Get Out & Skate

Get Out & Skate

Mazour, Meghan
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The NHL lock-out may be cutting down on hockey viewing time this winter, but there’s no shortage of opportunities around Bozeman for you to slide and glide on the ice yourself.

Bozeman’s three public skating rinks—Southside Park on the corner of 5th and College, Bogert Park on 325 S. Church, and Beall Park on Villard and Black—are open from Monday to Friday 12:00 pm-10:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. Hockey hours vary and are posted at the rinks. To check on conditions of the rinks, call the Bozeman Parks Department at 582-3200.

If you’re not so sure and steady out there on the ice, the Recreation Department also offers classes through the month of January for both children and adults. Classes are held Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays and cost $10 for Bozeman residents and $12 for county residents; call 587-4724 to register.

Another option is Haynes Pavilion at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds, which provides refrigerated ice and open skating hours. The times for free skating vary each week so call 587-7144 or log onto www.bozemanhockey.org for regularly updated schedules and information about the Bozeman Amateur Hockey Association for both adults and children.

If you’re looking for something more au natural, Daly Lake in the Paradise Valley is a popular option for skating also—but remember, always make sure the ice is fully frozen before heading onto it. Canyon Ferry and Harrison Lake may also be worth checking out this winter.

With all the skating opportunities available in this area there is no excuse for sitting in front of the TV and crying over the lack of hockey games. Get out there and hit the ice for yourself.

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