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Places to Go Ice Skating in the West

Posted by Karen Reardanz on December 01, 2016
ice skating in Union Square in San Francisco, picture
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Photo: Jerry Yim

Hit the ice this holiday season. Popping up in cities around the West this time of year, ice skating rinks create mini winter wonderlands in unexpected places. But there are also year-round and winter-only spots where you can channel your inner figure skating or hockey pro—or at least pretend to—beyond the new year.

Places to go Ice Skating in Northern California

Downtown San Francisco

Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square: This small but picturesque outdoor rink is located in the heart of San Francisco’s shopping area. It's open through January 16, 2017.

Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center: Just across the Embarcadero from the historic Ferry Building, this outdoor rink—in Justin Herman Plaza—is open through January 8, 2017.

Yerba Buena Ice Skating and Bowling Center: San Francisco’s only year-round skating facility comes complete with lessons, public skate sessions, and hockey leagues.

Oakland/San Jose/Fremont

Oakland Ice Center: Daily public skate sessions are offered all year, plus lessons and hockey. There are two additional sister facilities in San Jose and Fremont, as well.

Places to go Ice Skating in Lake Tahoe

Olympic Ice Pavilion: Squaw Valley's seasonal rink offers beautiful views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountains in addition to ice skating.

The Village at North Star: This 9,000-square-foot winter-only rink is surrounded by fire pits to warm up by as well as shops for après-skate activities.

South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena: An indoor, year-round facility, with daily public skate sessions, plus lessons and hockey games.

Heavenly Village Ice Skating Rink: This seasonal South Lake Tahoe rink is located in the village complex.

Truckee Ice Rink: An outdoor skating rink situated among pine trees and open through early March.

the ice skating rink at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, picture
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Photo: Courtesy of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
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Ice skating above the Las Vegas Strip at the Cosmopolitan.

Places to go Ice Skating in Las Vegas

The Ice Rink: The Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is transformed into a skating rink through January 1, 2017. In addition to views of the Strip, this spot also offers a show of light snow showers every 30 minutes on weekend evenings.

Las Vegas Ice Center: Year-round ice skating is available at this indoor rink. Public skate sessions are available daily, in addition to figure skating lessons and hockey leagues, lessons, and tournaments. 

Places to go Ice Skating in Reno

Downtown Ice Rink: The outdoor ice rink at Greater Nevada Field is open through the end of January.

Places to go Ice Skating in Salt Lake City

Gallivan Center: Located within the recently renovated John W. Gallivan Center, which hosts concerts and festivals throughout the year, this rink is open through mid February.

Salt Lake City Sports Complex: This Olympic-sized skating rink is part of a larger fitness complex. The rink offers regular public skating hours in addition to hockey lessons and games.