The arena and its natural ice surface was buried when the roof collapsed from the weight of snow in 2005.
The community is only accessible via land when a 100 mile long ice road is built each winter. Boat or plane is required the rest of the year.
The arena became the first rink in North America to a synthetic surface to replace the ice. To be able to use an ice surface for more than 3 months a year, it would take an investment of about $2 million in an ice making system and about $300,000 in maintenance costs. The synthetic surface cost $559,000 to install and has a life expectancy of about 20 years (ten years on each side)