When it comes to ice skating, we have more choices than ever. From top outdoor rinks, fantastic indoor rinks, to even synthetic ice rinks in our own backyard, the discerning skater can find the exact experience he or she wants. 

If you are the parent of an ice skater, or a proud skater yourself, you are always looking for the best ice skating rinks around you. Here at KwikRink, we know how you feel; we love ice skating too.

Our synthetic ice rinks are the perfect way to bring the ice rink experience to you. Our synthetic ice rinks are durable, low maintenance, and easy to install. 

Our synthetic ice rinks are also a great way to expand your business. If you are looking for a way to draw in a new customer base, consider installing one of our commercial rinks.

Bring people together, and to your business with the joy of skating. 

All you need is a flat surface, and you are good to go. We have installed synthetic rinks all over the world, and we would love to make your ice skating rink dreams come true. 

If you love skating as much as we do, you have to check out the rinks on this list. We sat down and compiled a list of some of our favorite ice rinks around the county.

If these rinks don’t leave you with the skating bug, nothing will. Trust us; these are a few skating experiences you won’t want to miss.

The Rink at Rockefeller Center

The Rink at Rockefeller Center

If you have ever visited New York City in the winter, you know what a magical place it can be. That magic is especially prevalent during the Christmas season. 

There are so many things to see and do! One of our all-time favorite ‘Christmas in New York” activities, though, is ice skating at Rockefeller Center. Skating at the Rock is an experience that should be on everyone’s bucket list. 

Open October to April in New York City, NY.

Sun Valley, Idaho

Sun Valley Ice Rink

If there ever was an excuse to visit Idaho, this rink is high up on the list. You will enjoy stunningly picturesque views of the mountains while skating with your friends and family. 

To make the deal even sweeter, the facility offers skate lessons for the beginners and ice shows for the aficionados. 

Plus, if you are at all plugged into the professional and Olympic skating scene, this is your chance to rub elbows with a few familiar faces. This rink is a popular training ground for pro athletes. 

Open year around in Sun Valley, Idaho.

National Gallery of Art Sculpture garden Ice Rink

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink

Do you love fine art and cool skating? Then this might just be the rink for you. 

The next time you visit our nation’s capital, make sure you add this stop to your to-do list. 

The National Galler of Art is worth a visit on its own, but when you add in an outdoor sculpture garden and ice skating rink, what could be better?

You will get the opportunity to view the breathtaking and magnificent works of art while skating with friends in a truly spectacular open-air rink. Enjoy music from their state-of-the-art sound system as you flex your muscles and expand your mind. 

Open November to March, weather permitting in Washington D.C.

Landmark center in Rice park

Wells Fargo Winterskate

If you ever make it to the Twin Cities, you will be amazed at all there is to see and do. Make sure you take a trip to this monumental skating rink when you visit the proud capital city of the great state of Minnesota. 

You will bask in the beauty and architectural charm of this splendid city as you skate. This rink is expertly lit up with colorful lights that brilliantly display the gothic Landmark Center as it overlooks all the joyful skaters. 

Plus, they offer free skating lessons on Saturdays. 

Open December to February  in St. Paul, Minnesota.

PPG building, Pittsburgh

MassMutual Ice Rink

MassMutual Ice Rink is one of the longest-running rinks in the country. This sprawling downtown rink is worth a visit to the great city of Pittsburgh alone. 

Set under the castle inspired spires of the PPG building, you will feel like you have stepped into an urban ice palace. 

If you want to feel the magic truly, might we suggest that you plan a trip to this rink during the Christmas season? If you do, you will have the opportunity to skate around a fully decked out and illuminated Christmas tree. 

You will also get a chance to meet Santa, and your kids will even get to skate around with him during their weekly ‘Skate with Santa’ event throughout the month of December. 

Open November to March in Pittsburgh, PA.

Boston Common Frog Pond

Boston Common Frog Pond

Named best outdoor skating rink by USA Today in 2017, this is one rink you won’t want to miss. Visit this ice skating rink in the winter when the famous Boston Common Frog Pond freezes over and transforms into a crisp and beautiful outdoor wonderland. 

The Boston Common is one of the country’s best parks, and this outdoor rink is a highlight. You will enjoy views of the famous Boston skyline as you chat up all the Patriots fans. 

Open November to March in Boston, MA.

Hotel Coronado

Skating by the Sea at Hotel Coronado

Warm winters are great, but who among us doesn’t’ secretly yearn for a white Christmas? With this rink, you can get the best of both worlds. 

Ice skate under the palm trees when you stay at the Hotel Coronado in San Diego. Every year, they transform a portion of their lawn into an amazing outdoor ice skating rink for their guests to enjoy. 

Curl up by the firepit and fight off the chill of the upper 50s wind chill and watch the sunset as you ice skate by the ocean. Bring the magic of winter to the beach.

Open December in San Diego, CA.

If you’ve caught the skating bug from reading or visiting any of these magnificent ice skating rinks, don’t worry, KwikRink is here for you! 

