Ice skating lessons
St. Louis Park Skate School offers a hybrid skating program to meet the needs of all our skaters that incorporates the Learn to Skate USA and Ice Skating Institute (ISI) weSkate program curriculum. Each class presents a progression of specific skills that build upon one another. It is not unusual for a student to remain in the same level for a few sessions before mastering the skills needed to move up to the next level. Skaters that desire to progress quickly are encouraged to register for two classes a week.
- Protective headgear is required for all Snowplow skaters. Bicycle or lightweight hockey helmets are acceptable.
- Practice ice (if available) on the day of class is available for registered skaters and the parents of Snowplow class participants. No practice ice is available on Sunday sessions.
- No shoes or boots on the ice.
- Skaters should wear warm, comfortable clothing, including gloves and mittens.
- First-time skaters and those using rental skates should arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of class to be on time.
What level to register for
If you are not sure what level to register for, please register them as follows:
- Skaters who are 6 years old and younger, who have little or no skating experience, should sign up for Beginner Snowplow.
- Skaters who are 7 years old and older, who have little or no skating experience, should sign up for Basic 1/Pre-Alpha. This class moves a little faster than Beginner Snowplow classes.
Skaters at be moved during the first few weeks of class to a level that is appropriate or more comfortable for them.
Class assignments are not guaranteed. Classes may be combined with others or canceled if the minimum number ahs not been met. Contact the skating director for any questions.
The deadline to register for classes is two weeks prior to the start of the next session. If there are wait lists, priority will be given to skaters registered for the previous session. Add your name to the waitlist if a class is full. Additional classes may be added.
Fees are $78 per skater for residents and $86 for non-residents. There is a reduced fee for Team Skate and Moves, Power, Edges -$50 per skater for residents and $59 for non-residents. Fees includes skate rental, ISI weSkate membership, practice ice and three free open skate passes.
November 2019 - February 2020 programs
The following programs will be offered April - August 2019. Visit the online registration website for more information and to register.
Developmental open ice skating
- Sept. 3 – Dec. 24 (Tuesdays and Wednesdays), 6:30 – 8:30 a.m.
- Sept. 7 – Dec. 28 (Saturdays), 7 – 8 a.m.
- Nov. 5 – March 31 (Tuesdays), 6:30 – 8:30 a.m.
- Nov. 6 – March 25 (Wednesdays), 6:30 – 8:30 a.m. (no skating Dec. 25, Jan. 1)
- Nov. 2 – March 28 (Saturdays), 7 – 8 a.m.
- Fees: Online registration is available for monthly admission. One-time entrances and punch cards can be purchased at The Rec Center.
- Monthly admission – $24 - 40 (skaters must pre-register prior to the first day of the month)
- One-time entrance – $10
- Six-pass punch card – $48
Off-ice harness training
This class provides skaters the opportunity to practice and improve their air rotation position and eliminates the focus of the on-ice set up and potential falls. Training is offered to skaters of all abilities to work on their technique in a safe environment. Skaters should wear athletic/skating attire and athletic footwear or skates.
Lessons are held in 10-minute increments. Email the skating director at email@example.com to schedule private off-ice harness training.
- When: times and days vary by instructor availability
- Fee: $5 per skater per lesson, plus private coaching fees (vary by instructor)