East West Ice Palace

Skating School

Memorial Day Weekend Cancellations

Skating School classes are cancelled on the following two evenings
due to a hockey tournament over the holiday weekend:

Friday, May 26, 2023

Saturday, May 27, 2023

Public skating is also cancelled on Friday afternoon,
but will be available from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm on Saturday.

Booking System Discontinued

The online booking system for making reservations is now discontinued. That system was implemented when we placed a limit on the number of students per class period as a Covid precaution. We would hold places for those students who had reserved in advance. They would not risk coming to the rink only to find that we were full. Over time, the maximum was gradually increased.

Now that the risks have diminished sufficiently, we are returning to normal. The limits are lifted and we will accomodate all students who arrive at the rink for class on a given day — no maximum.

So, to put it simply, just show up.

One additional change that goes along with this is that we are switching back to pin-on name badges rather than stick-on ones. Each class day we will have badges prepared for all students who’ve attended recently on that day of the week. If you come on a different day, then we’ll make a hand-written badge when you arrive. In either case, please return your name badge as you head out the door to go home. We will re-use that badge again the following week.

Note to anyone who has already booked ahead: We will have a name badge ready for you on the days you’ve booked, but will consider your attending a possibility, not a promise. If you find that you can’t make it after all, don’t worry about canceling. You will only use a class credit if you actually attend.

Learn to Skate at East West Ice Palace

Basic Skills Program

East West Ice Palace participates in the Learn to Skate USA program, created by U.S. Figure Skating and endorsed by USA Hockey, US Speedskating, the Professional Skaters Association (PSA), and the Special Olympics.

Our goals for the Skating School at East West Ice Palace:

  1. To make your skating safe and pleasurable.
  2. To improve your skills through progressive levels which will bring confidence and satisfaction at each step.
  3. To build a solid foundation which will serve you well if you later decide to pursue an ice sport, whether it be figure skating, speed skating, or ice hockey.

Registration Information

Our program runs year-round. You can start at any time.

Classes are offered on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. Attendance is flexible. Pick and choose what fits your schedule.

The tuition is $120 for each set of 8 classes (i.e. $15 per class), plus a $20 annual enrollment fee to cover membership in the Learn to Skate USA program. The total to start is $140. Skate rental is included.

Most of our students attend one class per week, but you can choose to do more (or less) if you prefer. Each time you attend you use one class credit. We keep track of how many you’ve used and how many remain. We’ll let you know when your credits are running out and it’s time to renew.

This system is very flexible. You can attend on whichever day(s) of the week you prefer and vary your schedule from week to week as you see fit. If you are out sick, away on vacation, or simply busy with other activities, you will not lose any credits. They are yours to use at your own pace. They will not expire.

Registration is handled at the rink. If you want to start on the same day that you sign up, please arrive at least 20 to 30 minutes before the scheduled class time. It will take about that long to complete the paperwork, get your skates and lace them up, introduce yourself to the teachers, and get out on the ice without being rushed.

If you are considering taking classes but aren’t ready to commit to a full set of eight, we do offer the option of a “Trial Class”. This is a single class priced at $20, intended to help you decide whether you want to continue with more. If you do decide to register for a full set, we recommend that you do so the same day — we’ll apply the trial class fee toward the regular price, charging you the difference of $120. If you wait until a later date, the normal rates will apply ($120 for eight classes plus the $20 enrollment fee — a total of $140).

More about the Enrollment Fee

The $20 enrollment fee covers membership in the Learn to Skate USA program. However, if you are already a member in good standing of Learn to Skate USA, US Figure Skating, or USA Hockey then we’ll waive the fee. It is then your responsibility to renew your membership when it next comes due.

Age Requirements

Many people ask, “What is a good age to start skating?” There are no real limits. Ice skating is a lifetime activity, something you can do for pleasure, health, and fitness at any age. We generally find that most children do well on the ice from around three years old, though that is not a fixed minimum. Some are ready to tackle the challenge much sooner than that. As to the grown-ups, if you are in good health and are accustomed to physical activity, you can learn to skate too. Many of our parents like to take classes along with their young ones.

Beginners age 5 and under please note that only Wednesday at 5:10 pm is available — the Snowplow Sam class. Once you’ve progressed enough and are promoted to Basic 1 or above, you can attend whenever Basic classes are offered.

Adults have classes of their own on Fridays at 5:00 pm and on Saturdays at 4:45 pm, but are also welcome at other times if they don’t mind being mixed in with the younger students.

Selecting a Class

We’ll help you find the class and level that’s right for you. We’ll start by asking a few questions about your interests and your prior skating experience (if any). Then, during your first class session, your teacher will conduct an informal evaluation to decide the proper placement based on your current abilities.


It is not necessary to be fancy. It is necessary to stay warm. This is ice skating after all, and ice is cold — no way around that fact. So wear warm clothes. A good plan is to start with multiple layers that you can peel off as you go. Your body will warm up as you skate.

