The rink at Channel Islands Ice Center is a space for public skating, a classroom for skating school, and a frozen venue for hockey and figure skating. A nonprofit organization operated by the Channel Islands Figure Skating Club and Channel Islands Riptide Hockey Club, the ice center has a stake in varied community endeavors. The center also hosts ballet, tap, and jazz classes designed to complement ice-skating skills and teach students how to evade a would-be attacker with a graceful plié and well-timed pirouette.
The frosty rinks at Iceoplex have supported the arabesques of professional figure skaters and served as the backdrop in feature films. During public skating hours, though, anyone can stop by for a glide on the ice. Visitors can rent hockey or figure skates for the day, hold events in heated party rooms, or play games in the video arcade. Beginning skaters can attend skating school or take hockey lessons.
Tisha Walker has dedicated more than three decades to the sport of figure skating. And if you browse her accomplishments, it seems as though she hasn't wasted a single day. Tisha was an alternate on the 1992 U.S. Olympic team, as well as a national medalist, an international gold medalist, and a member of the World Team. Instead of letting all that experience go to waste, or using it to start a team of adorable, but ultimately useless ice-skating squirrels, Tisha now helps other skaters learn basic skills or start their own careers on the ice. She offers private lessons to recreational and competitive students, and is flexible enough to teach techniques in other icy activities such as hockey and power skating.
Each winter, the Woodland Hills Ice rink appears at the Westfield Promenade. More than 7,000 square feet of solid ice supports skaters throughout the season as they enjoy open recreational sessions, skating classes, private lessons, and parties. Towering pines surround the open-air rink, providing a romantic backdrop for couples and an inspiring setting for hockey players in training montages.
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.
It's the textbook definition of a winter wonderland. Every year, the corner of 5th and Arizona undergoes a seemingly magical transformation into a beachside ice skating rink. This 8,000-square-foot expanse of scientifically hardened water offers the perfect place for Santa Monicans to take a rosy-cheeked date, get down with DJ-spun tunes, or play-act a winter day in Vladivostok with friends. Skates can be rented onsite and the whole rink can be rented out for private events or birthday parties. ICE Santa Monica runs from November 6 to January 19.