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Date posted: 10/30/2013

Ice skating returns to Santa Monica

This holiday season, one of the things that unites people both young and old is the unique sensation of skating on ice, zipping around a rink and laughing with family or friends. In Downtown Santa Monica, ICE at Santa Monica brings a taste of this popular winter activity to the beach community with their premier skating rink right by the seafront. This year, the rink is returning on November 1st and will be open until late January, so residents and visitors alike will be able to practice their skills or try something new. Situated on the corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue, the rink covers 8,000 square feet in area and is used by people from all backgrounds.

The Holiday period opening times are yet to be announced, but from the 1st November onwards the ICE at Santa Monica rink will be open daily. Monday to Thursday, the rink is open from 2pm – 10pm, on Friday it remains open until midnight, on Saturdays it will open at 10am and stay open right through to midnight, while Sunday, visitors can skate between 10am and 10pm. Many people come to the rink for a romantic date with a loved one, others bring the children for a session on the ice as a family, while still more choose to throw a private party and book the rink for their group event.

For many, though, one of the main appeals of the ICE at Santa Monica rink is the connection to the Randy Gardner School of Skating. Offering lessons led by experienced and professional skaters to participants at all levels, both nervous beginners and practiced skaters who know where to stay in Santa Monica can learn some new tips and tricks. Randy Gardner, US and World Pair Champion skater, designed and presented his training school to offer lessons on ice to people of all abilities. There are three classes offered at the rink: ‘Family, Friends and Me’ is aimed at children taking their first steps on the ice, accompanied by a guardian or parent and designed to promote confidence and show them how to move safely and easily; ‘Winter Breeze’ is a six week course offered at two levels, the ‘Beginner Basics’ and ‘Get The Edge’ for more advanced skaters, but both classes practice the basic steps before adding increasingly tricky elements, while ‘New Year’s On Ice’ is a four week long course at two levels to develop skills and offer freedom on the ice.

(Photo courtesy of Flickr)

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