IceTown helps kids and adults become nimble on their blades with open-skate hours every day of the week as well as hockey and figure-skating instruction. Free introductory Hockey Academy and Skating Academy lessons, both open to boys and girls aged 3 and older, teach agility, puck-smashing skills, and how to carve an ice sculpture with a series of precise blade kicks. Adults brush up on hockey skills in clinics separated by gender, and groups can take part in sled hockey or broomball. IceTown also opens its doors to birthday revelers, providing use of its party room, access to open skate, and 30 minutes on its rock wall.
Nobody in Santa Monica has a snow-covered slope in their backyard to practice slalom runs. Some think they can just march up a mountain and dominate a black diamond on courage and instinct alone. Instead, they wind up face first in snow, wishing they’d practiced.
In order to prepare skiers and snowboarders for the real deal, and to spare them from slushy, frostbitten shame, two-time world ski champion Bob Salemo devised his innovative Virtual Snow training system. In a controlled indoor environment far away from menacing ski lifts and snowballs tossed by mountain goats, winter-sports enthusiasts perfect their maneuvers in fun training drills led by skilled instructors and the clever teachings of Salemo himself. The faux ski-course simulator, which resembles a large conveyor belt, mimics the smooth surface and wily turns of a downhill slope as its snowy surface rolls beneath the feet of students on skis or snowboards. Future Picabo Streets or Shawn Whites not only expand their abilities to new levels, but they can also practice tricks without bailing out and shake off any bad habits they learned from sleet gangs.