There’s nothing quite as festive as gliding around on glittering ice, enjoying the crisp winter air with family and friends (and maybe a hot toddy, too!).
Ice skating is an ideal way to celebrate winter and all its glory, without needing to battle ski traffic or plan a big adventure.
Though Boulder closed its downtown ice rink back in 2014, there are still plenty of other rinks to check out in the surrounding area.
Below, some of the best places to go skating in Boulder County and beyond this winter.
Longmont Ice Rink
Head northwest to Longmont to skate among the beautiful trees adorned with holiday lights at Roosevelt Park. Located at 725 8th Ave., this outdoor ice rink is situated under a covered pavilion to protect skaters from the elements. Fees range from $6 to $8.75, depending on your age and where you live, and you can also rent skates here for just $4 per person. Anyone can drop in for open skate, however, the Longmont ice rink also offers drop-in hockey sessions and recommends making a reservation if you want to participate.
Want to learn how to skate or level-up your hockey skills? The city offers adult hockey skills classes, a youth hockey program and various learn-to-skate classes for all age ranges (even adults!). And be sure to mark your calendar for a romantic skate “date night” on Friday, Feb. 10 from 7-9 p.m.
The ice rink is also perfect for birthday parties or work gatherings, so consider renting out the whole thing — the fee includes rental skates for everyone.
You can get all of the details about skating in Longmont, as well as the rink’s operating hours, on the city of Longmont website.
WinterSkate Outdoor Ice Rink in Louisville
Back for its 19th season, Louisville’s beloved WinterSkate outdoor ice rink is open now through Feb. 20.
Kids 3 and under skate for free, while skaters age 4 and up pay $10-$13, depending on the day of the week. Skate rentals are included in the fee, too, so no need to worry about bringing your own.
The rink spans more than 5,000 square feet, so you’ve got plenty of room to cruise around with your crew. There are also snacks and concessions available at the rink, and you can hold private events and parties there, too.
Carlston Ice Arena at the Lafayette YMCA
Open to skaters of all ages and ability levels, the Carlston Ice Arena is conveniently located inside the Lafayette Y. Skating is free for members, or $5 for youth and $8 for adults who are non-members.
In addition to recreational skating times, enjoy youth hockey, adult hockey, skating classes and freestyle skate sessions. You can also rent out the ice rink for private events.
Learn more and look at the facility schedule on the Lafayette YMCA website to start planning your visit today.
NedRINK in Nederland
Run by volunteers, NedRINK at 500 Indian Peaks Dr. is a beautiful winter playground that offers ice skating, drop-in hockey sessions and other events. It’s the same size as a standard Olympic rink, measuring in at an impressive 100 feet by 200 feet!
Daily skating fees are $10-$12 for adults and $8-$10 for kids under 18. You can also buy a season pass if you plan to head up to Nederland quite a bit throughout the winter. Skates are available for rent for $5 for youth and $8 for adults.
And if you’re looking for a new project to get involved with, the rink is always looking for volunteers. Learn more on the NedRINK website.