If woolly mammoths had mastered the triple Lutz, they would’ve made it out of the Ice Age and into the Bronze Age, if not the Silver or Gold Age. Ensure your long-term survival with today’s Groupon: for $7, you get an ice-skating package for two at Echo Valley (a $14 total value). The package includes:
- Two all-day ice-skating passes with skate rental (a $10 value)
- Two hot chocolates (a $4 value)<p>
The ice engineers at Echo Valley regularly groom and resurface a 43,000-square-foot outdoor rink, which is tucked into rolling hills alongside tubing and tobogganing tracks. After lacing up rentals or blades brought from home, pairs link arms for a few laps and Lutzes around the smooth, sunken ice field, filling their lungs with the air’s arctic bite and the scent of surrounding pines. Bodies better resist the cold when warmed by hot chocolate served in a spacious lodge, where a gas fireplace thaws toes and an observation deck overlooks twirlers below. The rink is open on weekends from midmorning to mid-evening, and the schedule stretches into weekdays during the holidays so revelers have extra time to glide under the sun and flying caribou.
Echo Valley brings together tobogganing, tubing, and ice skating into one snowy spot for wintertime revelry. At the tobogganing hill, quarter-mile runs accelerate sledders to speeds as fast as 60 MPH before bringing them to a safe halt at the bottom, where the staff then sends the toboggan back to the top via an overhead lift. Ice skaters find ample space for gliding and pirouetting on the 43,000 square-foot rink. After tubing to their heart’s content or taste-testing snowflake appetizers, visitors can warm themselves around the lodge’s circular fireplace or observe fellow snow-goers from the expansive observation deck while sipping on hot chocolate or nibbling on snacks.
8495 E H Ave.
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49004