Contact us today to find out if a synthetic ice rink is right for you. We promise this is one decision you won’t regret!

 

Whether you’re the teacher or the student, lessons on how to ice skate don’t need to be difficult. Skating is an all-ages family activity, and even young children can begin to learn early. If you want to practice at home, install a Kwik Rink home ice rink in your basement, backyard, or garage.

Why Should Someone Learn How to Ice Skate?

Naturally, you may have concerns when it comes to ice skating. Indeed, no one wants to fall and hurt themselves (although even the pros do this from time to time)! However, a confident, knowledgeable skater reaps more benefits than harm through balance and poise.

The benefits include hearty aerobic exercise and practice with balance and coordination. Furthermore, ice skating can strengthen your leg muscles, cardiovascular endurance, and even joint flexibility. 

Ice skating offers more than good exercise, however. The social benefits should not be overlooked. Skating is a great group activity that you can enjoy with your family and friends, or even on a date.

A person who knows how to ice skate increases their options for both physical and emotional fitness!

Learn How to Ice Skate, Step by Step

If you’ve decided that it’s time for you or someone you know to learn how to skate, let’s get started.

Here are ten easy steps to teach someone how to ice skate – even yourself, if you want to learn!

Before You Get On the Ice

As with most winter sports, there are some equipment requirements before you’re off and going. Know that one benefit of ice skating is that you don’t need to buy any gear to get started. Public rinks usually offer skate rentals!

Dress Appropriately.

Make sure you wear comfortable clothes that allow for a wide range of movement. Think joggers or leggings; avoid jeans if possible. As with any cold-weather exercise, it is a good idea to dress in lightweight, warm layers.

Check Your Skates for the Right Fit

child and parent preparing for ice rink

As with any footwear, make sure your skates fit well, whether they are rentals or purchase. A good pair of skates fit snugly but are not too tight. Your skates should fit comfortably.

As a general rule, the wearer shouldn’t be able to move their feet around too much in their skates. A single layer of tall, lightweight socks can help with this. 

Don’t hesitate to ask for help from an employee if you’re at a public rink. You must ask if you are purchasing skates! You don’t want to get stuck with a pair of skates that aren’t right for you.

Additionally, your skates should be laced correctly; this is something you can also request, help from a pro!

You can usually find skates beginning around age if you are teaching a child how to ice skate.

Getting on the Ice

March – Don’t Walk – to the Entry Door

Next, you will need to get out on the ice! The best way to walk in ice skates is to think of yourself marching in small steps instead of walking. It feels a little awkward, but don’t worry, it’s only a means to an end.

Make sure you stay on the foam or mat that the rink provides. This barrier protects the blades of your skates. Avoid walking on wood or concrete with your skates.

Find the entry door to the ice rink. It’s time to get started!

It’s Okay to Use the Rail at First

Once you’re on the ice, it’s okay to hang onto the rail while you get a feel for everything.

Know How to Fall 

Of course, the biggest hurdle for many people who want to learn how to ice skate is fear of falling. Before you’re ready to build to a glide, you will provide reassurance to yourself or your student. Do this by discussing the best way to fall.

Try to do so slowly, and to avoid falling too far forward. Additionally, when you – or if you’re teaching someone – your student falls, don’t flail. 

Practice falling by squatting a bit and then falling to the side while leaning slightly forward. Somewhat counterintuitively, keep your hands in your lap.

Practice Getting Up Again

Once you’ve fallen down, to get up again, you’ll need to roll over and get on your hands and knees. Bring one foot to the inside of one hand, and the other foot to the inside of the other hand. Push yourself up to standing from this squatting position.

Time to Skate!

You’re ready to learn how to ice skate in earnest. Remember that marching move we discussed earlier? We’re bringing it to the ice.

March on the ice to get a feel for moving yourself forward on the ice. Once you feel more confident, you can do small “scooter” steps, which are the beginning of gliding on the ice.

Push with one foot, like you’re riding on a scooter. Then switch to the other foot and push with that foot.

Learn How to Stop 

Practice making a wedge with the toes of your blade to stop yourself. Form a snowplow movement, similar to skiing, to slow yourself.

Gliding On Both Feet

Now that you’ve practiced the scooter step and stopping, you can start gliding. Rest on both feet after you’ve pushed yourself forward with scooter steps. You’re beginning to glide!

Practice a Dip

Once you’ve become a little more comfortable, you can practice a dip, which can be an excellent knee warmup. Squat down on your skates so that your glutes are level with your arms- progress from doing this standing to doing it while you glide.

Kwik Rink Residential Rinks

Once you and your household learn how to ice skate, a home rink is a great way to practice. Home ice rinks can function much like a basketball hoop in the driveway. It can be a great way to get the whole family moving and having fun while practicing a skill!

Contact Kwik Rink to learn more about installing a residential rink by calling toll-free at (888) 275-2345.

