Columbia Freeze Tour in Bryant Park

Last week I paid a visit to Bryant Park to check out the Freeze Tour presented by Columbia Sportswear to demonstrate their new Omni-Heat Reflective outerwear. The thermal reflective technology was developed to help regulate your temperature by reflecting and retaining the warmth your body generates.

The Freeze Tour tent is set up near Citi Pond. They provide you with a coat to try on, you pick a song to sing karaoke to, and then they put you in a freezer that is 10 below zero to test out the coat. My friend and I pick Nelly “Hot in Herre” and we had a blast. Once inside the room 4 pictures are taken and then the song we chose began and was recorded. Our pictures are given to us when we finished and a couple of days later I received an email with a link to our pictures and the recording of us singing. I figured I spare you the recording and post the pictures instead :)

I must say I was pretty impressed. The jacket definitely seemed to keep me warm, although I could have been too distracted by the karaoke to notice. When I stepped out of the freezer the only part of me that felt cold was my toes. This could definitely be a good investment for upcoming ski trips and winter days ahead. Nonetheless is the a lot of fun and if you’re in the area you should give it a try.

Here’s the karaoke song list:

· Hot Hot Hot – Buster Poindexter
· Hot for Teacher – Van Halen
· Hot Stuff – Donna Summer
· Hot Blooded – Foreigner
· Hot in the City – Billy Idol
· Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice
· Drop It Like It’s Hot – Snoop Dog
· Hot in Here – Nelly
· Some Like It Hot – Power Station
· The Hotstepper – Ini Kamoze
· Warm It Up – Kriss Kross
· Hot N Cold – Katy Perry

The Columbia Freezer Tour Tent will be open daily from approximately 11am to 8pm until November 30th.

Ice Skating in Bryant Park is here!!

Today my favorite outdoor ice skating rink opens up, Citi Pond in Bryant Park! Perfect timing just as the weather begins to get cooler. So long 80 degree Indian Summers, hello Winter winds and snow! The grand opening celebration will be from 6-7pm with musical performances by Broadway’s Sister Act and Rock of Ages. There will also be ice skating performances and live music from Hillside Elementary School’s Drums of Thunder. After the grand opening celebration the rink will be open to the public from 7pm-12am, and free skate rentals will be given to the first 100 people that arrive, beginning at 5:30pm.

I’ve been following them on twitter as they posted the progress of the rink, Celcius, and the Holiday Shops. My anticipation building for this day, and the weather is forecast to be beautiful! I went last year and had a great time. The line to get in and pick up skates moved quickly, it was easy to check in my bags, and it wasnt too crowded. There is also seating available on the inside and the outside when you need to take a break from skating.

This should definitely be on your list of this to do this winter! The rink will be open until February 26, 2012. Grab your friends and family, bring your skates or rent a pair for $14, and skate to your hearts content :). When you get tired of skating relax inside, sip on hot chocolate, and have a snack at Ice Bites, or grab a bite to eat at the restuarant Celcius and take in the views. Then head over and browse the Holiday Shops. I can’t wait to get out there! Right now I’m just doing the basics around the rink, but my the end of the season I’d like to be able to at least do 3 tricks. How are your ice skating skills? Have you ever been before?

Additional Info:

Hours of Operation: Sun-Thurs 8am-10pm and Fri-Sat 8am-Midnight

Cost: Free admission, skate rental is $14 ( bring your own skates and pay nothing)

Lockers are available for free. You can bring your own lock or purchase one for $9. Bag Check is available for medium sized bags for $7 and $10 for large bags.