Best Bets: Everything You Need to Know About the Mammoth Ice Rink

Dec 14, 2022

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 curling. You can also rent the rink for the exclusive use during designated periods. Click to view the full schedule.

Adults age 18 and up can skate with rentals for just $15, or without rentals for $11 per session. Seniors 65 and older, and military personnel with ID can skate with rentals for just $13.50, or without rentals for $9.50 per session. Youth ages 6-17,  with rentals for $13 or $9 without rentals. Kids 4 and under pay just $4 for rentals and skate free with a paid adult!

During the holiday periods of December 17-January 1, January 14-16, and February 18-20 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.

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.

Special Events

There are several fun-family-oriented events scheduled at the rink throughout the winter season. Santa visits the rink for a special skating session throughout the holiday season. 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 2023 at 9:00pm. Watch for special promotions like Free Skate Night, encouraging everyone to give ice skating a try, and check out the Winter Youth Hockey Classic in January 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 760.965.3695 during operating hours for additional information and to confirm the rink is open. You can also call the Recreation Department Office at 760.965.3690 for information. Limited parking is available or take our free public transit system. Nearby stops are serviced by the red and purple 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 rink general operates through the end of February.

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.

Betsy Temple-Truax

Betsy loves living and playing in Mammoth Lakes and the Eastern Sierra with her active family and friends. A passionate advocate for community recreation, Betsy never turns down an opportunity to swim, ski, paddle, travel or let someone else cook.

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