Have you ever thought about taking ice skating lessons but felt you were too old?

Sometimes, it might seem as if only young people can ice skate, but that’s not quite true. Skating can be enjoyed at all ages! Here are some reasons why it’s not too late for you to skate to great:

1. You join a welcoming community.

Ice skating brings people from all walks of life together to share a common passion. When you start skating, you’ll be welcomed into a community of skaters who want to be your friend and help you throughout your skating journey.

The Learn to Skate USA 5th Birthday Virtual 5K has been extended until August! Sign up now to earn your medal!

Thanks to the fantastic success of the Learn to Skate USA 5th Birthday Virtual 5K, we are extending the event until Aug. 31. Sign up and complete your 5K today, tomorrow or next month to earn your 5th Birthday 5K medal.

Have you submitted your completion photo yet? Check your email for instructions on sending your photo and completion form.

If you haven’t signed up for the 5K, there’s still time! Learn more and sign up here.

Here are just a few of our favorite photos from the Learn to Skate USA 5th Birthday Virtual 5K:

By Ed Rabinowitz

Members of the Seattle Kraken will take to the ice this fall for the NHL team’s inaugural season. But while that first drop of the puck is still months away, the enthusiasm that’s been generated is widespread and growing.

“I think what people are starting to recognize is how having an NHL presence here expands the awareness of ice sports in general,” Mary Klugherz, a Seattle-based singles and pairs competition judge, and former chair of the U.S. Figure Skating Strategic Planning Committee says. “This will help the skating community grow, both hockey and figure skating.”

Kraken Training Center will serve as the hockey hub of the Pacific Northwest. Not only will it house the new NHL team’s official practice rink, but it will also be a community-oriented facility for adult and youth hockey, figure skating, leagues, events and more. The facility is located five miles north of downtown Seattle at Northgate Mall and will have three ice rinks, an official team store, restaurant and bar, and Kraken staff offices. A full schedule of activities and registration will launch in summer 2021.

That’s a…

Learn to Skate USA turned 5 years old on June 1, and we are celebrating all summer long! Join us for a special virtual 5K event — keep reading to find out how you can take part.

Open to skaters and non-skaters alike, the Learn to Skate USA 5th Birthday Virtual 5K is a fun opportunity for individuals of all ages to participate in a fun virtual 5K race. Participants may complete the 5K in any manner they choose, and all finishers will receive an official Learn to Skate USA Virtual 5K medal recognizing their accomplishments!

Learn to Skate USA…

Join us in celebrating five years of skating to great! Here are 5 ways to join in on the fun.

On June 1, 2016, Learn to Skate USA launched with a mission to provide a fun and positive experience that will instill a lifelong love of skating. Today, we’re celebrating five years of sharing our mission with skaters across the country, and we want you to join in on the fun!

1. Run, Walk or Skate Your Way to the 5th Birthday Virtual 5K

Run, walk or skate your way to a 5K in honor of Learn to Skate USA’s 5th birthday. Upon completion, all registrants entered will receive a limited-edition race medal. …

Competitions are one of the most rewarding and exciting experiences for skaters. At these events, skaters will learn sportsmanship, camaraderie, confidence and so much more.

How can you teach those characteristics in Learn to Skate USA group classes, where skaters may not be ready for traveling for skating yet, or they’re just not financially feasible? Try engaging your skaters with an in-house competition!

In-house Learn to Skate USA competitions are events you can hold during regular group classes where skaters can reap the same benefits as normal competitions without the price tag or travel required.

In-house competitions don’t have to…

Many skaters take to the ice dreaming of becoming Olympic figure skaters, star hockey players or the fastest speed skaters. Lofty dreams can start early, so the topic of what type of skate to wear (figure, hockey, speed) can be a difficult subject with brand-new skaters.

New skaters should start with beginner skates that have a toe pick. They are typically more comfortable and easier to tie. Some even having Velcro straps to fasten the skate. Beginner skates also have a flatter, longer blade for better balance and a much smaller toe pick, if any. Unfortunately, most rinks only offer…

From the Winter 2020 edition of Learn to Skate USA: The Magazine

As Charlie Brown once said, “There are three things in life that people like to stare at: a flowing stream, a crackling fire and a Zamboni clearing the ice.”

Perhaps one of the most interesting parts of going to a hockey game or skating competition is watching the ice resurfacer glide across the ice, a smooth glassy line trailing behind the machine. Have you ever wondered how it creates the perfect smooth ice skaters love?

Before the invention of the ice resurfacer, maintaining the ice at rinks across…

By Taylor Dean

Ice skating has been around for centuries, dating back as early as 1000 BC as a way to travel across frozen water. Today, ice sports take the stage at the Winter Olympics every four years, and skaters of all ages practice their skills year-round.

One of the most important parts of skating is the attire. Without the proper protection, skaters long ago couldn’t brave the cold and help evolve the sports we know and love today.

Hockey players couldn’t sport their team colors or protect themselves from injury. Without skin suits, speed skaters couldn’t zoom across the…

You imagine performing the same hat tricks and triple Axels you see at the Olympics. You envision yourself preparing for a big competition like Kate and Doug in The Cutting Edge. Or perhaps you want to skate like your favorite character in a book. Motivation to hit the ice can come from anywhere— even reading.

Reading isn’t just good for your mind, it’s good for skating, too! Whether you’re just starting out or ready to take center ice at the competition of the year, these 10 books about ice skating will ignite your motivation.

For the Kids: “Dream Big, Little Pig!” by Kristi Yamaguchi

Poppy is a little pig with…

Learn to Skate USA Blog

Lessons in skating, lessons in life, powered by Toyota. Visit LearnToSkateUSA.com to get started.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store