Ice Skating in Lake Los Angeles

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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.

24510 Highway 2
Wrightwood,
CA
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Three Yelpers give Billy's Boardshop an average of 4.5 stars, and more than 2,700 Facebookers like the shop:

2227 Honolulu Ave
Montrose,
CA
US

At Jump Around Indoor Trampoline Park, guests can soar through the air, skate outdoors, and even score on a dodgeball court. Trampolines send kids flying during open-play sessions, and a foam pit cushions jumpers after mid-air tricks. Outside, groups travel around the roller rink on skates or sneakers that have been coated in crude oil. Jump Around also hosts energizing Air-obics classes, as well as parties that celebrate birthdays and other occasions.

7209 East Ave
Fontana,
CA
US

A friendly staff mans Pickwick Gardens' pleasant bowlery, where 24 well-maintained synthetic lanes treat clown-shoed families and friends to old-fashioned, no-frills pin punishment. Slap on some bowling shoes ($3 daily, $4 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday) and challenge a chum to three-fingered skeeball at a time of your choosing (game prices range from $3 to $6, depending on time of day and week), or bust out the automatic bumpers (for ages 7 and under) and treat a wee one to a bout of life-sized pinball. Cosmic bowling lets grounded astronauts put a new spin on asteroid dioramas on Fridays and Saturdays starting at 7 p.m.

1001 W Riverside Dr
Burbank,
CA
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Former Olympic bronze medalist Lloyd Eisler oversees the LA Kings Valley Ice Center's day-to-day operations, which include public skating sessions, private lessons, and hockey leagues designed for youth, adult, and special-needs players. Thanks to extensive renovations in the fall of 2011, the facility now sports a sleek lobby with energy-efficient lighting. The two-rink facility hosts birthday parties and runs a well-stocked pro shop where you can get hockey sticks and helmets or sharpen your blades after skating across the parking lot.

8750 Van Nuys Blvd
Panorama City,
CA
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At Jump Around Indoor Trampoline Park, guests can soar through the air, skate outdoors, and even score on a dodgeball court. Trampolines send kids flying during open-play sessions, and a foam pit cushions jumpers after mid-air tricks. Outside, groups travel around the roller rink on skates or sneakers that have been coated in crude oil. Jump Around also hosts energizing Air-obics classes, as well as parties that celebrate birthdays and other occasions.

7391 East Ave.
Fontana,
CA
US