Do you dream of spinning and gliding across the ice like a professional figure skater? Maybe instead you want to breakaway and pass like an ice hockey player. Though only the best compete, a little practice can help you skate like a pro. Here in the Northwest, there are many places to lace up your skates and give ice skating a whirl.
Figure skates vs. hockey skates
The boot, blade and shape of hockey and figure skates differ for each sport. Figure skates are designed with a toe pick for jumps and a long, curved blade for spinning. The leather boot gives figure skaters the support and movement they need to perform deep knee bends. Hockey skates are designed for speed, turns and quick stops. The shorter, curved blade makes it hard to spin, but allows hockey players to gain speed and stop quickly. The boots are made out of hard plastic to provide the ankle support hockey players need.
Whether you’re mastering axel jumps or hockey stops, give one of these Northwest skating rinks a try.
Highland Ice Arena – This Shoreline ice rink’s claim to fame is bringing the first ever Zamboni to the Northwest. Check out Highland’s schedule for public skating hours. Highland Ice Arena also offers group figure skating lessons and hockey lessons.
Lynwood Ice Center – Family fun and a safe environment are two hallmarks of the home of the Seattle Skating Club and Seattle Jr. Hockey Association. Play around during public skating sessions, or take skills to the next level by signing up for Lynwood Ice Center’s Learn To Skate Program.
Sno-King Ice Arena – Experience the thrill and excitement of ice skating in Kirkland. Develop skills, confidence and community by learning to figure skate, play hockey, or freestyle skate during public hours.
Lloyd Center Ice Rink – This rink is conveniently located in the center of Lloyd Center Mall in Portland. The Lloyd Center Ice Rink offers public skating sessions, private and group ice skating lessons and Broomball games.
Mountain View Ice Arena – Located in Vancouver, Wash., the Mountain View Ice Arena is the perfect place for frozen fun. Improve your skills with their Learn To Skate Academy, join a hockey league or skate during public sessions.
Winterhawks Skating Center – Ice skate at the Portland Winterhawks’ official practice facility in Beaverton. The skating center hosts learn to skate lessons, hockey leagues and clinics, and of course, public skating sessions.
Where to train, rent and buy
All six ice rinks featured offer lessons and skate rentals during public hours. Northwest ice skating shops that sell equipment include:
Highland Ice Arena – Shoreline, Wash.
2nd Base – Seattle, Wash.
Sherwood Ice Arena Pro Shop – Sherwood, Ore.
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