Who doesn’t love a little ice skating adventure? Some might be afraid to try it, but with this simple guide on how to ice-skate, we think you’ll be ready to give it a go before winter is over!
If it’s your first time ice-skating, it is important to get a good pair of skates. Many ice skating rinks rent by the hour or you can just purchase your own if you plan on going year-round to indoor rinks.
Tying Your Skates
Make sure your skates are not too tight or your feet will become numb. On the other hand, if your skates are too loose, they will not provide the proper support for your ankles.
Many ice skating locations are outdoors or indoors if it’s not winter. Since it requires freezing temperatures to maintain the ice, the temperature can be fairly chilly and your muscles will probably be cold at the start. Before you get on the ice, it is wise to dress warmly. Don’t forget gloves. To warm up before getting on the ice, start with some bending and work your way up to some stretches. If you jump right into stretches, you might end up injuring yourself, so be cautious.
There are many ice skating lessons that are offered at most rinks. You can take a few group lessons, which are available for all ages. Or, if you know an experienced skater, they can teach others how to skate!
Don’t Look Down!
It is recommended to keep looking up, rather than looking down at your feet to see where you are going. This will help you avoid bumping into other skaters on the ice.
Don’t Lean Backwards
If you are leaning backwards, you might end up falling down all the time. It’s best to keep your knees bent and your weight forward. Hold your arms out in front of you and open them wide to stay balanced.
This is the most important thing that you should know how to do! To stop, bend your knees, turn the toe of each skate inwards, point your heels out and push out on your heels. Doing this will slow you down and bring you to a stop.
If you are ice-skating in a crowded location, it is important to follow the directional rule on the ice, either clockwise or vice-versa. If you skate the wrong way, you can hurt yourself and others.
It is normal to fall a good amount of times before you actually get the hang of ice-skating. Just remember to remain cautious at all times. If you’re still nervous about falling, you can wear knee, elbow or wrist pads and a helmet.
To find ice skating rinks or frozen lakes near you, download your state parks Pocket Ranger® app and search By Activity from our Explore feature!
Remember to check ice conditions on all lakes, ponds, etc. before heading out!