Ice Skating in Steamboat Springs

Published on 01/19/2021 by Brad Luth

Steamboat Springs, Colorado offers a variety of things to do year-round including skiing, snowboarding, hot springs, and much more. There is truly something for everybody there. Many activities you can do alone or with the whole family. One of our favorite activities that is quite new to Steamboat is ice skating.  Howelsen Hill tused their Park and turned their olympic size tennis courts into an ice rink, for those looking to enjoy a nice skate around the rink. Located on Howelsen Parkway, the newly developed rinks is the perfect place for those interested in public skating on an outdoor ice rink. Here is everything you need to know about visiting Howelsen Pkwy before you go.

About The Rink

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From public skate to figure skating and hockey, this winter wonderland is managed by the Howelsen Ice Complex.  The lighting system from the tennis courts will be used during the evening hours so skaters can maintain spinning around on the rink even after dark. Come and skate all day or drop-in for a few hours, no matter which you choose you will not be disappointed.  

The city installed a complete rink system including linear, brackets, sideboards, and other accessories from NiceRink, a company that has been creating frozen traditions and memories for over 70 years. Build your own memories by having a birthday party or event at the ice skating rink.

The rink is closed on Monday for maintenance but opened on Tuesday through Sunday from 7 am to 9 am and from 5-pm to 10 pm. The park temporarily shuts down in the middle of the day to take care of the ice and make sure it is safe to skate on.

Ice Rules

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The Howell Community Ice Rink does its very best to ensure that the ice remains safe at all times. By doing frequent checks and closing down the rink when necessary for upkeep and maintenance, they are able to provide the best skating experience around. The surface is natural ice and can become rough or uneven due to changes in weather and precipitation. So the Howelsen Ice Arena asks that you keep an eye out for these conditions and skate carefully. 

The rinks are open and available for the enjoyment of the community so it is vital that each guest helps in assisting to keep the facility clean, safe and enjoyable for all. Help by cleaning up after yourselves and not leaving any personal items or trash behind. 

Rules for the actual ice are as followed, anyone on the ice must be wearing skates. Helmets and protective safety gear are strongly recommended for all on-ice activities. Skating that engagners or interferes with other sakter’s safety or pleasure is prohibited. Please do not sit, stand or leave articles on the sideboards as it can become dangerous if it falls onto the ice. All food and drinks are to be kept off of the ice, and glass containers are strictly prohibited. If you are playing hockey, please keep all pucks on the ice, and spitting on the ice is not tolerated. Most importantly share the ice, and have a great time.

Ice skating is always a magical experience. With the cold air and twinkling lights over your head, the memories created here will last a lifetime. Whether you snowboard during the day, and ice skate at night or vice versa, we know you will have an amazing time. For more FAQS about the ice rink check here. We hope to see you soon in the Yampa Valley on the ice. 

*As always, if there is an emergency please contact the local 911 emergency line before proceeding.*