Whenever the leaves begin to yellow and a chill returns to the air, a young person's fancy turns to thoughts of snowy sports. Don't tell that to the skaters at Blue Line Family Ice Center, though; whether in the depths of winter or the heights of summer, they practice their on-ice craft at the facility's year-round rink. Hockey players and figure skaters alike find a home here, with leagues and lessons awaiting those looking to hone their craft.
We are the oldest continually running curling club in United States. Season runs from mid Oct. thru March. There are 4 sheets of ice, a large viewing area, and bar room for food and beverage service. The club has over 200 members ranging in age from 5 to 85. Members curl as much or as little as they like.
Logger's Park Sports Complex feels a lot like a kids' camp?except that people of all ages are welcome. During the summer, outdoor diamonds and courts host softball, volleyball, and kickball leagues for men's, women's, and coed-teams. Three streams and two waterfalls of the mini-golf course provide a tranquil, babbling soundtrack and a convenient spot for a celebratory hole-in-one cannonball.
That's only the summer, though?but Wisconsin winter doesn't stop the fun. An ice rink opens once temperatures drop, letting visitors strap sharp shiny things on their feet and glide peacefully in circles. In all weather, Logger's Pub & Pizza solves hunger dilemmas with a menu that includes burgers, wings, and pizzas, while the all-you-can-eat pizza and wings buffet available during football season fires fans up to watch Aaron Rodgers throw stuff.
Skaters Edge entertains inner children and regular children with a 22,000-square-foot skating facility, lined with gleaming maple wood and accented by a glowing arcade. A pair of classic-style roller skates gather speed over the slick surface, propelled by retro tunes and an opulent light show. An online schedule outlines the skate house's availability for open skate hours. This Groupon includes skate rental, but patrons can bring their own skates or rollerblades provided they adhere to the Skaters Edge rink rules and the no-cooties rule.
The crisp sound of ice skates slicing across fresh ice fills Appleton Family Ice Center, a nonprofit community rink that hosts ice-based sports, skating lessons, and open-skate times. New renovations present visitors with healthier options at the concession stand and a brand-new skating surface as smooth as a silk scarf wrapped around Kenny G. When it’s not hosting birthday parties or serving as the home base for the Fox Cities Ice Dogs or Valley Figure Skating Club, the center also welcomes the public for evening events that include live music, refreshments, and periodic sweeps from a Zamboni decorated like a fire truck.
One of 12 indoor 400-meter ovals in the world and the only sea-level oval in the United States accessible to athletes, the nonprofit Pettit National Ice Center has become an essential destination for speed skaters training for the 2014 Olympic Games. Practicing skaters join the ranks of Apolo Anton Ohno, Chad Hedrick, and Shani Davis, all of whom have competed or trained at Pettit, participated in the last five Winter Olympics, and beaten an avalanche into submission. With its 155,000-square-foot arena and 97,000 square feet of ice, the Olympic training site has hosted the 2005 U.S. National Short Track Championship and eight international speed-skating competitions.
In addition to Olympic-caliber sportspersons, Pettit accommodates nearly 400,000 annual visitors for public-skating sessions and lessons in skating, figure skating, and speed skating. Skating clubs, hockey leagues, curling, and wheelchair- and special-needs-skating classes commence on two 100'x200' rinks. Meanwhile, spectators and Olympic torches on their day off can sidestep the ice by contemplating infinity while resting in a lounge overlooking the arena, or jogging around the 443-meter track circling the ice oval.