Learn to Skate

at Sno-King Ice Arena

Kirkland

Welcome to Learn to Skate!  Learn to Skate is a group skating curriculum designed to teach the fundamentals of ice skating in a positive and fun atmosphere to children, teens, and adults. LTS provides the best foundation for figure skating, hockey, and speed skating. Skaters progress at their own rate and advance to the next level after skill mastery is demonstrated.

Winter 2023 Registration

Priority registration for current skaters will open on October 24th, 2022, you will receive an email from the Skate Director with a link to register.  Registration will open to the public in November 1st.

Registration Includes:

  • 30 min sessions classes followed by 30 min of practice time

  • Skate rentals

  • Quality & experienced coaches

  • USA Figure Skating Learn to Skate Curriculum

  • Welcome gift

  • 10-12 free passes for practice time at public skating sessions for the duration of the class series. Valid at all locations (valued at $192)

  • Report card and badges included

  • National Skating Month Celebration – February 22nd

Tuesdays

Times: 10:45am-11:45am

Dates: January 3rd to March 21st

Buddy Day: March 28th there is no instruction on this day

Wednesdays

Times: 6:05pm-7:10pm

Dates: January 4th to March 29th

Buddy Day: National Skating Month Celebration and Buddy Day February 22nd there is no instruction on this day

Fridays

Times: 6:05pm-7:05pm

Dates: January 6th to April 7th

No Class: February 17th

Buddy Day: Buddy Day will be held on February 24th  there is no instruction on this day

Priority Registration will open October 24th

Youth Basic Skills

Ages 4-17 years

It is recommended that children are 5 years old for evening classes. 4 year olds are welcome to register for our Tot Class on Tuesday morning. 

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The Basic Skills curriculum is available to skaters over the age of 6 who are taking their first steps on the ice. Instructors use engaging activities to teach the FUNdamentals of ice skating. The six progressive levels introduce forward and backward skating, stops, edges, crossovers and turns with agility, balance, coordination and speed as main focuses. Through these skills, skaters enter the first stage of skills to begin exploring the world of skating.

Upon completing the Basic Skills curriculum, skaters will be set up to choose whatever path in skating they desire. Whether they’re looking to land an Axel, score a hat trick or speed across the finish line, Basic Skills sets skaters up for success.

Ages:
Youth ages 7 – 11 years
Teens ages 12 – 16 years

Prerequisite:
None

Curriculum:

  • Sit and stand up – on-ice
  • March forward across the ice
  • Forward two-foot glide for a count of 4
  • Glide on two feet and Dip for a count of 4
  • Forward swizzles without coming to a stop (6 in a row)
  • Backward wiggles without coming to a stop (6 in a row)
  • Student will stop using a one or two foot snowplow stop

Prerequisite:
Basic 1 or Snowplow Sam 4

Curriculum:

  • Scooter pushes (right and left)
  • Forward one-foot glides for a count of 4 (right and left)
  • Backward two-foot glide equal to skater’s height
  • Rocking Horse
  • Backward Swizzles without coming to a complete stop (6 in a row)
  • Two foot turns in place (both directions)
  • Moving forward snowplow stop (right and left)

Prerequisite:
Basic 2

Curriculum:

  • Beginning forward stroking showing correct use of blade
  • Forward half swizzle pumps on a circle with proper arm and head position – 6 in a row (clockwise and counterclockwise)
  • Moving forward to backward two-foot turns on a circle holding the exit of the turn for a count of 2 (clockwise and counterclockwise)
  • Beginning backward one-foot glides for a count of 2 (right & left)
  • Backward snowplow stop showing an obvious skidding motion (right and left)

Prerequisite:
Basic 3

Curriculum:

  • Forward outside edge on a circle for a count of 6 (right and left)
  • Forward inside edge on a circle for a count of 6 (right and left)
  • Forward crossovers without use of topic and showing two obvious pushes (clockwise and counterclockwise)
  • Backward half swizzle pumps on a circle – 6 to 8 pumps without coming to a stop (clockwise and counterclockwise)
  • Backward one-foot glides for a count of 4 (right and left)

Prerequisite:
Basic 4

Curriculum:

  • Backward outside edge on a circle without wobbling for a count of 6 (right and left)
  • Backward inside edge on a circle without wobbling for a count of 6 (right and left)
  • Backward crossovers – 4 to 6 crossovers with the foot sliding over and minimum toe pushing (clockwise and counterclockwise)
  • Forward outside three-turn holding both the forward outside and backward inside edge for 3 seconds (right and left)
  • Advanced two-foot spin (4-6)
  • Hockey stop – both direction

Prerequisite:
Basic 5

Curriculum:

  • Forward inside three-turn holding both the forward inside and backward outside edge for 3 seconds (right and left)
  • Forward inside open mohawk from standstill – both directions
  • Moving backward to forward two-foot turns on a circle (clockwise and counterclockwise)
  • Backward stroking
  • Beginning one-foot spin – 2-4 revolutions
  • T-stops – stopping foot must be on an outside edge (right and left)
  • Bunny hop
  • Forward spiral on a straight line with free leg at hip level or higher for a count of 6 (right or left)

Pre-Free Skate is a combination of Basic 7 and 8

Prerequisite:
Basic 6

Curriculum:
Each free skate level is comprised of a variety of progressive skating skills, transitions, spins and jumps — all of which build on the previous skill, providing skaters a strong foundation of all elements. These levels will be taught in a positive and interactive group format such as a bridge program, circuit classes or as an introductory training program. Instructors will focus on quality and mastery of skills.

Adult Learn to Skate Programs

Adult Basic Skills

Ages 18+ years

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The Adult curriculum is designed for both beginning and experienced adult skaters who wish to improve their skating skills. Participation in the program will help promote physical fitness and improve balance and coordination while teaching proper skating techniques. This is an exciting program for people who look to skating as an enjoyable part of a fit and healthy lifestyle.

Prerequisite:
None

Curriculum:

  • Falling and recovery; on ice
  • Forward marching
  • Forward two-foot glide
  • Forward swizzles (4-6 in a row)
  • One forward swizzle/one backward swizzle (rocking horse)
  • Dip
  • Forward snowplow stop – two feet or one foot

Prerequisite:
Adult 1

Curriculum:

  • Forward skating across the width of the ice
  • Forward one-foot glides, R and L
  • Forward slalom
  • Backward skating
  • Backward swizzles (4-6 in a row)
  • Two-foot turns in place

Prerequisite:
Adult 2

Curriculum:

  • Forward stroking using the blade properly (begin with repetitive one-foot pushes)
  • Forward half-swizzle pumps on the circle; 6 to 8 in a row, clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Moving forward to backward and backward to forward two-foot turn on a circle, clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Backward skating into a long two-foot glide
  • Forward chasses on a circle, clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Backward snowplow stop, R and L

Prerequisite:
Adult 3

Curriculum:

  • Forward outside edge on a circle, R and L
  • Forward inside edge on a circle, R and L
  • Forward crossovers, clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Backward one-foot glides, R and L
  • Backward half-swizzle pumps on a circle, clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Hockey stop, both directions

Select a different Learn to Skate location:

Renton
Snoqualmie