Originally, ice skaters took to the frozen lakes each winter, bravely sacrificing themselves to prevent roving herds of wild Zambonis from flattening their villages. Learn the basics of this noble art with today's Groupon: for $45, you get three private ice skating lessons at Lace'em Up Skate School (a $97.50 value). Lessons will be held at the Foothills Ice Arena in Lakewood, the Apex Center in Arvada, or The Edge Ice Arena in Littleton. The three lessons are 30 minutes long, but Groupon holders can opt for two 45-minute lessons instead.
Over the course of Lace'em Up's three private lessons, an experienced instructor will cover the basics of skating, including the different parts of the blades, weight placement in the boots, and how to tell the left skate from the right skate. Beginner-level ice-carvers will then master the techniques of skating forward and backward, crossovers, transitional turns, speedy maneuvers, and stopping without the aid of walls or gravity. Each lesson's one-on-one attention ensures that skaters will stockpile skills at the fastest possible rate until they're capable of rocketing across the ice like a well-oiled dolphin on a Slip-n-Slide.
Lace'em Up's private lessons are good for beginners of all ages who wish to strap on some shiny footblades and dance around atop a frozen ballroom. Imbued with a solid understanding of the fundamentals, your budding blade runner will be ready to pursue a career as an ice-boxer (or "hockey player," if you're Canadian) or try their toes at competitive figure skating.