What is synthetic ice?

Synthetic ice is a polymer-based ice skating surface. It is a type of plastic that takes slightly more effort to skate on it than real ice. But, if you're skating on a high-quality modern synthetic ice surface, the difference is very slight. Advances in synthetic ice have improved it greatly over the past 10 years or so. Some of the high-end artificial ice products currently on the market really do skate just like ice. You can read more about what synthetic ice is below: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synthetic_ice http://superglideskating.com