East West Ice Palace

Skating School

Learn to Skate at East West Ice Palace

Basic Skills Program

East West Ice Palace participates in the Learn to Skate USA program, created by U.S. Figure Skating and endorsed by USA Hockey, US Speedskating, the Professional Skaters Association (PSA), and the Special Olympics.

Our goals for the Skating School at East West Ice Palace:

  1. To make your skating safe and pleasurable.
  2. To improve your skills through progressive levels which will bring confidence and satisfaction at each step.
  3. To build a solid foundation which will serve you well if you later decide to pursue an ice sport, whether it be figure skating, speed skating, or ice hockey.

Registration Information

Our program runs year-round. You can start at any time.

Classes are offered on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. Attendance is flexible. Pick and choose what fits your schedule.

The tuition is $120 for each set of 8 classes (i.e. $15 per class), plus a $20 annual enrollment fee to cover membership in the Learn to Skate USA program. The total to start is $140. Skate rental is included.

Most of our students attend one class per week, but you can choose to do more (or less) if you prefer. Each time you attend you use one class credit. We keep track of how many you’ve used and how many remain. We’ll let you know when your credits are running out and it’s time to renew.

This system is very flexible. You can attend on whichever day(s) of the week you prefer and vary your schedule from week to week as you see fit. If you are out sick, away on vacation, or simply busy with other activities, you will not lose any credits. They are yours to use at your own pace. They will not expire.

Registration is handled at the rink. If you want to start on the same day that you sign up, please arrive at least 20 to 30 minutes before the scheduled class time. It will take about that long to complete the paperwork, get your skates and lace them up, introduce yourself to the teachers, and get out on the ice without being rushed.

If you are considering taking classes but aren’t ready to commit to a full set of eight, we do offer the option of a “Trial Class”. This is a single class priced at $20, intended to help you decide whether you want to continue with more. If you do decide to register for a full set, we recommend that you do so the same day — we’ll apply the trial class fee toward the regular price, charging you the difference of $120. If you wait until a later date, the normal rates will apply ($120 for eight classes plus the $20 enrollment fee — a total of $140).

More about the Enrollment Fee

The $20 enrollment fee covers membership in the Learn to Skate USA program. However, if you are already a member in good standing of Learn to Skate USA, US Figure Skating, or USA Hockey then we’ll waive the fee. It is then your responsibility to renew your membership when it next comes due.

Age Requirements

Many people ask, “What is a good age to start skating?” There are no real limits. Ice skating is a lifetime activity, something you can do for pleasure, health, and fitness at any age. We generally find that most children do well on the ice from around three years old, though that is not a fixed minimum. Some are ready to tackle the challenge much sooner than that. As to the grown-ups, if you are in good health and are accustomed to physical activity, you can learn to skate too. Many of our parents like to take classes along with their young ones.

Beginners age 5 and under please note that only Wednesday at 5:10 pm is available — the Snowplow Sam class. Once you've progressed enough and are promoted to Basic 1 or above, you can attend whenever Basic classes are offered.

Adults have classes of their own on Fridays at 5:00 pm and on Saturdays at 4:45 pm, but are also welcome at other times if they don't mind being mixed in with the younger students.

Selecting a Class

We’ll help you find the class and level that’s right for you. We’ll start by asking a few questions about your interests and your prior skating experience (if any). Then, during your first class session, your teacher will conduct an informal evaluation to decide the proper placement based on your current abilities.


It is not necessary to be fancy. It is necessary to stay warm. This is ice skating after all, and ice is cold — no way around that fact. So wear warm clothes. A good plan is to start with multiple layers that you can peel off as you go. Your body will warm up as you skate.

Good socks are also essential. These must come up at least a few inches above the ankles to prevent the skates from rubbing directly against the skin.

Class Schedule

Day Time Class Levels
Wednesday 4:35 - 5:05 pm Basic 1-6
Pre-Free Skate
Free Skate 1-6
5:10 - 5:40 pm Snowplow Sam   (age 5 and under)
Basic 1-6
Pre-Free Skate
Free Skate 1-6
Friday 4:25 - 4:55 pm Basic 1-6
Pre-Free Skate
Free Skate 1-6
5:00 - 5:30 pm Basic 1-6
Pre-Free Skate
Free Skate 1-6
Saturday 4:00 - 4:45 pm Power Stroking    (Basic 5 & up)
4:45 - 5:15 pm Basic 1-6

Schedule subject to change.

Covid Information

After a full closure with no classes at all for 16 months, we began offering limited classes in July 2021, at first primarily for students on-going in our program. Since then we have been gradually expanding — adding more class options and opening up to more students.

One of our ongoing Covid precautions is to carefully manage the number of skaters on the ice. We impose an attendance limit per class period, but we want to avoid turning anybody away at the door. So we are asking you to let us know in advance when you are planning to come.

To make this as easy as possible, we have set up a system for you to book your classes online. Bookings are first come, first served up to the capacity limit for each class period. Details are below.

If you arrive at the rink without having booked a class, you will be admitted only if space allows. Please do not risk getting turned away. Make your reservations ahead of time.

About Booking

The current plan is to continue with attendance limits and the booking system until Saturday, April 1. The following week (beginning Wednesday, April 5, 2023) we will return to open attendance and no longer ask you to book classes in advance. Please continue to book your classes until then.

Online Booking

To reserve your classes, click the Book Classes button below. This will take you to the Simply Book Me page for East West Ice Palace. Then follow the instructions in the next section.

