Although zambonis have since smoothed their surfaces, the rinks at Las Vegas Ice Center were once scored by the skates of a legend. Wayne Gretzky himself skimmed around the ice during his ninth annual Fantasy Camp in 2011, where he gave his students tips on how to send pucks flying without attaching them to remote-controlled helicopters. The center’s talented instructors continue to follow in Gretzky’s path, nurturing young hockey players during training sessions or honing the double axels and camel spins of young figure skaters. Those not interested in gripping a stick or perfecting their backflip can hit the ice at their leisure and hold a loved one’s hand during open-rink sessions. So that skaters don’t run out of energy or gear, a snack bar waits to warm up stomachs with a cup of cocoa, and a pro shop stocks more than 1,000 hockey sticks, gloves by Bauer, Easton, and Warrior, and figure-skating gear from Riedell, Jackson, and ChloeNoel.
Though the Mojave Desert surrounds Las Vegas with its lone and level sands, the SoBe Ice Arena is a cool oasis of equally flat ice. The NHL-regulation rink, 31,000 square feet in area, hosts groups of skaters during open sessions. Hockey players practice their checks and slapshots on the ice, spurred on by a massive American flag and the threat of being sent to the penalty box for not knowing all 50 state capitals. On weekend nights, live DJs and karaoke set the scene for rhythmic skating sessions.
Thinking of trying your hand at skating? Check out Crystal Palace Skating Center in Las Vegas for some exhilarating laps around the rink.
When you're out and about in the area, you'll love that this club has a restaurant to take care of any last minute hunger.
Tots are more than welcome to hang with their parents at this club.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
The LINQ and and Caesar's Palace fountain transforms into Caesars Chalet, a chilly lodge experience and outdoor ice-skating rink. Expert skaters glide around the LED-lit rink, providing quick lessons and showing off their skills. Across the street, the LINQ becomes a Winter PARQ filled with holiday festivities, including an over 30-foot long snow tubing hill in the LINQ Lot. Gently falling snow, irish coffee and hot chocolate, and the twinkling lights of the Center Strip add a hint of glamour to this holiday season.