Autumn Escapes in the Pacific Northwest

Holidays on Ice – Skating in the Pacific Northwest

by Lauren Braden on December 17, 2014

in Trip Ideas

Holidays on Ice - Where to Skate in the Pacific Northwest

Imagine skating in circles with your sweetie among gently-falling snow, a chill in the air and a mug of hot cocoa on your mind. Winter at its best.

Got ice skates? If you don’t have a pair of your own, you’ll be able to rent them for the whole family at most of these outdoor rinks throughout the Northwest. Some offer rentals packaged with the price of admission.

Here’s where to skate on ice this winter:

Grouse Mountain Ice Rink (6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver, BC) Board the tram up to Grouse Mountain pond, taking breaks in between laps at the adjacent firepit. On a clear day, the views are phenomenal of snow-capped peaks of the coast range and down to the city lights of Vancouver. Finish your afternoon with a basket of poutine at Lupins Cafe. Open daily in winter, 9am-10pm. Admission is included in your Skyride ticket: $45 for adults, $15-$25 for kids and free for children 5 and under. Skates are available to rent. grousemountain.com

Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena (at NE 1st St and 102nd Ave NE in Bellevue, WA) I am already smitten with Bellevue’s beautiful Downtown Park, and now I have another reason to go – it hosts the Seattle area’s largest open-air ice-skating rink, Nov 27 – Jan 10. Bring cash for concessions. Admission is $12 and includes skate rental, or pay $9 if you bring your own skates; Kids 8 and under are $9 and that includes skates. See info.

Winthrop Ice Rink (208 White Ave, Winthrop, WA) If ever you tire of the primo cross-country ski trails in the Methow Valley, don a pair of skates and take to this rink. Open skate sessions are offered six days a week in winter, weather depending (the slated open date for 2015 is Dec 21). Admission is about $6 and you can rent skates for $4.  winthropicerink.com

Seventh Mountain Resort Ice Rink (18575 SW Century Drive in Bend, OR) This beautiful rink is set in the mountains of Central Oregon, and you can twirl and spin yourself or take lessons from a professional instructor. There are public skate hours nearly every day in winter. Admission is $7, skate rental is $5. seventhmountain.com

Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink (95 Winburn Way in Ashland, OR) Bring the whole family; their skate rentals accommodate toddler size 9 up to Men’s size 15. There’s an open skate session every day. Admission is about $4, and you can rent skates for $2.50. More info.

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