You’ll find more than skiing and riding on any given winter weekend in Aspen. Five skating rinks are in and around the area with everything to offer, including public skating, figure skating and lots of hockey.
Maureen Poschman with the Aspen Chamber says the rinks are busy. “There is a huge hockey program in Aspen/Snowmass with boys and girls starting at four, as well as the Mother Puckers and other women’s and men’s teams. From what I’ve been told, all of the ice stays busy.”
One of those rinks is the old Aspen Ice Garden, which was built in 1963 and renovated in 2001. Rink Manager Bryan Lee says there isn’t any public skating at this facility, but visitors are welcome. “It is just an old barn used for figure skating and hockey for the most part. We get a lot of out-of-town visitors who stop in to watch the fast-paced hockey action.”
Skating in Aspen can be found indoors and outdoors. With five rinks in the area, you're sure to be able to get your skating fix in the Roaring Fork Valley.
There is a festive outdoor rink in the heart of town, next to CP Burgers, in front of the Hyatt Grand Aspen. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, from mid-December to mid-March, depending on the weather. Skate rentals are $8, or it is $4 to take some turns if you bring your own skates. The Aspen Chamber is hosting a skating party there on Dec. 20.
Virginia McNellis represents the Hyatt and says it is one of Aspen’s favorite family destinations. “Located in the heart of town in front of the beautiful Hyatt Grand Aspen, enjoy the scenic backdrop of Aspen Mountain, or bundle up to skate under the starry night sky. When you’re ready to warm up, grab simple, hearty fare and hot chocolate from CP Burger, or head inside to the Hyatt Grand Aspen to cozy up by a roaring fireplace.”
Another rink that sees a lot of action is Lewis Ice Arena which is at the Aspen Rec Center, near the entrance to Aspen Highlands. Its rink is NHL regulation size with grandstand seating, offering Public Skate, Learn-to-Skate, and plenty of hockey games. Just outside Aspen’s Rec Center is the new outdoor ARC-tic Skating Pond. Skate under the lights as the outdoor pond is open until 9 p.m., seven days a week. This is also where you’ll find the “Whoa” Nelly Sledding Hill, and you can snowshoe or go cross-country skiing on surrounding trails.
Snowmass also has a public outdoor ice rink at the rodeo grounds. Patsy Popejoy says it is open during ski season. “It’s free, lighted at night and someone donated a Zamboni to keep it maintained. Families love the free Snowmass Rodeo rink because it’s an alternative winter activity besides skiing or snowboarding."
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