I have a rather large pond --
I have considered making a skating rink on it, but before I ever would venture out on the ice, I would make sure it is a lot thicker than an inch. Back home in Northern Ontario, we used to flood the snow to liquefy it and then it let it freeze. You need a good 6 inches to be somewhat safe for walking and skating. I would be hoping for much more. A minimum of 12 inches before I would put Ellie on it to clear snow. That is the goal eventually to have a skating hut/sugary on the south end of the pond. Ramp is already built to get on the ice. May try it this year .. we will see.
Here is a chart from the Old Farmer's Almanac