In Aspen, Colorado, one of the more popular winter recreational activities is ice skating, and there are a few places to do it. Three of the more popular places to ice skate in Aspen are at SK8 (aka the Silver Circle Ice Rink), the Aspen Ice Garden, and the Lewis Ice Arena. In this week's blog, we take a closer look at these three facilities. We'll also tell you about a few activities you can do there - from beginners to experts! Frias Properties of Aspen has supplied lodging for everyone from former NHL players to young couples with children experiencing their first time on the ice, so we can assist you in planning the vacation of your dreams.
SK8 (aka the Silver Ice Rink) Nothing is more amazing than ice skating outdoors at the foot of Aspen Mountain and underneath a sky full of stars. SK8 allows you to live out this fantasy, with an amazing outdoor rink at 433 E. Durant Ave. in downtown Aspen, close to the Rubey Park bus terminal and the Hyatt Grand Aspen. (Learn more about the Hyatt Grand Aspen.) Please remember that the SK8 ice rink in only available during the winter months - typically November through March, weather permitting. During the summer months, it's actually used as a cool putt-putt golf course! Current prices are $7 for adults, $5.50 for children. Skate rental is $3 per person. For more information about SK8, call them directly at (970) 925-3056. The Aspen Ice Garden Located at 233 W. Hyman Ave. near downtown Aspen, the Aspen Ice Garden has one of the best maintained surfaces in the area. It has a large, single surface, 85 feet by 185 feet, and can be rented entirely for a cost of $260 per hour. There many private and recreational events held here. This facility is only open during programmed hours and many weekends. Make sure to call ahead. For more information, call 429-1728 or 970-544-4118. The Lewis Ice Arena With an NHL-regulation surface (85 feet by 200 feet), grandstand seating for 450, and a comfortable lobby, the Lewis Ice Arena at the Aspen Rec Center (0861 Maroon Creek Road) is the most full-equipped facility in the valley. There is a skate shop that offers skate rentals and precision skate sharpening, as well as multiple team locker rooms and shower rooms. The Lewis Ice Arena is also equipped for full ADA accessibility. Programs at the Lewis Ice Arena include adult hockey leagues, curling, private rentals, pick-up hockey and birthday parties. For more information, call (970) 920-5141. If you're looking to join a team or just meet fellow skaters, there are a few clubs in Aspen to contact. Below, we'll take a closer look at a couple groups that offer more extensive figure skating opportunities. Aspen Skating Club The Aspen Skating Club began around the same time the Aspen Ice Garden was built - 1963. They have been an official member of U.S. Figure Skating since 1965. For generations, the club has produced a number of national competitors and gold-medal winners. Their membership ranges from tots to teen to adults, and from new skaters to recreational skaters to professional athletes. For further information, contact Teri Hooper at 907-370-5900. Revolutions Figure Skating Club Revolutions Figure Skating Club is located in Aspen and has been officially recognized by U.S. Figure Skating as aEUoeRevolutions Skating Club.aEU Their goal is to provide a creative environment what will foster not only learning and perfecting ice skating skills, but also nourish the soul through expression, positive feedback and fun. All coaches are members of U.S. Figure Skating and the Professional Skater's Association. Let them share their passion with you! Group sessions are held throughout the week from September through April. Group and private lessons available. For further information, contact Michelle Hocknell at (970) 618-6140.