Learn To Skate

Skating instructors and students

Learn to Skate classes provide foundation skills for both figure skaters and hockey players. Skaters move at their own rate through various levels with the opportunity to earn skills badges along the way. Classes begin with the basics of skating forward and backward then progress through stops, turns, cross-overs, etc.

Our season runs September-April with occasional summer classes. Classes usually run for four-six weeks with new classes starting about every month.

Skaters may want to wear a helmet (bike helmets are fine) and some gloves. Hockey skaters are welcome to wear full gear if they are more comfortable.

Skating for Fitness: This is an adult skating class for hockey, figure, and recreational skaters, offered at noon, so you can get some skating in during your lunch hour. The class will include instruction on technique but will focus on keeping you moving while improving your skill level. Each class will begin with a focus on proper technique for stride, edges, turns, etc, and then move into practicing proper form while building endurance and strength. This is not a beginning skating class; students must be able to skate forwards and stop. The instructors will tailor the class to the skill level of the students. No sticks or pucks but helmets and/or hockey gear are encouraged. 


Learn to Skate USA Membership

Learn to Skate USA provides the curriculum used by Learn to Skate coaches.    All skaters must register for yearly membership to Learn to Skate USA  at https://www.learntoskateusa.com/prior to registering for classes.  Skater must provide Learn to Skate USA member number during registration.

Visitors to the rink must follow all UAF COVID19 guidelines. read the Patty Ice "Know Before You Go" guidelines here  

Current Offerings

We will not be able to offer classes to skaters under 6 years old at this time. All skaters must be able to stand up in skates un-aided.  

No classes for the Summer. Check back for our Fall Schedule starting eary September!
Learn to Skate is a great activity for all ages to engage in! 


Enrollment is limited to 16 students per time slot.

Student enrollment cannot be guaranteed without payment. Registration can be completed here or by calling the rink at (907)474-6888.

Send inquiries regarding Learn to Skate to:

Teresa Shannon, Learn to Skate Coordinator