Arena offers fun on the ice |

Arena offers fun on the ice

— Holiday visitors to Steamboat Springs who seek an alternative winter sport to skiing may try the indoor public ice-skating at Howelsen Ice Arena. Or, if you’re hesitant to pull on a pair of skates yourself, bring the children to the holiday ice show to be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The ice arena is busy with scheduled hockey leagues, but will offer extensive public skating hours this week. There is also an ample supply of modern soft skates for rent. They have proven very appealing to beginning skaters, ice rink manager Stacey Foster said.

The ice at the arena is maintained regularly by a Zamboni and assistant manager Jim Gregoire has two decades of experience in preparing the ideal ice sheet.

The ice arena is just across the Yampa River from downtown Steamboat via the Fifth Street Bridge. Driving toward downtown on U.S. Highway 40, watch for a left turn on Fifth Street at the stoplight. Fifth Street ends at a T-intersection with Howelsen Parkway a block later and just across the bridge. Turn left and look for the entrance into the ice arena parking lot on the right.

If you’re traveling into downtown on the free to rider SST bus, just ask your driver for the most convenient stop.

Admission to public skating is $5.50 for adults and $5 for youth under age 18. Skate rentals are $3.

Public skating schedules are published in Steamboat Today every Friday on page two of the Four Points entertainment section.

Published public skating sessions for this week include: 1:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, 1:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, and 1:30 to 6 p.m. Friday.

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