Aspen Ice Learn to Skate Program

Whether you wish to pursue hockey or figure skating or just be able to enjoy the occasional arena visit with family and friends, Learn to Skate classes are the first step to success! Each level teaches skills that encourage basic coordination, balance and movement in a fun and entertaining atmosphere.

It is important that the level progression is followed and for skaters to demonstrate skills efficiently to staff before advancing. Instructors will evaluate students and give progress reports to skaters at the end of each season.

All participants must be members of USFSA registered.





Ages 13 and Up

Teen & Adult 1 to 6

Adult 1

A. Falling and Recovery
B. Forward marching
C. Forward two-foot glide
D. Forward swizzles (4-6 in a row)
E. Moving Snowplow Stops
F. Two-foot turns in place
G. Glide forward on 2 feet and dip

Adult 2

A. Forward stroking showing correct use of the blade
B. Forward 1/2 swizzle pumps on a circle, (clockwise and counterclockwise) 4-6 in a row
C. Forward one-foot glides
D. Slalom
E. Forward chasses on a circle, clockwise and counterclockwise
F. Backward two foot glide
G. Backward wiggles
H. Backward two-foot swizzles (4-6 in a row)

Adult 3

A. Forward outside and inside edges on a circle, (clockwise and counterclockwise)
B. Forward crossovers, (clockwise and counterclockwise, 5 consecutive)
C. Backward 1-foot glide, right and left, one time skater’s height
D. Backward snowplow stop
E. Backward 1/2 swizzle pumps on a circle,( 4 to 6 consecutive, clockwise and counterclockwise)
F. Moving forward to backward and backward to forward two-foot turn
G. Beginning 2-foot spin

Adult 4

A. Basic forward outside and forward inside consecutive edges
B. Backward edges on a circle, (outside and inside, clockwise and counterclockwise)
C. Backward crossovers, (clockwise and counterclockwise, 5 consecutive)
D. Backward chasses on a circle, clockwise and counterclockwise
E. Forward outside 3-turns, right and left
F. Forward outside swing rolls to a count of 6
G. Forward inside pivots, R & L H. Backward crossover to landing position

Adult 5

A. Forward and Backward Crossovers in a Figure 8 pattern
B. Forward outside to inside change of edge on a line
C. T-stop, right or left
D. Forward inside 3-turns, R&L
E. Continuous forward progressive chasse sequence, (clockwise and counterclockwise)
F. Beginning one foot spin

Adult 6

A. Forward inside OPEN mohawk, both directions
B. Forward Perimeter Stroking with crossover end patterns
C. Alternating backward crossovers with two-foot transition
D. Backward crossovers to a backward outside edge glide (landing position)
E. Lunge
F. Spiral
G. Bunny Hop (optional)
H. Footwork sequence: (3-5 forward crossovers to an inside Mohawk, 3-5 backward crossovers, step forward inside the circle and repeat)

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I wear to lessons?

We suggest that you wear pants that can stretch or pants that give you the ability to move around (no snow pants, unless they are very light). We also suggest children & adults wear a light jacket, such as a fleece or a wind jacket. Long socks are important, so your ankles don’t rub against the sides of the skates. Some other items you may want to bring: a pair of gloves, a hat, and a helmet.

Should my child wear a helmet?

We strongly recommend that all tots and beginner skaters wear helmets. Properly fitted bicycle helmets work well. Those skaters desiring to play hockey will be required to wear a USA Hockey certified helmet for classes and league play. When choosing a helmet, look for a rounded helmet; those that are pointed in the back can injure the skater’s neck when falling.

What if I can't make one of my lessons?

If you cannot make one of your learn to skate lessons, please email If we can accommodate a make up class on another day, we will try our best to do so, however there is no guarantee that a make up will be possible.

How often should I practice?

It is recommended that skaters practice at least one other time per week. Please check our monthly calendarfor public skating hours and open freestyle availability. If you are looking for additional lesson time, our private coaches are available during the public sessions!

What if my child has never taken lessons before, but already knows how to skate?

If your child has never taken lessons before, you should place them in the first level that is for their age group (Snow Plow Sam 1 or Basic 1). Even if they know how to skate, a coach will need to evaluate them on their skills and make sure that they are ready to safely learn any skills that are more difficult. This can be done through a private lesson before classes begin or on the first day of classes. If the coach decides that your child can move up to the next level, your child will be placed in the next level on the following class date.

What happens on the first day of classes?

On the first day of classes, we suggest that all skaters arrive at least 15 minutes before your class start time. When you come in, you will be given a badge/nametag with your class, lane, day and time. The lane number will match up to a lane posted on the boards; this is where you will meet your instructor. Skates will be provided at the skate rental. Please know your shoe size before approaching the counter! If you have any questions or concerns, please email

How do I find my teacher during classes?

Each skater receives a color coded name badge with their class name, lane, day, and time located on the front of it. Lane signs are posted on the glass in the arena.

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