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Outdoor Ice Skating Denver | The Top Rated Open Air Rinks

Posted at 12/22/2020 12:50 PM by Pat O'Connor

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Winter and ice skating go hand in hand, especially when it comes to outdoor rinks. What’s more magical than ice skating outdoors while sporting just a sweater?

In and around the Denver metro area, you’ll find an assortment of ice skating opportunities “en plein air.” Whether you’re looking to get a few laps in at a nearby shopping center or need long stretches at the iconic Evergreen Lake, skaters have numerous options in the region.

Recreational skaters, hockey players and broomball enthusiasts will appreciate the beauty of these outdoors arenas. You don’t have to be an expert skater to enjoy this activity; sometimes the worse you are, the more fun you’ll have! Here are Usaj Realty’s top picks for the best outdoor ice skating rinks in the Denver metro area.

The Pond at Southlands

South Aurora residents love this rink burrowed within the 200+ shops, restaurants, and service agencies of the Southlands Shopping area. Surrounded by decorated Christmas trees, this is a perfect venue to meet friends and family for an outdoor adventure.  Buy your tickets in advance here. The Pond is open seven days a week through February 28. Hours are Monday-Thursday, 4-9 p.m.; Friday, 4-10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. There are extended hours through the holidays and on school holidays. Check their Facebook page for up-to-date information. Admission is $12 (includes skating rental) for everyone 4 years and up.

WinterSkate in Louisville

This is the 16th season for WinterSkate in historic downtown Louisville. Considered one of the best places to live by Money Magazine, Louisville provides a charming backdrop for WinterSkate, an old-fashioned, outdoor ice skating rink complete with traditional music and free parking.  Boasting over 6,500 square feet of ice, WinterSkate is the largest outdoor ice-skating rink in Boulder County. Call ahead to make sure they are open and have room for you, 303-604-1010. Also, during the week of Dec. 21-27, call ahead to make reservations during their special hours of operation. Regular hours are as follows: Monday-Wednesday, 2-7 p.m.; Thursday, 2-10 p.m.; Friday, Noon-10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Check website for special hours on holidays.

Evergreen Lake

This spectacular 8.5 acre stretch of ice with 11 hockey rinks and a huge public skating area hosts skaters from around the Denver metro area and is considered one of the top 10 skating venues in the world. This magnificent layout is situated next to statuesque ponderosa pines and the Evergreen Golf Course, and is a short walk to downtown Evergreen.  This year due to COVID-19, tickets will only be sold in advance (no walk-up ticket sales). Check website for details.  Also, the Evergreen Lake House will not be open but there will be concessions and skate rentals outside.

Admission to the rink is $8 for adults, $7 for youth (4-17), and $6 for seniors (60+) and military. Skate rentals are available. The rink hours are as follows: Monday-Friday, 3-7 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday,  8 a.m.-7 p.m. Check website for holiday hours.  Always call the skating hotline (720-880-1391) before you leave for the lake. Hours and days are subject to change due to fluctuating weather and ice conditions.  

Buchanan Ponds

New this year! In an effort to expand ice skating opportunities, the city of Evergreen has opened the Buchanan Ponds next to the Buchanan Rec Center, 32003 Ellingwood Trail. Personal rinks have been created on the ice and you can rent skating time for $40 per hour for up to 10 people. Please bring your own skates since there will be no skate rental on the premises. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 1-5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Advance reservations only.

Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Downtown Denver Rink is unable to be produced in 2020. Stay tuned for more information on what will be taking the rink’s place in Skyline Park during this year’s Winter in the City.

The Rink at Belmar

In light of recent health & safety measured directed by local authorities, The Rink at Belmar is unable to be produced in 2020. Please visit our holiday page for more information on how we will be making it merry this season.

The Cube at the Streets of Southglenn

Due to COVID-19, the Cube will be closed for the 2020-21 season.

(Editor's note: This blog was originally published in January of 2019. It has been updated to provide current information).

Posted by Pat O'Connor

Pat O’Connor has dual citizenship in both Wisconsin and Colorado, having been born and raised in Wisconsin Dells, but later adopted by the Centennial State. A graduate of the University of Colorado (B.S. Journalism, 1980), O’Connor began her career as a sportswriter at the Boulder Daily Camera under the tutelage of the venerable Dan Creedon. Her experience also includes stints in public relations at Aspen Highlands Ski Area, the Colorado Trial Lawyers and the Colorado Division of Wildlife. When she isn’t piecing together sentences, the self-proclaimed “Cheesehead” enjoys hanging out with her three kids and assortment of family pets, running, playing golf, hiking 14ers, horseback riding and skiing. As a mother to two (at one time three) competitive swimmers, her favorite fragrance is eau de chlorine. During football season, she can be found cheering for the Buffs on Saturdays and screaming when the Packers score on Sundays. She loves talking sports and giving recommendations on cheese curds.

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