Good socks are also essential. These must come up at least a few inches above the ankles to prevent the skates from rubbing directly against the skin.

Class Schedule

Day Time Class Levels
Wednesday 4:35 - 5:05 pm Basic 1-6
Pre-Free Skate
Free Skate 1-6
5:10 - 5:40 pm Snowplow Sam   (age 5 and under)
Basic 1-6
Pre-Free Skate
Free Skate 1-6
Friday 4:25 - 4:55 pm Basic 1-6
Pre-Free Skate
Free Skate 1-6
5:00 - 5:30 pm Basic 1-6
Pre-Free Skate
Free Skate 1-6
Saturday 4:00 - 4:45 pm Power Stroking    (Basic 5 & up)
4:45 - 5:15 pm Basic 1-6

Schedule subject to change.

Classes Offered

Snowplow Sam 1 – 4

Introduces preliminary skills to our youngest skaters. Learn dips, swizzles, wiggles, and stops.

Ages 5 and under start here.

Snowplow Sam

Basic 1 – 6

Six carefully planned levels allow the beginning skater to feel comfortable on the ice while learning the basic techniques which form the foundation for all aspects of ice skating.

Ages 6 thru teens start here.


Pre Free Skate

For those skaters who develop an interest in figure skating, Pre Free Skate begins exploring the specific skills needed to move into the the various figure skating disciplines.

Pre Free Skate

Free Skate 1 – 6

Skaters learn jumps, spins, footwork, and other exciting athletic and artistic moves.

Free Skate

Adult 1 – 6

Promotes overall fitness, improves balance and coordination while mastering the basics of ice skating.

Ages 18 and up start here.


Specialty Classes

Specialty classes provide an opportunity for the more advanced skaters to work on specific skills. Power Stroking classes are offered on an ongoing basis. Other specialty classes are offered occasionally for limited periods. Come back to this page for announcements.

Featured Class

Power Stroking

High-intensity on-ice conditioning

Saturdays, 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm (45 minutes)

Increase your stamina and speed.
Develop proper stroking technique and quality edges.
Improve your flow and appearance on the ice.

Basic 5 & up

If you are already a Skating School student, use your regular class credits.
For this class (only) we also accept drop-ons for $15 per class.

Ice Hockey

For skaters with an interest in ice hockey, we generally recommend starting in the Skating School program. Work thru the Basic levels — up to Basic 5 if you can. This will give you a solid foundation for the skating skills you need before moving into the rink’s in-house hockey program.

Curriculum Information in PDF format:

Snowplow Sam Curriculum

Snowplow Sam Curriculum

Basic Curriculum

Basic Curriculum

Free Skate Curriculum

Free Skate Curriculum

Adult Curriculum

Adult Curriculum

Hockey Curriculum

Hockey Curriculum

Bonus Credits

This is a rewards program for students who attend frequent classes:

For each multiple of 8 Skating School classes you attend within the period of a calendar month, you earn one bonus credit (i.e. one free class).

In other words, 8 classes attended during the month earns 1 credit, 16 earns 2, 24 earns 3, and so on.

Bonus credits are applied to your account on the first day of the following month.

It’s totally automatic. You don’t need to do anything at all.

Ask at the check-in desk to find out how many bonus credits you’ve earned and how close you are to your next.

Family Accounts

In short, family accounts provide families with multiple members in the Skating School:

1. Simplified accounting.

2. Reduced cost, not by changing prices, but by providing rewards based on frequency of attendance.

The details:

Families share a common pool of Skating School class credits. All family members draw from this pool.

When the pool is drawn low, renew for the whole family with one or more sets of 8 classes — how many sets is your choice.

It is no longer necessary to track each family member’s standing and renew each one individually.

Bonus credits are computed as described above, but based on the total family attendance for each month. This is greatly to your advantage since it will be far easier to accumulate large attendance totals.

For example, two family members attending once per week for 4 weeks in a month will total 8 classes and earn one bonus credit.

If your family has more than one student enrolled, ask at the check-in desk to find out whether we’ve already created a family account for you. Let us know who is a member of your family. Moms & dads, brothers & sisters, cousins, etc. can all be family members. You decide who to include. The only requirement is that you agree (1) to allow all family members to draw from the shared pool of class credits and (2) to pay a single invoice for the family as a whole when it comes time to renew. We will not “split the bill” for you.

In our records, families are identified by the “first member”. You can decide which family member this is and change it at any time.

There is no change to pricing. New students must each be enrolled for eight classes ($120) and pay the Learn to Skate USA enrollment fee ($20). Once enrolled, students can be assigned to a family at any time. Their class credits will be merged into the family pool.

If it later becomes necessary to split off a student from a family, we can set an effective date for that change, leaving previous activity as a family member unaltered.