The fall/winter public skating season is in session at the Columbia Ice Rink. There’s something about a rosy-nosed workout on the ice that makes for great winter fun and fitness.
New to the ice? No worries; there are walkers to help beginners skate safely. And if you really want to learn, the Learn to Skate program will get you going. Each student (ages 3 and up) can sign up for weekly 25-minute lessons that run six to seven weeks.
You more advanced up-and-coming freestyle stars can practice your routines during the freestyle sessions. Bring your CDs and perfect your routines in 45-minute time slots using the Ice Rink’s sound system.
And let’s not forget the sticks and pucks. The Brandon LaDue Instructional Ice Hockey Program was created to provide an affordable and safe learning atmosphere for children ages 6 through 12. The rink’s scheduled Stick and Puck Sessions give you time to practice skating, puck handling and shooting. Helmets, gloves, skates and sticks are required. Bring your own pucks. There are also times scheduled for pickup hockey, which can give you a chance to scrimmage with other players. Game on.
The Columbia Ice Rink is a great place for family fun, fitness, recreational outings and social get-togethers. Public skating hours are Monday–Thursday, 12–2pm; Friday, 3:30–5:30pm and again at 8–10pm (with a live DJ); Saturday, 2–4pm; Sunday, 1:15–3:15pm and 7:30–9:30pm (Closed Christmas Day).
For more information on rink activities, e-mail Ice.Rink@ColumbiaAssociation.org or call 410-730-0322.