Two Rinks

On Jan. 12 we opened the doors to Ressler Motors Ice Rink at the Ice Barn adjacent to Haynes Pavilion, right in the heart of Bozeman. In addition to doubling refrigerated ice capacity, the Ice Barn has created more opportunities for participation and program development for ice enthusiasts of all ages and interests.

The convenience of having two rinks side-by-side has also provided more opportunities for the ice community to connect with one another. Curlers, figure skaters, and hockey players are learning more about each other. Youth are being mentored by more coaches, experienced athletes, and specialists. And families are expanding as they interact and share experiences with other parents, grandparents, and siblings. 

So... Are two rinks better than one? 

  • Ask the public who have 35% more public skating opportunities.
  • Ask the figure skaters who have more than 35% more ice time.
  • Ask the curlers who now have reliable and reserved ice time, curling houses, a home bonspiel competition, and have doubled their membership.
  • Ask the youth hockey players who have new home tournaments and added 60 minutes of ice time each week.
  • Ask the women, over 40 year olds and never-ever hockey players who now have leagues of their own.
  • Ask our neighboring restaurants, shops, and hotels who are welcoming more people through their doors to eat, shop and sleep.

We are so grateful for everyone who has contributed to make the second rink possible; we couldn't do this without you. And for those who have the capacity, we ask for continued support as we enter our next phase to insulate the Ice Barn. Insulation will give us the opportunity to further expand our ice season and improve both the user and spectator experience.

Consider a year-end gift to the Gallatin Ice Foundation to support the expansion of the Ice Barn - an incredible public asset that serves our community today, and will do so well into the future. Give today to support insulating the Ice Barn, because two rinks are better than one.

Four Seasons

Bozeman and its surrounding communities in southwest Montana are defined in part by long, cold winters and the enthusiastic embrace of an active lifestyle. This past January, the Gallatin Ice Foundation opened the doors to the Ice Barn - a facility that exemplifies the cold and active spirit of our communities. For its inaugural 3-month season, the Ice Barn welcomed hundreds of participants and supporters to enjoy a myriad of activities on Ressler Motors Ice Rink. From curling to sled hockey, to figure skating and hockey, our newest facility made an incredible impact on the lives of community members of all ages.

With improvements made during the summer, we were able to add two months to the 2017-2018 season for a total of 5 ½ months of on-ice programming in the Ice Barn. Already we are hearing incredible feedback from those benefiting from new and extended opportunities, and we are welcoming lots of new faces to our ice family.

Because of that feedback we are more determined than ever to further extend the capacity of Ressler Motors Ice Rink. Insulating the Ice Barn will allow our community to immediately benefit from programming on Ressler Motors Ice Rink for an extended period of time, spanning all four seasons of the year.

By doing so, we see incredible opportunities, including: 

  • Hosting specialized clinics and camps bringing in outside competition and coaches.  
  • Youth participants will be able to practice and train on ice year-round, making them more competitive with those in other regions of the US and Canada.
  • New leagues during every season - so you don't have to decide between football and hockey, or skiing and curling.   

Additionally, and perhaps most importantly, participants will benefit year-round from the valuable support and relationships they have with teammates, coaches, and fans. 

Further extending the Ice Barn season will sustain and expand the health benefits, community relationships, and local economic development that ice-based recreation currently brings to our winter months. Give today to support insulating the Ice Barn, because community shouldn't be seasonal.

Fundraising Advisory Committee and Staff Updates

Happy Wednesday! Last month, we shared the facility improvements that were made during the off-season and that we had officially completed construction of Phase II of the Ice Barn project. Today, we wanted to share a few updates as it relates to Phase III and our next big fundraising push:

First, we are thrilled to announce Pete Geddes as Chair of GIF's Fundraising Advisory Committee. Pete is the Managing Director of the American Prairie Reserve and has served as a valuable member of both the GIF and BAHA Board of Director's for nearly a decade. While Pete has remained involved as an Ex-Officio Board Member for the GIF for the past two years - we are thrilled to have is experience guiding our fundraising efforts in a more formal way moving forward. 