 

In our current “age of isolation” with Coronavirus, you might be thinking about installing a home ice skating rink to keep all the family skaters in practice. There’s good reason to consider a home ice skating rink in your yard, garage, or basement. KwikRink Synthetic Ice Rinks feature:

  • Easy set-up, tear-down, and storage
  • Custom design to any size space or room
  • Low maintenance
  • A long-lasting entertainment, training, and fitness outlet for your home, family, and friends

Many families wonder about the environmental impact of their recreational choices. At KwikRink Synthetic Ice, we’re proud to detail all the eco-friendly elements of our reliable and fun synthetic ice products. 

Visit our website for a custom quote on a home ice rink to fit any level floor application. Our friendly staff will help guide you through the design and installation process to create a rink you can enjoy for years to come.

No water needed

Conventional indoor ice rinks in the United States take 10,600 gallons of water to lay down a one-inch layer of ice. Factor in the additional water required for resurfacing periodically by a Zamboni, and you’ve got a water-guzzling operation for sure.

With the health and abundance of our water sources in ever-increasing uncertainty, making consumer recreational choices that limit water use is one way to help the environment. 

Synthetic ice tiles require no ice for a superior glide with skates. All the figure skating and hockey drills we do on conventional ice we can perform on KwikRink tiles just as well. 

Stopping, turning, reversing, jumping, figures, and other skills work to the skater’s advantage on synthetic ice. Skaters may develop more strength and stamina when practicing on a synthetic home ice skating rink than on conventional ice. You’ll get about 90% of the glide you would feel on traditional ice.

Low-to-no extra utility costs

Conventional ice requires a cold climate to maintain, either outdoors or indoors. Outdoor ice rinks (obviously) function only during cold months. Indoor rinks require massive amounts of energy to maintain year-round.

In addition to the estimated 347,760 gallons of water per year required to maintain an indoor rink, the electricity needed to maintain the ice and the building make arenas among the most energy-consuming places in any community.

Energy costs for conventional arenas include:

  • Ice maintenance (chilling a concrete slab with integrated cold water piping systems)
  • Lighting (building and ice surface)
  • Compressors
  • Brine pumps and fans
  • HVAC

Of course, all of these energy requirements increase the carbon footprint of conventional arenas considerably. When you customize a synthetic rink at home, you incur no extra energy consumption, other than the small amount of manpower needed to place and lock in the synthetic ice tiles.

Longevity, recyclability, and non-toxic

Yes, synthetic ice is made of plastic. However, when you buy quality tiles with a custom fit, they last up to 10 years with superior glide. At KwikRink, we sell gently used ice tiles as well as new systems to extend the use of all our products. Plus, old ice tiles can also be crushed and melted down to make new ice tiles at the end of their usability.

Installing synthetic ice over conventional ice means no additional emissions. Though every manufactured product on the market has a carbon footprint, there are no additional emissions generated to maintain your rink once installed.

Low maintenance

No, you don’t need a tiny Zamboni for a home ice rink. Installing your KwikRink is literally a snap. The tiles click and lock together with no tools. Give your tiles a daily sweep with a big, soft broom, and wet-clean them with a spray-and-wipe solution as often as needed to keep the surface free of dirt and dust.

You won’t need fuel or water for the Zamboni, harsh chemicals, or even electricity for cleaning (although you can choose to vacuum your tiles if you wish.) Plus, if you want to move or store your rink, you can lift your tiles and stack them away anytime you wish.

Home ice rinks click all the boxes

Installing a home ice rink allows you to rest easy knowing you’ve got all of the following covered:

  • Anytime fitness, practice, and entertainment for every person in your household
  • Healthy activity with no screen time
  • A “green” activity option that is eco-friendly
  • Once purchased, no additional carbon footprint necessary for ice maintenance
  • Low maintenance, cleans up in a snap without needing electricity or harsh chemicals
  • No extra maintenance equipment to purchase
  • No lapse in seasonal skill-building for hockey players, figure skaters, or leisure skaters
  • Easy set-up, tear-down, and storage to maintain the versatility of your designated rink space
  • Goes inside or outside on any level surface
  • Can be reused for up to ten years and recycled at the end of use
  • Unique source of entertainment, family time, and exercise, especially during social distancing

Trust KwikRink Synthetic Ice for your home ice rink set-up

Of course, your home environment is just as important as the global environment, especially curing Coronavirus. We’re striving to make planning, ordering, and installing your rink as care-free as possible, now and always. If you have questions about our synthetic ice systems, we have answers.

The ice rink experts at KwikRink will help you measure your space, design your rink system, select the right product for your home, and install your tiles. Of course, we’re continually updating our installation safety practices during the COVID-19 outbreak, and your health and wellness remain our top concern.

We can guide you through the entire process remotely, so you know your rink gets delivered and set up correctly for the first time. When you need in-person help and guidance, we go the extra mile to ensure we adhere to all state and local health and safety guidelines.

Further, we remain available by phone any time you have a question about your order or the installation process. We’re here to help you get the most out of your KwikRink Synthetic Ice home rink. 

Visit our website today to get a custom measurement and quote, and get on your new ice ASAP.