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OK, I'll start by saying that I'm a bit spoilt since up until 2 years ago I used to live in cities that had regular skating rinks so for years I've been able to do some amateur figure skating. 2 years ago I moved to a city which does not have a normal skating rink (and the nearest rink is about 170km/100 miles away - not an option for continuing with figure skating, especially since I don't have a car). Until this year, however, around Christmas the city was setting up those small, lousy, crowded skating rinks. These were terrible but better than nothing - at off-peak hours I could even train some jumps and spins. Well, this year they decided to use synthetic "ice" instead...
I've tried to research something about this "ice" but I can't find any reliable information - i.e. from people who do some figure skating (regardless of the level, I just mean "not people who skate once a year with their friends" but actually attempt step sequences, spins, jumps etc. and own their own skates).
My main concern is the result the "ice" has on the blades. I did find out that even the manufacturers admit that the synthetic "ice" blunts the blades way more than real ice but I wonder how much of a problem this is. My blades are already not in their sharpest condition and I can't sharpen them (no skating rink around = no sharpener who knows what they're doing so I haven't had a chance to sharpen my blades after last year's few trips to those little skating rinks they set up; and yes, they do have sharpeners at these synthetic rinks but I wouldn't trust them with my blades).
Except for the sharpness - is there any way in which the synthetic "ice" damages the blades? I mean as in a permanent way?
Any other comments about skating on synthetic "ice" will be greatly appreciated!
Thanks in advance for your input!