Take some time from your Summit County vacation to remember that mountains and ice skating are like hot cocoa and marshmallows: best enjoyed with friends and family on a cold winter day.
- Keystone Lake, with five acres, is the largest Zamboni-maintained outdoor skating rink in North America, offering hockey and recreational skating.
- Take plenty of pictures to remember cruising around the winter pond with friends during an afternoon on the ice.
- Attend a hockey clinic or figure skating class in Keystone or Breckenridge.
Winter vacations shouldn't always be the adrenaline-pumping activities from the magazines. Take some time to remember the simpler times of warm fireplaces, hot cocoa and lacing up some skates for a hand-held trip around the lake.
Understanding that both kids and adults enjoy the simplicity of ice skating, Breckenridge, Keystone and Copper maintain facilities to provide an few hours of fun on the ice.
Where to go Ice Skating
In Breckenridge, ice skating is available in two separate areas:
The Steven C. West Arena offers year-round facilities, complete with summer camps for hockey and figure skating, as well as a full service pro-shop.
- Where: 189 Boreas Pass Rd., on the southeast side of Breckenridge
- When: Hours of operation are 8am – 12am, but the schedule for public free skate varies, so check with the arena at (970) 547-9974.
- Admission: Adults $8, Youth $6
- Skate Rental: $4 per session
Maggie Pond is a great option for the entire family. Simply rent some skates and take some turns around the lake, all the while enjoying the winter views of the surrounding mountains.
- Where: At the base of Peak 8, in the center of The Village at Breckenridge
- When: Until 10pm, weather permitting
- Skate Rental: From Breckenridge Sports at Maggie Ponds. Inquire for prices.
Keystone Lake is the largest Zamboni-maintained outdoor skating rink in all of North America, which means that there's plenty of room for everyone. Between the hockey, figure skating and simply gliding around the ice, there's enough ice and activity for everyone to enjoy.
- Where: West of town center in Lakeside Village, off Hwy 6
- When: 10am – 9pm
- Admission: Adult $12, Youth $9, Senior $6
- Skate Rental: Adult $10, Youth $5, Senior $3
While boats may paddle it in the summer, West Lake turns into a skating pond in winter, offering fun for everyone in a convenient location.
- Where: West Lake, located in the center of The Village at Copper
- When: 10am – 9pm
- Rental Fee: $10 per session from Chub's, located on the southeast corner
Both Keystone and Breckenridge have hockey clinics, figure skating instruction and kids' skate, so make sure to ask about times and prices.