Manager Stacey Foster is expecting brisk business Monday when Howelsen Ice Arena opens for the season.
"We've got a full schedule," Foster said. "We have lots of open skates, lots of drop-ins and hockey camps the first few weeks."
The rink officially opens at 7:15 a.m. Monday with the first of three hockey camps. The first official open skate of the year will take place at 1:30 p.m. Monday and will last until 3:30 p.m.
"I think we get a lot more open skaters in the summer months," Foster said. "We've already had people who were walking on the Yampa River Core Trail stop, come in and ask if we were open. It's hot outside and skating is one of the best ways to cool off."
Skaters who come to the rink will be greeted by the new bump out, which was the final part of a $3.285 million improvement project completed this summer. The latest additions include new office space, an admission area and front lobby.
The opening will also mean the return of adult hockey leagues to the Steamboat sports scene. Foster said the three leagues, which include A, B and C levels, were nearly.
The adult leagues will begin Aug. 12 and run through Oct. 26. To help those athletes get ready for the season Foster said the rink was offering several drop-in sessions before the start of the leagues.
"We want the players to get their skates back under them and drop-in hockey sessions are the best way to do that," she said.
The arena will host three hockey camps in August. Foster said the camps would use the ice in the morning, but there should be plenty of opportunities to use the rink at other times.
Open skating is from 1:30--3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. There also is a session from 6:15-8:15 p.m. Monday nights.
For a complete ice arena schedule or for more information, call 879-0341