The sounds of slap shots and blades carving the ice resound through Big Bear Ice Arena as it sets the stage for visitors participating in hockey, figure skating, and a host of other games. Hockey programs for kids and adults follow the rules and regulations set forth by USA Hockey, which allows slap shots but not checking or doing burnouts in a Zamboni. When pucks aren't careening from board to board, figure skaters can glide out onto the ice for programs that range from a Learn to Skate class to competitive team events. Less competitive patrons, meanwhile, can log their time on the ice through games such as bandy and broomball or casual open skates.
At Rich City Skate, enthusiastic staffers emphasize the athletic benefits and sheer fun of skating. Kaleidoscopic washes of red, yellow, and blue sheathe the voluminous facility, which houses a sprawling hardwood arena. Skaters soar in circles while mustering the courage to hold their sweetheart’s hand or knock the fez off a nemesis' head. Clacking billiard balls pair with the bleeps and bloops of arcade games in the food court, which serves all-beef hot dogs and fizzy sodas. Skating lessons are also available, instructing beginners on the proper posture, basic technique, and how the rise of roller skates came to render horses obsolete.
Shoppers at Southlands can take a break by taking a turn on this icy outdoor skating rink. Families and friends can lace up rented hockey or figure skates, then take to the ice to enjoy the crisp, cold air as they practice spins and backward maneuvers or fine-tune impersonations of a baby deer learning to walk.
At amphitheaters, parks, and ice rinks throughout the city, Boulder Creek Events organizes get-togethers to inspire and connect community members. Each year, they bring more than 500 food vendors together with musicians and carnival rides for the Boulder Creek Festival. They also coordinate classic car shows and outdoor skating events. During the winter, BCE Productions fuels ice skaters with warm concessions, and during the summer the crew transforms the Twenty Ninth Street Plaza into a rink ideal for roller skates and guests with the latest trend in wheeled pedicures.
Voted “Best Ice Rink” by the Colorado Springs Gazette in 2009, and sweeping the category ever since, The Sertich Ice Center houses an NHL-sized ice rink and seating for up to 2,000 inside a 35,000 square foot facility. The Center regularly hosts open skating for the public, as well as birthday party packages, lessons, figure skating, and youth and adult hockey.
Over the course of Lace'em Up's three private lessons, an experienced instructor will cover the basics of skating, including the different parts of the blades, weight placement in the boots, and how to tell the left skate from the right skate. Beginner-level ice-carvers will then master the techniques of skating forward and backward, crossovers, transitional turns, speedy maneuvers, and stopping without the aid of walls or gravity. Each lesson's one-on-one attention ensures that skaters will stockpile skills at the fastest possible rate until they're capable of rocketing across the ice like a well-oiled dolphin on a Slip-n-Slide.