Book Classes

Instructions for the Booking Page

  1. Click the Book Now button in the top portion of the window (near the center of the rink photo).
  2. Click the date you wish to book in the calendar.
  3. Click the class at the appropriate time for your current level.
  4. In the window that appears, confirm that this is the class you want by clicking the Select button.
  5. In the next window, enter the contact info: name, email, phone. The name here is the “client name” and may be the name of a student or a parent.
  6. Enter the names of the students you are booking for the chosen class period in the Skater Name (1 thru 4) fields. Please provide the first and last name here, even if it is the same as the name entered in the client name field at the top. If multiple family members are booking for this same class, enter them one per field. If the family members are in different classes, enter those for the chosen class here and enter the others in step 8.
  7. Click the Confirm Booking button.
  8. To book additional classes (for the same student or for other family members), click the Book More button and repeat.

You can view your bookings by clicking the All Bookings button near the bottom of the page. The listing provides options to cancel bookings, or to add bookings to your personal calendar. You may find this helpful.

You will also be sent an email confirmation. That message will also provide a link for cancelling a booking.

Booking Policies

  • Reservations are open until 3 hours before the class time.
  • Cancellations are permitted right up to class time, but it helps if you do it sooner — before that 3 hour limit if possible. That will open up an opportunity for someone else to book in your place.
  • If you miss a class without cancelling the reservation, you will forfeit the skater’s skating school credit. This is in fairness to others. It would be a discourtesy to exclude others from a class because it’s being held for you “just in case” you decide to come.
  • There is no charge for making a reservation, but you must have skating school credits available in your account at East West Ice Palace. If you run out of credits you will be asked to renew (8 classes for $120) at the front desk when you arrive for class.
  • All skaters must check in at the front desk.
  • As stated above, if you arrive at the rink without having booked a class, you will be admitted only if space allows. Please do not risk getting turned away. Make your reservations ahead of time.

Classes Offered

Snowplow Sam 1 – 4

Introduces preliminary skills to our youngest skaters. Learn dips, swizzles, wiggles, and stops.

Ages 5 and under start here.

Snowplow Sam

Basic 1 – 6

Six carefully planned levels allow the beginning skater to feel comfortable on the ice while learning the basic techniques which form the foundation for all aspects of ice skating.

Ages 6 thru teens start here.


Pre Free Skate

For those skaters who develop an interest in figure skating, Pre Free Skate begins exploring the specific skills needed to move into the the various figure skating disciplines.

Pre Free Skate

Free Skate 1 – 6

Skaters learn jumps, spins, footwork, and other exciting athletic and artistic moves.

Free Skate

Adult 1 – 6

Promotes overall fitness, improves balance and coordination while mastering the basics of ice skating.

Ages 18 and up start here.


Specialty Classes

Specialty classes provide an opportunity for the more advanced skaters to work on specific skills. Power Stroking classes are offered on an ongoing basis. Other specialty classes are offered occasionally for limited periods. Come back to this page for announcements.

Featured Class

Power Stroking

High-intensity on-ice conditioning

Saturdays, 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm (45 minutes)

Increase your stamina and speed.
Develop proper stroking technique and quality edges.
Improve your flow and appearance on the ice.

Basic 5 & up

If you are already a Skating School student, use your regular class credits.
For this class (only) we also accept drop-ons for $15 per class.

Ice Hockey

For skaters with an interest in ice hockey, we generally recommend starting in the Skating School program. Work thru the Basic levels — up to Basic 5 if you can. This will give you a solid foundation for the skating skills you need before moving into the rink’s in-house hockey program.

Curriculum Information in PDF format:

Snowplow Sam Curriculum

Snowplow Sam Curriculum

Basic Curriculum

Basic Curriculum

Free Skate Curriculum

Free Skate Curriculum

Adult Curriculum

Adult Curriculum

Hockey Curriculum

Hockey Curriculum

Bonus Credits

This is a rewards program for students who attend frequent classes:

For each multiple of 8 Skating School classes you attend within the period of a calendar month, you earn one bonus credit (i.e. one free class).

In other words, 8 classes attended during the month earns 1 credit, 16 earns 2, 24 earns 3, and so on.

Bonus credits are applied to your account on the first day of the following month.

It’s totally automatic. You don’t need to do anything at all.

Ask at the check-in desk to find out how many bonus credits you’ve earned and how close you are to your next.

Family Accounts

In short, family accounts provide families with multiple members in the Skating School:

1. Simplified accounting.

2. Reduced cost, not by changing prices, but by providing rewards based on frequency of attendance.

The details:

Families share a common pool of Skating School class credits. All family members draw from this pool.

When the pool is drawn low, renew for the whole family with one or more sets of 8 classes — how many sets is your choice.

It is no longer necessary to track each family member’s standing and renew each one individually.

Bonus credits are computed as described above, but based on the total family attendance for each month. This is greatly to your advantage since it will be far easier to accumulate large attendance totals.

For example, two family members attending once per week for 4 weeks in a month will total 8 classes and earn one bonus credit.

If your family has more than one student enrolled, ask at the check-in desk to find out whether we’ve already created a family account for you. Let us know who is a member of your family. Moms & dads, brothers & sisters, cousins, etc. can all be family members. You decide who to include. The only requirement is that you agree (1) to allow all family members to draw from the shared pool of class credits and (2) to pay a single invoice for the family as a whole when it comes time to renew. We will not “split the bill” for you.

In our records, families are identified by the “first member”. You can decide which family member this is and change it at any time.

There is no change to pricing. New students must each be enrolled for eight classes ($120) and pay the Learn to Skate USA enrollment fee ($20). Once enrolled, students can be assigned to a family at any time. Their class credits will be merged into the family pool.

If it later becomes necessary to split off a student from a family, we can set an effective date for that change, leaving previous activity as a family member unaltered.