Polar Ice Gilbert gives bladed feet space to roam through regular public-skate sessions and provides class programs endorsed by the U.S. Figure Skating Association. A knowledgeable team of instructors can help advance the ice-skimming skills of all experience levels, including novices, aspiring Olympians, and ice fishermen in search of a greener commute. Beginning skaters start with introductory Learn to Skate classes, while more seasoned skaters can hone individual aspects of their talents such as jumps and spins through focused specialty classes.
Each Skateland & Great Skate location maintains an arsenal of tools for family fun: rows and rows of orange wheeled roller-skates, breezy air-hockey boards, and colorful arcade games. As skaters show their rolly-rink prowess, they whiz past colorful murals, depicting fireworks against a black backdrop or a beach populated by surfers and elderly grains of sand. When resting legs, kids operate claw machines, attempt levitating along with air-hockey pucks, or try their hands at skee-ball to win tickets that they can redeem for prizes. Add a reserved area, a party host, pop, and pizza to the equation, and the roller rinks also make for a exciting birthday.
With years of rink-gliding and tutoring prowess bolstering their blades, the instructors at Polar Ice Chandler tutor new skaters in the fundamentals of figure skating, hockey playing, or recreational figure-eighting during 30-minute Learn to Skate sessions. Kids 3–6 years old can enroll in Snowplow Sam Level 1–3 classes to learn basic ice skills alongside same-size tots or enroll in Parent and Me classes to pair with a trusted adult who can bolster confidence and simplify legal lingo spouted by curmudgeonly zambonis. Basic Skills sessions for skaters aged 7 and older place students in one of eight levels to learn crossovers, turns, and other techniques culled from the U.S. Figure Skating Association’s basic-skills program. Free Skate sessions hone in on the needs of more experienced spinners, and Adult/Teen sessions divide varying ages of beginner students into different levels to build coordination and promote individual progress. Hockey classes for tots and youth alike teach athletic bladers the competitive footwork traditional to the sport, such as stops, swizzles, strides, and quadruple back handsprings.
An electric, zero-emission Zamboni roves over Oceanside Ice Arena’s 200′ x 89′ rink, readying the ice for the facility’s hockey leagues, broomball competitions, and open-skate sessions attended by throngs of casual skaters. Open since 1974, the arena has built a solid reputation over the years, one that’s largely a result of hosting the practices and games of Arizona State University’s hockey teams. When the rink’s not being occupied by hockey and broomball players or Zambonis carving messages of hope into the ice, the skating public is encouraged take to the ice during designated open skate sessions.
The ice rink at Arcadia Ice Arena invites bladed feet for a full calendar of public skate times, hockey leagues, and figure-skating lessons. For public skating sessions, skaters may bring their own skates or rent hockey or figure skates before carving figure eights and love notes to the zamboni into the ice. Beginners and Olympic hopefuls alike can improve their technique through the arena's Learn to Skate programs, complete with private or group lessons.
Ice Den, named one of the top ten ice skating rinks in America by USA Today, flings open the doors to its 120,000-square-foot facility for public skating every Saturday and Sunday. The two NHL-sized rinks stay cool at a crisp 53 degrees as skaters practice figure eights or carve caricatures of the Phoenix Coyotes, who practice at the facility, into the ice. Sprint across the rink in a pair of hockey skates or elegantly leap over hockey players in figure skates, available from a toddler size 6 through an adult size 15.
Polar Ice Peoria's sparkling ice rink attracts athletes of all ages and skill levels, giving them a chance to carve their names in ice using the blades on their feet. The rink hosts basic skating, figure skating, and hockey lessons taught by skilled instructors and ranging from Learn to Skate to Power Skating, which strengthens legs for hockey matches. Staff members also captain summer camps for kids, weaving ice skating into a jam-packed schedule of activities such as arts and crafts and bounce-house sessions. Both students and campers graciously step aside to make room for the masses during public skate sessions.