Idaho is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream state. And Idahoans gladly take advantage of outdoor sports, especially in the winter. For many locals, ice skating is just one of the fun winter activities that can be found all year-round. Of course, due to our northern mountainous climate, you can also find public ice skating venues in the great outdoors—just make sure to dress warmly. These are the 10 best places to lace up your skates in Idaho.
One of the most unique places to visit, this completely un-refrigerated ice rink has over two acres of skating heaven. Nestled in one of the world's most renowned ski areas, you can take a break from the hills and don a pair of skates to glide your way through winter. Open to the public and free equipment rental, a trip to this outdoor rink is a perfect family outing! Call or go online to check for availability, this rink is only open during the winter months.
The Palouse area is one of the most uniquely stunning locations in Idaho. Due to its unique composition, a type of sediment known as "loess," the winter wheat crops here are some of the most fertile in the world. Also because of its mild climate, the weather stays temperate, but that doesn't mean you can get a little winter fun in. The Palouse Ice Rink offers great skating opportunities for beginners to hockey players alike. Come check out their indoor rink and plan to spend the day in some of the prettiest country.
Idaho Ice World has not one but two ice rinks! Located in Northeast Boise, the indoor rinks have both public and organized hockey/competitive ice skating opportunities available. Call or go online to check for ice times, hockey league information, skating classes and broomball times.
McCall Idaho is a true mountain town, complete with local ski hills and a deep alpine lake. However, if you are looking for a little extra fun for the family, come check out the Manchester Ice and Event Center. Thinking about a fun birthday theme for a winter birthday? Call and book your day/time now for an ice skating party the whole family can enjoy-you don't even need to clean up-everything is taken care of from food to skates.
For a small, mountain town, the Salmon Ice Rink offers a day of local, family fun, especially for those who do not want to drive the extra hours to find some ice skating opportunities. Check or call to find out ice times or to schedule lessons. Shed that cabin fever with an afternoon of skating fun, no matter what the weather looks like outside.
This north central Idaho town offers great skating opportunities for skaters of all ages and abilities. Open year-round, this ice arena has public skate times, private lesson opportunities as well as dedicated family skate days. Call or check online for schedules.
Located in southeast Idaho on the fringe of the beautiful Grand Teton National Park, Kotler Ice Arena is a great little getaway for those dismal dark winter days. If your winter plans include skiing at nearby Jackson Hole, Wyoming, consider taking a little day trip to Victor for a little ice skating fun. Only a half hour's drive (depending on the weather), it might be just the ticket for a fun, family outing.
In Idaho Falls you can find both indoor ice skating as well as outdoor. Check on their website for the locations of the outdoor rinks as well as availability. You can always rent your skates from the Joe Marmo/Wayne Lehto Ice Rink, and then brave the winter elements for a day of outdoor skating-Idaho style!
Hailey Idaho is close enough to the mountains of Sun Valley yet far enough away to be its own separate entity. Known for some of its celebrity residents, Hailey also offers ice-skating all year-round. Check their website for classes, public skate time as well as other ice activities like curling.
In the northern panhandle of Idaho, you can find many wintry activities. Including the fun sport of ice skating. Located conveniently in town, the Frontier Ice Arena offers public skate times, individual skate classes, hockey leagues and curling opportunities. Learn about the "12 Skates of Christmas" where you can skate, make a holiday craft, and then take a break with a warm cup of hot chocolate. A fun, holiday event for the whole family.