Class Descriptions

Adult/Teens


This class is designed for adults of all ages and skating abilities with an emphasis on fun, fitness and camaraderie.  Class begins with a warm up, followed by group instruction of basic skills, balance, coordination, and technique.  Group instruction is followed by time for individual help, practice, and/or instruction of more advanced skills and dance patterns.  All skaters are encouraged to skate at their own comfort level.  Adults may register for a full session or take advantage of the daily drop-in rate.  
Daily Drop in Rate:  $15 with skates or $12 without skates rentals.
Time:  Friday Mornings from 9 - 10:30am.

Snowplow Sam Classes


Snowplow Sam classes are introductory classes designed for children ages 3 1/2 - 6 yrs.  Classes are divided into 4 progressive levels that will build confidence while skaters learn basic skating skills and develop the ABC's of movement - Agility, Balance, Coordination, and speed.  Class size is limited to ensure quality instruction with a low teacher student ratio.

*Note: There are 4 levels of Snowplow Sam. Kids will be divided into their appropriate level by the instructors during class. You do not have to worry about which of the 4 levels to register for.

Snowplow Sam 1


  • Sit and stand up with skates on - off-ice
  • Sit and stand up - on-ice
  • March in place
  • March forward (8-10 steps)
  • March, then glide on two feet
  • Dip in place

Snowplow Sam 2


  • March followed by a long glide
  • Dip while moving
  • Backward walking, toes turned inward, shifting weight (4-6 steps)
  • Backward wiggles (6 in a row)
  • Forward swizzles (2-3 in a row)
  • Beginning snowplow stop motion - in place or holding onto barrier
  • Two-foot hop, in place (optional)

Snowplow Sam 3


  • Forward skating (8-10 strides)
  • Forward one-foot glide, two times skater's height (R and L)
  • Forward swizzles (4-6 in a row)
  • Backward swizzles (2-3 in a row)
  • Moving forward snowplow stop (two-foot)
  • Curves

Snowplow Sam 4


  • Forward skating
  • Backward two-foot glide, length of skater's height
  • Backward swizzles (4-6 in a row)
  • Rocking horse - one forward, one backward swizzle, repeat twice
  • Two-foot turns from forward to backward, in place (both directions)
  • Two-foot hop, hop in place

Basic Skills Classes


These classes are for kids 7 to 18 years old.

Basic 1


  • Sit on ice and stand up
  • March forward across the ice
  • Forward two-foot glide
  • Dip
  • Forward swizzles - 6-8 in a row
  • Backward wiggles - 6-8 in a row
  • Beginning snowplow stop on two feet or one foot
Bonus skill: Two-foot hop in place

Basic 2


  • Scooter pushes - R and L
  • Forward one-foot glides - R and L
  • Backward two-foot glide - Glide the length of skater's height
  • Rocking Horse (one forward swizzle, one backward swizzle) - Repeat twice
  • Backward swizzles - 6-8 in a row
  • Two-foot turns from forward to backward in place - clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Moving snowplow stop
Bonus skill: Curves

Basic 3


  • Beginning forward stroking showing correct use of blade
  • Forward half swizzle pumps on a circle - 6-8 consecutive clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Moving forward to backward two foot turns on a circle - clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Beginning backward one-foot glides - focus on balance
  • Backward snowplow stop - R and L
  • Forward slalom
Bonus skill: Forward pivots - clockwise and counterclockwise

Basic 4


  • Forward outside edge on a circle - R and L
  • Forward inside edge on a circle - R and L
  • Forward crossovers - clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Backward half swizzle pumps on a circle - clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Backward one-foot glides - R and L
  • Beginning two-foot spin - Up to two revolutions
Bonus skill: Forward lunges - both legs

Basic 5


  • Backward outside edge on a circle - R and L
  • Backward inside edge on a circle - R and L
  • Backward crossovers - clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Forward outside three-turn - R and L
  • Advanced two-foot spin - 4-6
  • Hockey stop - both directions
Bonus skill: Side toe hop - R and L

Basic 6


  • Forward inside three-turn - R and L
  • Moving backward to forward two foot turn on a circle - clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Backward stroking
  • Beginning one-foot spin - 2-4 revolutions, optional free leg position and entry
  • T-stops - R and L
  • Bunny hop
  • Forward spiral on a straight line - R or L
Bonus skill: Shoot the duck - R or L

Hockey Skate Technique Lessons


Snowplow Sam Hockey


These lessons are for kids 3 and a half to 6 years old. This class is designed to teach the fundamentals of hockey skating.
  • Falling and recovery to a balanced, standing position
  • Proper basic hockey stance (Forward and Backward)
  • March Forward across the ice, 8-10 steps
  • Two-foot glides and dips from forward marching across the ice
  • Forward swizzles / double c-cuts (4 to 6 in a row)
  • T-Push to a two-foot glide (hold 2-4 seconds) on a straight line, alternating feet
  • Snowplow Stop, stationary
Bonus Skill: Front to Back and Back to Front turns (Stationary)

Hockey Skating Techniques


This class is for kids 7 and up. The Hockey curriculum is designed to teach the fundamentals of hockey skating.

