Strap on your skates

 

Ice Skating

All the ice that we become familiar with in Minnesota winters is good for a lot of great activities, and not the least of them is ice skating. Surrounding the Whitefish Chain area are several local ice rinks, all free to use and lit by bright lights for the shorter days of the year. Bring your own skates, or visit the Nisswa skating rink (see below) for free skate rental. Whether you want to play hockey or just practice your twirls, families and friends will have a blast gliding across the ice.

Crosslake

The Crosslake skating rink hoped to open the weekend of Jan. 9. The rink is located on the Crosslake Community Center property on Dagget Pine Rd.  just south of the community center building. A flight of stairs leads down to the skating pond, which is lighted and free to use. The lights can be turned on by a switch on the pole at the top of the stairs, but will automatically turn off at 8 p.m. While there is no warming hut, the community center building has restrooms and water fountains that are available during building hours. Skate rental is not available.

Pine River

Pine River’s skating rink is located near the city’s post office, on Barclay Avenue west of Highway 371. It’s free to use, opens at sunup, and the lights stay on until 10 p.m. The rink was established thanks to donations and was designed for both hockey players and ice skaters. Part of the rink is walled off for hockey players, while those who just want to skate around for fun have their own area. Find updates on the Pine River rink at the Friends of the Pine River Skating Rink Facebook Page.

Nisswa

The Nisswa Community has two skating rinks that are free for the public to use. The larger of the two is a refrigerated rink that tends to be open longer than most other rinks in the area. A smaller rink is not refrigerated, but once temps are cold enough and both rinks are open, the smaller rink is reserved for pleasure skating while the larger rink is for hockey. Both rinks are regularly resurfaced by a full-size Zamboni.

Nisswa’s rinks are both free to use, and skates that have been donated by the community are available to rent for free in the nearby warming hut, which offers a place to change into your skates, grab some hot chocolate, or warm up after skating. Rink hours sometimes change due to holidays or days that school is not in session, so it’s best to check the city’s website or the Nisswa Parks & Rec Facebook page for updates.

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