We've also made a few tweaks to our staff duties to better align our time and energy with our strategic goals. Moving forward, Chelsea will be serving as our Campaign Director - leading fundraising efforts for Phase III; and Anna will be serving as our Director of Special Projects - overseeing all aspects of the 8th annual Gloves Off Gala, facility advertising sales, and daily operations. 

We are excited about these subtle changes and believe they will allow us to be most effective as we look to further extend the Ice Barn season. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out. Or feel free to stop by our office - which we affectionately call "the Cabin" - located just east of the entrance to Haynes Pavilion!

Cheers,

Chelsea and Anna

Facility Improvements

With ice returning to the Ice Barn in a few short weeks, we thought we'd share with you some of the facility improvements that were made during the off-season. These improvements were facilitated and funded by the Bozeman Amateur Hockey Association, who manages rink operations, from increased operating revenue made possible in part by Ressler Motors Ice Rink last season.

Improvements that will be most visible to our users, include:

- Two digital locker room schedules

- Improved rubber flooring in the Ice Barn lobby and bathrooms

- Tiled showers in both bathrooms in the Ice Barn

- Automatic door closers on all locker room doors (so they will stay warmer)


Several other improvements that may not be as visible, but are very helpful for day-to-day operations, include:

- Improved sound system

- Digital controls for refrigeration system

- Radiant loop for Zamboni driveway (to reduce ice buildup)

Thank you BAHA for providing excellent stewardship of our rinks and of these dollars! We are grateful for you leadership.

With Phase II officially complete, the GIF has turned our eye to insulating the building so that the Ice Barn will be able to operate as a refrigerated ice arena year-round. In addition to an extended season, insulation will allow our facility to be more energy efficient and enhance the user and spectator experience. We spent the summer thoughtfully planning a set of strategies and tactics which will guide our activities for Phase III fundraising, and look forward to sharing details of that plan with you throughout the next few months.

Thank you for standing (skating, curling) alongside of us as we look to bring year-round ice to Bozeman once again! If you want to learn more about the project or how you can make a tax-deductible donation to the GIF, please contact us! 

Cheers,

Anna and Chelsea

Rendezvous at the Rink

We are looking forward to Rendez-Vous at the Rink on Saturday, Oct. 7 (details below). It's a great event for all ages and abilities - so don't be shy. Bonus... attendees will get free admission to the Montana State University Hockey Club's game against Boise State immediately following the event at 3:30 p.m. And if you are really committed to a full day of ice, join us for one more event as the Icedogs take on Great Falls in their first home game of the season.

Cheers,

Anna and Chelsea

Rink Set Up Has Begun

Rink set up in Haynes Pavilion has begun. Can you believe that ice is only 11 days away? A heartfelt thanks to the staff and volunteers with BAHA for all their work to bring the first of two rinks to life this season.

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For those wanting to help, BAHA could use extra hands painting lines on Wednesday, Sept. 20, from Noon to 6 p.m. If interested, show up with clean shoes, warm clothes and knee pads if you have them.

Finally, planning for the 8th annual Gloves Off Gala has begun and the GIF is looking for volunteers to join our planning committee. To learn more, please shoot us an email.

Cheers,

Anna and Chelsea

 

      

Vegas Golden Knights in Bozeman

Last week we had the privilege of hosting the Vegas Golden Knights for a youth street hockey clinic during their fan tour across Idaho, Montana and Utah. More than 100 kids showed up to learn (or brush up on) their hockey skills and get to know the NHL's newest team. There were lots of .new faces and even more smiles as each kid was given a t-shirt, street hockey stick and ball from team. It was so fun to see the Ice Barn alive again and certainly got all of us anxious for the upcoming season.

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We want to once again extend our sincere gratitude to the Golden Knights for including Bozeman on their tour and wish them the best of luck in their inaugural season! 

Check out the coverage by NHL.com here.

Finally, with the ice season just weeks away, make sure you check in with Bozeman's various ice clubs for program details, tickets, registration information and deadlines. There's really something for every athlete and fan! We've linked each club below for your convenience!

Cheers,

Chelsea and Anna