A community fixture since 1974, Eagles Ice-A-Rena’s two skating rinks host blade-mounted competition and recreation for skaters of all stripes. The subzero surfaces train novices with a bevy of beginners’ classes geared towards both general skating skills and hockey-specific abilities, preparing pupils for games in the rinks’ youth, high school, and adult hockey leagues and Lilac City Figure Skating Club competitions. Guests can cruise around the rink during public skate sessions, or reserve one of the zamboni-smoothed surfaces for a private hockey, broomball, or free skate session. The rink graciously rents out skates for $1.50 a pair, but guests must provide their own optional protective gear, such as helmets or Kevlar unitards.
Wheelz Skate Arena provides a 24,000-square-foot circular playground for veteran and neophyte foot gliders. A three-hour solo session in the rink is complemented by a pair of rented skates and snacks from the nearby food court to provide edible energy or exciting obstacles for rival skaters. Between 12 and 15 students attend Saturday-morning group classes, renting skates and spending 15–20 minutes warming up, after which they receive 30 minutes of skating knowledge on fundamentals such as marching forward, starting and stopping, and fixing skates’ tiny engines when they overheat. Following the class, students can free skate from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., enough time to practice rolling presidential inaugurations.
Twirling around during a birthday party or navigating across the ice in full hockey pads, Mountain View Ice Arena accommodates recreational and serious skaters seven days a week. Tender-footed ice explorers can develop and hone their skills during learn to skate classes, while more serious competitors can enroll in the figure-skating program. Party packages are designed for up to 20 guests, with varying levels including things such as pizzas, birthday cake, and party favor bags full of festive sawdust.
Despite its wintery moniker, Kent Valley Ice Centre doesn’t just thrive in the colder months. The public ice skating site and home of the Kent Valley Hockey Association also teems with warm-weather activities, housing miniature golf and batting cages on its sprawling facilities. In addition, the family-friendly sports emporium invites guests to a full-service cafe and bar and a pro shop where visitors can purchase hockey equipment, ice skating gear.
With hands shyly clasped, two middle-schoolers glide around a gleaming floor to a soundtrack of contemporary hits and ’80s classics. It’s a familiar nostalgic sight at Rollin' 253 Skate Center. The classic pastime gets a modern look at the newly renovated roller-skating haven, where guests of all ages whisk across the rink during public skates and birthday parties. Skills are further honed during lessons covering the finer points of hockey, speed skating, artistic skating, roller derby, and executing really cool-looking twirls.
Though it has winter in its name and boasts lessons in both nordic and downhill skiing, Leavenworth Winter Sports Club gives outdoor sports enthusiasts a reason to explore its sprawling grounds throughout the year. Called a “sportsmen’s mecca” by Club's President of the Board of Directors, Damian Browne, the trails date back to 1928, when people would flock to the club's ski-jumping hill to watch skiers soar through the air and high-five bald eagles as they began their descent. Visitors can strap on snowshoes to navigate the Waterfront Park path or lace up a pair of skates and pirouette across the Leavenworth Ice Rink. The area's ski trails double as hiking and biking trails during the summer months, and a golf course invites guests to work on their short game once the snows melt to reveal manicured greens.