Steel blades rhythmically slice the ice across two spacious rinks at Ice-Plex (formerly Iceoplex Escondido), an all-purpose facility pairing leisurely open skates with practiced instruction from director Courtney Moebs and a staff of pro figure skaters. Specialties span everything from choreography and freestyle to ice dancing and yeti dodging, though basic lessons for both kids and adults are also available. Public-skating sessions beckon amateurs and experts on a daily basis, during which skaters can emulate the moves of their favorite hockey players. Replete with a well-appointed gym, indoor pool, and jacuzzi, an attached fitness center offers classes in aerobics, aquatics, and an aquatic-aerobics class led by an off-duty Aquaman.
The pristine sheets of ice at Ice Palace’s outpost in Aliso Viejo serve as a well-kept tundra ideal for diversions such as hockey, figure-skating, and public skating sessions. Future NHL stars and misinformed basketball players can both sharpen their stick-handling skills in the facilities' Learn to Play Hockey programs, whereas Learn to Figure Skate sessions teach beginners everything from forward and backward moves to entry-level jumps and spins. Held throughout the week, open skating sessions allow the general public to let loose as couples slip on their skates, hold hands, and fearlessly tie each other's laces.
Operated by a staff of skating enthusiasts, The 949 Roller Hockey Center supplies a safe and thrilling wheel-whirling experience for skaters of all ages. After lacing up a sleek pair of clean, rentable rollers, customers can meet a need for grounded speed by racing their friends, playing roller tag, or attempting to be the first skater to break the sound barrier. After open skate, drained wheel jockeys can replenish their stomach tanks at the snack bar or vie for video-game glory in the quarters arcade (not included with this Groupon).
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.
For more than 34 years, San Diego Ice Arena has hosted weekly public skating sessions on their indoor rink including mascot-led games for kids, teen nights full of pop music and disco lights, and adults-only events scored to hits from the ‘80s and ‘90s. During classes, coaches give skaters individualized attention, guiding them through the basics or teaching them complex jumps that could help them leap over Lego buildings in a single bound. Figure skaters can also hone their skills during private lessons or freestyle sessions, while hockey players race after pucks during in-house league games, adult pick-up sessions, or private youth lessons.
San Diego Ice Arena’s pro shop stocks plenty of hockey and figure-skating gear, and skaters can also bring in their skates for a variety of maintenance services including skate sharpening, skate stretching, and blade repair.
Sharpened ice skates trace paths around La Jolla Ice Town's icy interiors, offering a wintry change of pace from the temperate San Diego climate. Open seven days a week for open skate, the sports center spruces up laps around the rink with a live DJ paired with disco lights every Friday and Saturday night.
Professional coaches also tutor skaters on elegant stops, turns, and crossovers during figure-skating classes and teach athletes to maneuver pucks during youth and adult hockey clinics. Additionally, family-friendly activities, such as birthday parties, broomball, hockey games, and an annual ice show, attract visitors and inspire them to transform a jacuzzi tub into a personal-size skating rink.