Q: When are your public skate hours?
A: Public Skate hours vary depending on the day and any events we may be hosting. Public Skating hours are subject to change. Please check our calendar (link) for the most updated times.
Q: What are the prices?
A: Monday-Friday admission is $6 for all ages. Friday Evening – Sunday AND Holidays, admission is $8 for ages 10+ and $6 for ages 9 and under. Skate Rental is always $4 for hockey or figure skates. Admission is good for the entire time public skate is offered (even if sessions are spaced out on that day).
Q: How cold is it?
A: XIC is a cool 51 degrees inside! We encourage you to dress warmly- long pants, long-sleeved shirts, mittens or gloves, and don’t forget your socks!
Q: Do you have skating aids?
A: We offer blue “walkers” that are first come first serve. You cannot call to reserve them ahead of time and we cannot reserve them for parties or groups. These walkers are for ages 8 and under and are for learning balance only- please no bumper cars are pushing them like sleds! We do ask that once you have gained balance to return the scooter to give another skater a try. During busy public skate hours, a skate guard will be on hand to make sure scooters are being used equally.
Q: Will there be a coach available to help?
A: Coaches are available for lessons by reservation only. Please contact our coaches (link) if you are interested in taking a private skating lesson.
Q: Do I have to sign a waiver before getting on the ice?
A: No, a waiver is not required before getting on the ice, HOWEVER- with the purchase of admission, you will receive a wristband stating that you are skating at your own risk. Wristbands must be worn when on the ice. Your wristband will also allow you to return to public skating if you skated at a previous public session earlier that day or decide to leave and come back that day.
Q: Do you have helmets for rent?
A: No, helmets are not available for rent. We encourage you to bring your own- especially for first time skaters! Bike helmets are adequate for skating.
Q: What size skates do you have?
A: In Figure Skates, our sizes range from 8 Youth – 14 Adult. In Hockey Skates, our sizes range from 12 Youth – 13 Adult.
Q: If public session is not being offered, can we skate on the “puddle” instead?
A: The “Puddle” Rink is available by private rental only. You may rent the “puddle” for $75 for 50 minutes.
Q: When do you turn the lights out during public skating?
A: The main lights go out and the Disco & Laser lights come on during Friday and Saturday night public sessions only.
Q: Do you have food available for purchase?
A: Yes, our concession stand is located on the main floor of Extreme Ice Center. It serves a variety of food from snacks such as candy and pretzels to large meals like hamburgers and chicken tenders. The concession stand opens at 2 pm during the week day and 8 am on the weekend. Please note that the concession stand is cash only. XIC does also offer a full-service bar and restaurant, the Center Ice Tavern, on the second level of our facility. Center Ice Tavern opens at 5 pm on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday/ 5:30 pm on Tuesday & Thursday / and 12 noon on Saturday and Sunday.
Q: Can I bring in outside food or drinks?
A: Outside food and drinks are not permitted inside Extreme Ice Center. Food can be purchased at our concession stand, in our restaurant (Center Ice Tavern), or special catering (link) options are also available.
Tips on How to Make the Most of Your First Public Skating Session:
If you’re skating for the very first time on a public skating session, here are a few pointers on basic skating and safety:
– Once you have put your skates on, practice walking around in the lobby until you feel comfortable in your skates. Please make sure that your ankles are supported and laced all the way to the top.
– An important part of basic skating is learning how to fall down and stand back up properly:
- Stand up straight with your arms stretched out in front of you.
- Bend down into a squat position.
- Fall down to the floor onto the side of your hip. When you are skating, try your best not to fall forward straight onto your knees.
- Quickly bring your arms into your chest. Skating sessions can get very busy, it is important that you don’t leave your hands on the ice for too long. This will minimize the chance of getting caught in another’s skates.
- Now roll over onto your hands and knees (like a puppy dog).
- Carefully pull one leg up and bring your knee to your chest.
- Slowly try to stand up by slightly raising your bottom into the air and firmly pushing up with both of your hands.
- As you are standing up, keep a slight knee bend and extend your arms outwards in order to keep your balance.
-Now you are prepared to get on the ice! At the door, carefully step onto the ice while holding the edge of the wall (turn sideways and step over the plastic door step as you enter the ice).
-If you feel secure and balanced enough, slowly let go of the wall and begin marching on the ice. Marching on the ice is no different than walking around in the lobby. Try not to slide your feet back and forth or move your feet too fast. Slowly march/walk on the ice as if you were just walking around on the ground. As you feel more comfortable, you will see your marching evolve into skating.
-Once you develop your confidence you can try a few of the following basic skating moves:
-Two-Foot Glide – take about 5 marches and then freeze your feet together, side by side and you will glide across the ice.
-Dip – do a two-foot glide and then slowly bend down into a squatting position as if you were sitting in a chair, holding your hands outstretched in front of you for balance.
– Forward Swizzles – start with your heels together and toes pointed outwards – then bend your knees and glide your toes further apart – then pull your toes back together – your swizzle should make a rounded football shape.