As the Olympic competition heats up and outdoor temperatures struggle to creep above frigid, the cold-yet-controlled climates of Westchetser County's indoor skating rinks beckon to families who've been cooped up by this year's "Polar Vortex."
If you're looking for ways to get your own little Evgeni Plushenko or Julia Lipniskaia out there on the ice, check out these local skating classes, in rough order from Southermost to Northernmost. Also, stay up to date on the latest news, events and venues throughout Westchester by signing up for our FREE newsletter delivered right to your inbox.
Edward J Murray Memorial Skating Center - Yonkers
348 Tuckahoe Road
Celebrating its 55th birthday next year, the Edward J Murray Skating Rink in Yonkers offers Ice Skating Institute figure skating classes for ages 4- Adult. Sessions work on a “semester” schedule with the first 14-session semester starting in October and the second starting in January. Classes are 30 minutes long and private lessons are available with any member of the teaching staff. Advanced students are able to join the Yonkers Figuring Skating Club and Synchronized Skating Teams.
The Ice Hutch - Mount Vernon
655 Garden Avenue
The Ice Hutch, located in Mount Vernon, is a member of the US Figure Skating Basic Skills Program. This program strives to enhance the skills and enjoyment of figure skaters at all levels. Children can start out in their Snowplow 1 class at age 4 and progress through 8 levels of basic skills classes before moving on to more advanced skating. Each program lasts 13 weeks and families can choose between signing up for 1 or 2 classes per week. Each class lasts 30 minutes and includes skate rentals.
Hommocks Park Ice Rink - Larchmont
140 Hommocks Road
Hommocks Park Ice Rink is an indoor skating facility owned and operated by the town of Mamaronack. Part of the Ice Skating Institute, this rink is focused on cultivating a love of recreational skating. Novice skaters ages 4-6 can start out here in their tots program, while young children with some prior experience can move right into Advanced Tots or Tots II. Classes continue all the way up to the advanced level with private lessons available. Each leveled class focuses on a core set of skills and students are tested every 5 weeks to see if they are ready to move up. Each session is made up of 5 half-hour weekly classes. Prices vary depending on residency.
Westchester Skating Academy - Elmsford
91 Fairview Park Drive
Westchester Skating Academy in Elmsford has a fantastic reputation in Westchester County. With two skating surfaces, public skating events, skate rentals, a plethora of classes to choose from, camps for all ages and the onsite Center Ice Bar and Grill, this rink has it all. Children can begin taking US Figure Skating Association skating classes as young as 3 years old as part of their “Parent & Me” program and can continue to progress through Snow Plow Sam and Basic Skills to advanced and elite programs that focus on techniques like power jumps and ballet. Private lessons are available for all levels. Most classes follow a 9 week schedule and take place every week for 30 minutes. Advanced registration is required; residents of Greenburgh receive a 10% discount.
Evarts Rink - Katonah
260 Jay Street
Part of The Harvey School’s recreation facilities, Evarts Rink offers a modest variety of figuring skating classes for children ages 4 and up. Like The Ice Hutch and Westchester Skating Academy, their group classes are based on the US Figure Skating Basic Skills program, allowing children ages 4 and up to test up through increasingly difficult levels. Lessons last 30 minutes and each session runs for 8 weeks, with additional time give before and after each lesson for practice. Evarts rink does not have any skate rentals available; all participants must own or bring their own skates.
Ebersole Ice Rink - White Plains
110 Lake Street
Ebersole Ice Rink is a winter-only facility located in White Plains. Open from October through March, this outdoor rink (with a roof) has basic learn-to-skate classes, figuring skating classes, vacation camps, skating clinics and advanced figuring skating programs. For detailed information, contact the rink directly at 914-948-6696.
Bear Mountain Ice Rink - Bear Mountain
Bear Mountain State Park
Local Westchester mom, Martina Grattan, offers private lessons for the smallest skaters at the outdoor rink just across the river in Bear Mountain State Park. Limiting her classes to only 3 and 4 year olds, Martina uses her extensive experience as a certified instructor by both the Ice Skating Institute and the US Figure Skating Basic Skills Program to really focus on building up the confidence and basic skills of young skaters. Though pre-registration is required on a weekly basis, there is no long-term commitment for these lessons; parents are welcome to sign up week-to-week for 30 minute classes. This is a great way to get your preschooler out on the ice and test the frozen waters—so to speak. For more information or to register, contact Martina by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 914-522-0282. Martina Grattan is also on staff at the Hommocks Park Ice Rink.