With the sun deep in the southern horizon and a chill in the air, it’s time to lace up those skates. Ice skates that is. The High Sierra has plenty of options both indoor and outdoor where you can strap on a pair of blades and hit a frozen rink. Here’s just a few of the spots you can go ice skating in the High Sierra.
Curry Village Ice Skating Rink
Welcome to one of the most celebrated winter-time traditions in Yosemite National Park. Visitors have enjoyed hitting the slick stuff since 1928 in the Curry Village. Even if gliding on a sheet of ice doesn’t take your breath away, the scenery sure will. The rink offers up spectacular views of Half Dome & Glacier Point.
Long Barn Ice Skating Rink
Want a guarantee that the ice will be perfect? Long Barn Lodge offers a popular indoor ice rink for all levels of skaters. It’s been a family-favorite winter destination for decades. And for those that haven’t ice skated before, they provide both private and group lessons to make sure you maximize the fun level.
Northstar California Ice Skating Rink
Located in the heart of The Village at Northstar, the 9,000 square foot arena is the perfect ending to your day in the mountains. Recapture your childhood moments on the skating rink in the Village center. After you’re done gliding on the ice or maybe just need a break, enjoy an adult cocktail at the Cabana bar or a hot cocoa next to the many fire pits surrounding the picturesque venue. Not near Northstar? Well, be sure to check out the vast list of rinks that are available in North Lake Tahoe.
Truckee Ice Rink
For those that want to try their hand at the outdoor kind of ice skating, Truckee Ice Rink is a wonderful option. Located just a half mile outside of the Historic Town of Truckee, it offers up some great skating. Typically open by mid-November you’ll find skate rentals and a snack bar alongside a toasty bonfire. If it’s your first time or just need to brush up on your skating both private and group private lessons are available for all ages. This is just a sampling of the family fun to be found in and around Truckee.
There are few things more enjoyable on a winter’s day than a good skate. Lucky for us, the High Sierra is home to some epic indoor and outdoor ice rinks offering many opportunities to get out there and enjoy it. Don’t let the season pass by without getting at least one session of skating in.
Author: Alex Silgalis
Alex Silgalis is an outdoors travel writer who enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, or having a cold one from a local mountain brewery. See more of Alex’s work at https://localfreshies.com
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