LEARN TO SKATE

Snowplow Sam (Ages 3-6)

Learn to Skate USA

The Y is associated with the Learn to Skate USA movement to make our skating programs more consistent and cohesive for all ages and levels. Learn to Skate USA provides a fun and positive experience for all skaters, inspiring a lifelong love of skating. With Learn to Skate USA, the Y will teach children and adults the fundamentals of ice skating while building confidence and providing a progressive curriculum that ensures success from the first steps on the ice to mastery of advanced skills. With this affiliation, we promote the health and fitness benefits of ice skating and equip each participant with the foundation necessary to reach their goal — be it recreation or competitive in nature. 

Snowplow Sam (Ages 3-6)

The Snowplow Sam levels are introductory classes divided into four progressive levels allowing children with no prior skating experience to build confidence while learning the basics. These classes are designed to help children six and younger develop the ABCs of movement: agility, balance, coordination and speed. The ABCs are essential for developing fundamental movement skills and physical literacy.

LEARN TO SKATE LEVELS

Snowplow Sam 1

  1. Sit and stand up with skates on – off-ice
  2. Sit and stand up – on-ice
  3. March in place
  4. March forward (8-10 steps)
  5. March, then glide on two feet
  6. Dip in place

Snowplow Sam 2

  1. March followed by a long glide
  2. Dip while moving
  3. Backward walking, toes turned inward, shifting weight (4-6 steps)
  4. Backward wiggles (6 in a row)
  5. Forward swizzles (2-3 in a row)
  6. Beginning snowplow stop motion – in place or holding onto barrier
  7. Two-foot hop, in place (optional)

Snowplow Sam 3

  1. Forward skating (8-10 strides)
  2. Forward one-foot glide, two times skater’s height (R and L)
  3. Forward swizzles (4-6 in a row)
  4. Backward swizzles (2-3 in a row)
  5. Moving forward snowplow stop (two-foot)
  6. Curves

Snowplow Sam 4

  1. Forward skating
  2. Backward two-foot glide, length of skater’s height
  3. Backward swizzles (4-6 in a row)
  4. Rocking horse – one forward, one backward swizzle, repeat twice
  5. Two-foot turns from forward to backward, in place (both directions)
  6. Two-foot hop, in place

SUMMER PROGRAMS

Learn to Skate Clinics (Ages 4-17)

The summer Learn to Skate clinics involve four consecutive days to learn and improve skating skills. Clinic sessions are Monday-Thursday with each day consisting of a 30-minute lesson, a 30-minute practice time, a 20-minute off-ice snack break, followed by another 20-minute lesson and 20-minute practice session. Please plan to arrive early on the first day. Please register according to your age and level for the sessions of your choice. 

  • Member: $100
  • Non-member: $140

$20 waitlist fee as of June 1 for June 11 clinic; June 15 for June 25 clinic; June 30 for July 9 clinic; July 13 for July 23 clinic.

Monday-Thursday

  • June 11-14 9:30-11:30am
  • June 25-28 9:30-11:30am
  • July 23-26 9:30-11:30am

Register

Private Ice Skating Lessons

We offer private skating lessons for recreational and figure skaters. Lessons are offered during our rec skate times or freestyle times depending on skill level.

Private Lessons

  • Member: $28
  • Non-member: $34

Semi-Private Lessons

  • Member: $20 (per person)
  • Non-member: $25 (per person)

Call 303-443-4474 ext. 6203 or email iceskating@ymcabv.org to sign up for private lessons. 

Ice Department: Figure Skating & Learn to Skate

303-443-4474 ext. 6203
iceskating@ymcabv.org