core part as we glide on the ice. Besides this, the emphasis is also given on the lower-body part of the body and the movement on those part means strengthening legs, gluteus muscles, and bum. Therefore this is the next health benefits of the ice skating.
Prospects of ice skating in Nepal
Some of the ice skating rinks can be spotted in Kathmandu and Lalitpur in several malls, whereas some of the ice skating activities can also be carried out in the natural bodies of water in Nepal. But since this is the adventurous activity, adequate precautionary and safety measures should be taken into consideration while indulging in ice skating.
In the artificial rink set up in the different malls of Kathmandu and Lalitpur, trainers are present around the rink to prevent any accident that may happen with the skaters within the rink. Ice skating is not only the adventurous or fun activity to carry out but also has the several health benefits like strengthening larger muscles as well as the smaller muscles.
Especially, lower parts of the body and joints get stronger and flexible with the help of the skating.