Hockey 1


  • Falling and recovery to a balanced, standing position
  • Proper basic hockey stance (Forward and Backward)
  • March Forward across the ice, 8-10 steps
  • Two-foot glides and dips from forward marching across the ice
  • Forward swizzles / double c-cuts (4 to 6 in a row)
  • T-Push to a two-foot glide (hold 2-4 seconds) on a straight line, alternating feet
  • Snowplow Stop, stationary
Bonus Skill: Front to Back and Back to Front turns (Stationary)

Hockey 2


  • Forward strides using 45 degree V-Push, focus on good recovery and alternating arm drive
  • Forward one-foot push and glide (right and left)
  • Forward C-Cuts: single leg (right and left) and alternating feet (right and left) in a straight line
  • Backward hustle or march, then glide on two feet
  • Backward swizzles / double c-cuts (4 to 6 in a row)
  • Backward C-Cuts, single leg (right and left) and alternating feet (right and left) in a straight line
  • Two-foot moving Snowplow stop
Bonus Skills: Scooting or Skateboard push, on circle (Right and Left)

Hockey 3


  • Lateral crossover march (both directions)
  • Forward C-Cuts (1/2 swizzle pumps) on a circle, both directions
  • Forward outside edges on half circles (large C's), alternating feet on the short or long axis of the rink
  • Forward inside edges on half circles (large C's), alternating feet on the short or long axis of the rink
  • Backward C-Cuts (1/2 swizzle pumps) on a circle, both directions
  • Backward snowplow stops: One foot and two feet V-stop
  • One-foot moving snowplow stop (Right and Left), introduce 1/4 turn with hips to hockey stop
Bonus Skill: Forward stops and starts

Hockey 4


  • Quick starts using forward V-Start
  • Backward one-foot glide, right and left
  • Forward Crossover glides (clockwise and counter-clockwise). Hold feet in crossed position for 2 counts
  • Backward Crossover glides (clockwise and counter-clockwise). Hold feet in crossed position for 2 counts
  • Forward Crossovers on circle, clockwise and counterclockwise (4-6 each)
  • Backward crossovers on circle, clockwise and counterclockwise (4-6 each)
Hockey Stops (stopping to the left and to the right, with speed)
Bonus Skill: Forward to backward Mohawk pivots (both directions, right and left) from powerful, full strides

Free-skate Classes (Advanced Skaters)


Each free skate level is comprised of a variety of progressive skating skills, transitions, spins and jumps - all of which build on the previous skill, providing skaters a strong foundation of all elements. These levels will be taught in a positive and interactive group format such as a bridge program, circuit classes or as an introductory training program. Instructors will focus on quality and mastery of skills.

Pre-Free Skate (Combination of Basic 7 & 8)


  • Forward inside open mohawk from a standstill position (R to L and L to R)
  • Backward crossovers to a backward outside edge glides (landing position), clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Backward outside edge to a forward outside edge transition, clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Two forward crossovers into a forward inside mohawk, step down and cross behind, step into one backward crossover and step to a forward inside edge, clockwise and counterclockwise
  • One-foot upright spin, optional entry and free-foot position (minimum three revolutions)
  • Mazurka (R and L) jump
  • Waltz jump
Bonus Skill: Backward inside pivots, clockwise and counterclockwise

Free Skate 1 Skating Skills


  • Forward power stroking, clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Basic forward outside and forward inside consecutive edges (four to six consecutive edges)
  • Backward outside three-turns (R and L)
  • Upright spin, entry from back crossovers (min. four to six revolutions)
  • Half flip
  • Toe loop
Bonus Skill: Waltz jump-side toe hop-waltz jump sequence, or waltz jump ballet jump-toe loop sequence

Free Skate 2 Skating Skills


  • Alternating forward outside and inside spirals on a continuous axis (two sets)
  • Basic backward outside and backward inside consecutive edges (four to six consecutive edges)
  • Backward inside three-turns (R and L)
  • Beginning back spin (up to two revolutions)
  • Half Lutz
  • Salchow
Bonus Skill: Variation of a forward spiral, skater's choice

Free Skate 3 Skating Skills


  • Alternating backward crossovers to back outside edges - Four sets
  • Alternating mohawk/crossover sequence (R to L and L to R)
  • Waltz three-turns (forward outside three turn, backward outside edge glide), clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Advanced back spin with free foot in crossed leg position (min. three revolutions)
  • Loop jump
  • Waltz jump-toe loop or Salchow-toe loop combination
Bonus Skill: Toe step sequence, skater's choice, using a variety of toe steps

Free Skate 4 Skating Skills


  • Forward power three-turns (R and L), 3 sets each
  • Waltz eight, clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Forward upright spin to backward upright spin (3 revs., each foot)
  • Sit spin (minimum three revolutions)
  • Half loop
  • Flip
Bonus Skill: Split jump, stag jump or split falling leaf

Free Skate 5 Skating Skills


  • Backward outside three-turn, mohawk (backward power three-turns), clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Five-step mohawk sequence, clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Camel spin (minimum three revolutions)
  • Waltz jump-loop jump combination
  • Lutz jump
Bonus Skill: Loop-loop combination

Free Skate 6 Skating Skills


  • Forward power pulls (R and L)
  • Creative step sequence, skater's choice, using a variety of three-turns, mohawks and toe steps
  • Camel-sit spin combination (minimum two revolutions each position)
  • Layback or attitude spin or cross-foot spin (three revolutions)
  • Waltz jump-half loop-Salchow jump sequence
  • Axel
Bonus Skill: Backward outside pivot, entry optional

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