Ice skating programs grow in popularity

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— The recent expansion of Howelsen Ice Arena and the growing interest in ice skating in Steamboat Springs has figure skating coaches and rink directors excited about this season's ice skating offerings for locals and visitors to Steamboat.

In addition to hockey leagues, camps and practices, the Steamboat Springs Figure Skating Club and the public are welcome and encouraged to utilize the ice at the arena near Howelsen Hill.

Lessons being offered this season include Adult Learn to Skate, Parent-Tot Learn to Skate and Youth Learn to Skate. Session times and dates vary and anyone interested in learning more about any of the skating programs can pick up a brochure in the lobby of Howelsen Ice Arena or call the general information line at 879-0341

Skaters from a beginning to intermediate level are welcome to take advantage of the coaching opportunities available through these programs.

In addition, a calendar of all public skate sessions is available at the Howelsen Ice Arena. Times for public skates change throughout the season.

New this season is an Intro to Figure Skating Class. It is designed to teach skills at a faster pace in a small group environment.

Skaters will learn proper stretching, warm-up, cool downs, stroking, edges, spins, jumps and artistry in motion. Lessons will be eight weeks in length and cost $100. The price includes one 30-minute lesson on Sunday and a 30-minute practice time after the lesson. All skaters can participate in the figure skating club events such as ice shows, exhibitions and competitions.

Skate rentals are not included.

Session I is already under way. Session 2 begins on Nov. 23. Session 3 opens on Feb. 22. Session 2 participants have the option of joining "The Grinch" Holiday Ice Show being presented Dec. 27 and 28. Session 3 participants can take part in the Spring Showcase on April 10.

The Steamboat Springs Figure Skating Club experimented with summer usage of Howelsen Ice Arena in an effort to allow its members and other Colorado skaters the opportunity for continued work even during the warmer months of the year.

The public will have several opportunities to watch the Figure Skating Club in action throughout the winter season. The club puts on two ice shows, including "The Grinch" in late December, which utilizes props, extensive costumes and makeup and skaters of all abilities.

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