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     Learn to Skate USA Overview

The Basic Skills Program is designed by LEARN TO SKATE USA is the best beginning ice skating program that serves the needs of both the recreational and the competitive skater. It is built on the premise of offering positive, rewarding and safe skating experiences to participants of all ages and ability levels.

The curriculum is designed to keep skaters enthusiastic about learning from the time they begin lessons until the time they reach their goals. Whether their goal is to achieve Olympic fame or simply enjoy the recreational benefits of skating, skaters find that the Basic Skills Program is the perfect place to begin. The Basic Skills Program is also the only learn-to-skate program endorsed by USA Hockey, US Speedskating and the Special Olympics.  The progression of skills is done in proper sequential order (example: learning edges before turns). This sequence is as important for recreational skaters as it is for those who may one day advance to a more competitive track. All Basic Skills members will receive an issue of the SKATING magazine Basic Skills Edition with membership.

U.S. Figure Skating proudly endorses Learn to Skate USA as the nation’s premier ice skating instructional program. With a progressive curriculum grounded in fundamentals, Learn to Skate USA is the first step for anyone interested in becoming a figure skater. Learn to Skate USA teaches, challenges and rewards skaters at all levels and disciplines in a fun way that surely will lead to a lifetime love of the sport.

The Learn to Skate USA initiative is enthusiastically endorsed by USA Hockey as it addresses the initial needs of all participants entering the various ice skating sports. In hockey, skating is the most important foundational skill. By following the Learn to Skate USA curriculum, we know skaters will acquire the proper skills that will allow them success as they transition to hockey or any of the other skating disciplines. Getting started on the right path with the right skills will ultimately lead to a more successful hockey experience for all.

The Learn to Skate USA program is endorsed by the Professional Skaters Association (PSA). The PSA is the official coaching education and accreditation organization of U.S. Figure Skating. Participation at all levels of skill, interest and ability are paramount to PSA coaches. Learn to Skate USA makes it possible for all skaters to learn the fundamentals of ice skating and enjoy skating as a lifelong activity.



 To provide a fun and positive experience that will instill a lifelong love of skating.


  • Teach children and adults the fundamentals of ice skating while building confidence and skills through each lesson.
  • Provide a progressive curriculum that ensures success from the first steps on the ice to the mastery of advanced skills.  
  • Promote the health and fitness benefits of ice skating. 
  • Equip each participant with the foundation necessary to reach their goal, be it recreational or competitive in nature.  

NOTES: Class schedule pending enrollment minimums. Prorated enrollments accepted up to the 4th class of the session. $10 credit prorated for classes that have passed. Price adjustment occurs with Rink Office payment adjustment. Walk ons without enrollment are not accepted so that we can provide the best service to our classes. Basic Skill Levels are evaluated in class 6 and BRING A BUDDY occurs on class 7 of each session. 

SNOWPLOW SAM 1-4:  The Snowplow Sam levels are designed to help the preschool-age skater develop preliminary coordination and strength necessary to maneuver on the ice. Snowplow Sam is a big, fuzzy, white bear who loves to skate. Time with Snowplow Sam will allow preschool children to become comfortable on the ice. Helmets required for skaters under age 6. LTS USA Helmet Tutorial click here

BASIC SKILLS 1-6:  The Basic Skills are the fundamentals of the sport. These eight levels of the program introduce the fundamental moves: forward skating, backward skating, stops, edges, crossovers, three turns and Mohawks. Upon completion of the Basic 1-8 levels, skaters will have the basic knowledge of the sport, enabling them to advance to the more specialized areas of skating. Ice skating is fun and healthy exercise that can be enjoyed for a lifetime.  "Learn to Skate" programs are designed to introduce skating at any age and start at any level!  The classes are the pre-cursor to learning to play the exciting game of ice hockey or to figure skate or to recreational skate!

