Whether you’re looking to plan a healthy family outing, an unforgettably fun date or an exercise session unlike any other, consider a trip to any one of Reno-Tahoe’s cool spots for ice skating. This iconic winter activity takes place at several outdoor venues, usually through early spring, and there’s also an indoor ice arena for folks who wish to glide on ice in any kind of weather. If your top choice happens to be an outdoor ice rink, be sure to call the venue first to confirm it’s open — hours may vary depending on the weather.
Sightsee on skates
Combine sightseeing with ice skating at Squaw Valley Resort’s Olympic Ice Pavilion. While you whirl around this outdoor rink, you and your loved ones can catch breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe, the Squaw Valley Meadow and the panoramic Sierra Nevada mountains. Adding an even greater sense of adventure to the day, guests access the Olympic Ice Pavilion by taking the resort’s aerial tram, which climbs 2,000 feet to High Camp, where the mountaintop rink is perched at an elevation of 8,200 feet. Skate rentals are available, and rates for the tram ride plus ice skating are $6 for children ages 4 and younger, $15 for children ages 5 to 12, $30 for young adults ages 13 to 22, and $44 for adults ages 23 to 64. Details: squawalpine.com or 800-403-0206.
Whirl around the Village
In the middle of the Village at Northstar — a bustling resort entertainment area — you’ll find a 9,000-square-foot ice rink. Open from noon to 9 p.m. daily, weather and conditions permitting, this open-air arena allows free ice skating for everyone, with skate rentals available for $10 to $15. Between gliding in wide circles, you can take a break next to a nearby fire pit or grab a meal at one of the many restaurants located steps away within the Village. In addition, the ice rink hosts Turtleneck Tuesday Skate Nights from 4 to 7 p.m. through March 29. This weekly event is set to the sounds of hit songs from the ’70s and ’80s and features ice-skating games, prizes and free face painting, along with glow necklaces, lasers and lights. Details: northstarcalifornia.com or 530-562-3689.
Go ice skating indoors
If the weather happens to be too stormy for an outdoor ice-skating adventure, consider taking a quick trip to the Tahoe Ice Sports Center. Located in South Lake Tahoe, this indoor ice arena boasts a “pristine NHL sized sheet of ice,” according to the facility’s website. In fact, this site is home to a long list of hockey classes, matches and tournaments, as well as curling events — but it’s a prime place for recreational ice skating, too. The Tahoe Ice Sports Center is open for public skating around 9 a.m. most days, but this depends on other scheduled events, so be sure to call first or check the arena’s online schedule. For folks who are looking to learn how to ice skate and possibly proceed to figure skating or ice hockey, the Tahoe Ice Sports Center offers a series of learn-to-skate classes that range from beginner to advanced. Details: tahoearena.com or 530-544-7465.