Best Bets: Everything You Need to Know About the Mammoth Ice Rink
It’s feeling more and more like winter in Mammoth Lakes, and that means the Mammoth Ice Rink will soon be opening! The ice rink is located at 416 Sierra Park Road, next to the Mammoth Lakes library, and is a public facility operated by the Town of Mammoth Lakes. It takes several nights of cold temperatures and calm winds for the town’s hard-working icemakers to flood the rink with enough water to produce an ice surface that is then smoothed for some great skating.
Programs and Pricing
This winter the Mammoth Ice Rink offers a full complement of public skating sessions, learn-to-skate programs, adult pick-up hockey, figure skating classes, a fast-growing youth hockey program, and broomball. You can also rent the rink for the exclusive use during designated periods. Click to view the full schedule.
Adults age 16 and up can skate with rentals for just $12, or without rentals for $8.50 per session. Youth ages 5-15, seniors 65 and older, and military personnel with ID can skate with rentals for $9.50 or $6 without rentals. Kids 4 and under pay just $3.50 for rentals and skate free with a paid adult! Check out the 5 Skate Pass, available with or without rentals. Buy 5 skating sessions and receive your 6th skate free. Special rates are offered for skating classes, pickup hockey and stick time, and broomball.
During the holiday periods of December 20-January 4, January 17-19, and February 14-16 the rink is primarily programmed with public skating sessions so there are plenty of opportunities to get out on the ice with your family during your vacation. While at the rink, children 4 and under must skate with an adult and children 10 and under must be supervised by an adult at all times.
Hot beverages and snacks are available for purchase, and you can gather around the picnic tables or by the fire pit to take a break from skating. Check out the new indoor warming area with cubbies to stash your gear.
The Mammoth Ice Rink staff have been busy sharpening the full fleet of rental ice skates in preparation for opening day. Skate sharpening services are also available to the public. From rink opening until December 19, take advantage of the 2-for-1 skate sharpening special and have two pairs of skates sharpened, or the same pair sharpened twice for just $7.50.
My daughter is becoming a more proficient skater but often asks to rent the Bobby® seal training aid for $5. It’s an adorable tool that kids can push around the ice or sit on to rest. Other learn to skate aids are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
There are several fun-family-oriented events scheduled at the rink throughout the winter season. Santa visits the rink for a special skating session the evening of December 18. Looking for a family-friendly way to ring in the New Year? On December 31, the rink hosts the annual East Coast New Year’s Eve party with a countdown to the arrival of 2015 at 9:00pm. In January, the rink will observe US Figure Skating’s National Ice Skating Month. Watch for special promotions encouraging everyone to give ice skating a try, and check out the Winter Youth Hockey Classic on Saturday, January 10 to watch local kids show off their skills in an exhibition game. Visit Mammoth Youth Hockey to learn more about the program and how to support these young athletes.
Before You Go
Please call 760.934.2505 during operating hours for additional information and to confirm the rink is open. You can also call the Recreation Department Office at 760.934.8989 ext. 222 for information. Limited parking is available or take our free public transit system. Nearby stops are serviced by the red, purple, and gray lines.
It can take some time to reopen the facility after winter storms, so please be patient. The schedule is subject to change. The Mammoth Ice Rink is a drug, tobacco, and alcohol-free facility. Weather permitting; the facility is scheduled to operate through February 22, 2015.
Do you have a great memory of ice skating with your family or tips for getting kids skating? Please share in the comments! See you on the ice.