PRE-FREESKATE/FREESKATE 1-6: Each free skate level is comprised of a variety of progressive skating skills, transitions, spins and jumps — all of which build on the previous skill, providing skaters a strong foundation of all elements. These levels will be taught in a positive and interactive group format such as a bridge program, circuit classes or as an introductory training program. Instructors will focus on quality and mastery of skills. Our current Learn to Skate Classes work with Snow Plow Sam and Basic Skills. Starting in March, we will have clinics and classes to develop Freeskate Skills.

HOCKEY (NEW!): Hockey Badges 1-4 prepare hockey players with the skate skills to proceed to Learn to Play Hockey!

Sessions run throughout the year. Class days/times may alter from session to session.








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LTS USA Helmet Tutorial


Helmets required for ages 5 years and under. Bring to wear - gloves, socks, and light layers to keep warm. All classes are 45 minutes: 30 minute group instruction with 15 minute practice time plus for each class attended, skater receives a special public skate pass to use for additional practice. Use our online registration for the class/session of your choice.

Ready to start, but the session has already started? We accept new online registrations up to the 3rd class of the session. You will be protated for previous classes at $10 per class in the rink office. In order to keep classes running smoothly and safely, all skaters must be registered online in advance (no drop ins).

Make up class policy: you can let us know what class you will be attending during the same session if you have missed a class on your scheduled time. If you have a pre-planned event to work arround, let us know when you will make up class - you can make up the class prior or after your missed class.

Cancelling a registration may incur a $20 retainer to cover administration and LTS USA membership that in included with your registration price.


ICE TYKES-Snow Plow Sam Levels - ages 3-6 years. Young skaters enroll to learn USFSA Snow Plow Sam basic skills program using fun and games. We have a dedicated Ice Tykes class Snow Plow Sam levels for ages 4-6 years on Fridays at 9:30am plus Snow Plow Sam levels in all our Learn to Skate classes.

LEARN TO SKATE - Basic Levels -Basic levels 1-3 plus Snow Plow Sam from very beginner to advanced and all ages including adults. Learn skate skills for both figure and hockey skating. 

Skating skills are taught to prepare skaters for recreational, hockey, and figure skating. 

SERIES 1 6 weeks  $90

THURSDAYS 5:30pm-6:15pm 

open to Snow Plow Sam to Adult

9/19, 26, 10/3, 10, 17, 24


Our goal is to introduce and develop basic ice skating skills appropriately to allow skaters to pursue their goals of recreational, figure, or hockey skating and more. 

Each enrolled skater will receive a personalized public skate pass good for 6 public skates in order to advance skills outside of class. Be sure to keep this single punch card type pass for the duration of the Series. It is good only for the enrolled skater to use.

Once enrolled online, get ready for class!

Skaters age 5 and under need to wear a safety helmet- a sports or bike helmet is fine. The rink is about 45F so wear light layers that allow movement (no slippery material snow suits).Gloves and socks are suggested.

 Enter the rink and check in at skate rental, plus pick up your name tag and rental skates if needed. Proceed to rink side to meet your instructors. The classes are color coded with your nametag. Enter the ice with your instructor and get ready for your 30 minute group lesson. Finish up with some practice time to try out your learned skills. 

Thursday classes are open to Snowplow Sam (ages 4-6), Basic Skills 1-6, Basic Skills Adults, Hockey Skate Skills 1-4. 

Whether you are new to ice skating or continuing your skills, we have the Learn to Skate USA program training to properly develop your skills in a safe and progressive manner by experienced skating instructors. Our instructors are additionally trained for LTS USA program and abide by Safesport requirements.

At the end of class, return your nametag and rental skates to be ready for next class. Practice using your public skate pass to continue your improvement!

Skaters are evaluated on their Snowplow Sam and Basic Level skills at every class and there is a dedicated evaluation on the 5th class to determine if they have not only learned a skill, but mastered it, to prepare the skater for the next level. Instructors are available just before or after class if you have any questions.

See you on the ice! 


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