I have used these and they have held up well...at least for the initial filling. Once the water is in, I have folded the liner over the boards and user a spare board to hold the liner in place...http://www.homedepot.com/p/HDX-2-in-Spr ... 46?N=c266#
Also, some completely unsolicited advice....
If you can, fill now. Its super cold right now in the midwest, and going to be for awhile...so if you fill now, you might come back after New Years and be able to skate. That is what happened to us after New Years last year....we cam back after vacation and had ice to skate on....
Only issue might be if it snows....but it is a risk I would take (plus if Ice is thick enough you could pay neighbor kid to shovel).
Best of luck,