Blade Runners

The 5 Best Ice Rinks for Hockey, Skating, and Curling

Channel your inner Wayne Gretzky or Tara Lipinski, indoors and out.

By Allison Pattillo and Elizabeth Nix February 16, 2017 Published in the Midwinter/Spring 2017 issue of Aspen Sojourner

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Go for a skate in the heart of downtown Aspen at the Silver Circle Ice Rink. 

The Silver Circle Ice Rink offers a small, very family-friendly outdoor venue in the heart of Aspen, with burgers and hot chocolate available rinkside at CP Burger. $8 with skate rental; $4 if you bring your own.

Recently renovated, the 50-year-old Aspen Ice Garden’s indoor rink hosts adult league recreational hockey games, as well as figure skating lessons and curling. Drop-in hockey sessions for adults ($14) take place at noon Tuesday to Friday.

The indoor, NHL-size Lewis Ice Arena at the Aspen Recreation Center (ARC) offers rentals ($3) and public skating sessions ($18.75 entrance fee) Sunday to Friday, and some Saturdays, usually from 1:30–3:45 p.m.

Located behind the ARC, the quaint outdoor ARC-tic Skating Pond is free—bring your own skates or borrow from the pile of loaners put out each day.

A portion of the Snowmass Rodeo Grounds turns into the free, open-air Snowmass Village Ice Rink in the winter, with $3 rentals, four-times-a-week supervised public skate sessions, and open ice until 9 p.m. the rest of the time.

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Stone Cold Fun

You may only know curling as that quirky endeavor that surfaces every four years at the Winter Olympics, but it’s thriving in Aspen. One of the world’s oldest team sports and an Olympic event since 1998, it involves teams of four sliding granite stones over a sheet of ice toward a target. While the game may be better known in Canada than the United States, Aspen has had a league of its own for the past decade, and two dozen teams—with names like Stone Thugs and Harmony, Game of Stones, and Broom Shakalaka—play every Wednesday evening through March at the Aspen Ice Garden. 

“It’s very social, and most people who join haven’t curled before,” says Devlin Petrillo of the Aspen Curling Club. The best way to get involved? Check out the play one night, befriend a curler, and get on a team for next winter.

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