Vinny Morin stopped by on his way to work. He was with his father who has experience building ice rinks. This was fortuitous! He suggested packing down about 4 inches of snow and spraying water on it, allowing it to freeze overnight and returning in the morning to pack more snow. This will build up a sound base and once that's accomplished the water will find its own level and we can begin freezing layers of solid ice from that point.
Vinny helped us shovel in the snow and pack it down. With the temperature fluctuations and the prediction of rain, the weather may work in our favor (providing we are careful with our timing and snow to water ratios.)