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Skating Programs

Learn to Skate

Bird Ice Arena's Learn To Skate (LTS) program teaches children ages 3 and up as well as adults the basics of ice skating. We are a Learn to Skate USA affiliated program, and we offer all Basic Skills, Freeskate and Adult levels. 

Learn to Skate sessions are held on Tuesdays 6:15 – 7 p.m. and Saturdays 10:45 – 11:30 a.m. The price is $86.25 to skate once a week and $172.50 to skate twice a week. Each 6 Week Session includes 6 instructional ice sessions and rental skates if also purchased. All skaters are required to follow apparel guidelines. All programs will be canceled when Athens County issues a Level 3 weather advisory. These programs will not have a make-up date.

For more information, please contact skating@ohio.edu or call (740) 597-1370.

Session 1 (6 weeks)

LTS Open House: Tuesday, September 3, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
First Day: Tuesday, September 10, 6:15 – 7 p.m. and Saturday, September 14, 10:45 – 11:30 a.m.
Last Day: Tuesday, October 15, 6:15 – 7 p.m. and Saturday, October 19, 10:45 – 11:30 a.m.
Register online at www.recshop.ohio.edu

Session 2 (6 weeks)

LTS Open House (Spooky Skate): October 22, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
First Day: Tuesday, October 29, 6:15 – 7 p.m. and Saturday, November 2, 10:45 – 11:30 a.m.
Last Day: Tuesday, December 10, 6:15 - 7 p.m. and Saturday, December 14, 10:45 – 11:30 a.m.
Off the week for Thanksgiving
Register online at www.recshop.ohio.edu

Session 3 (6 weeks)

LTS Open House (Superhero Night): January 14, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
First Day: Tuesday, January 21, 6:15 – 7 p.m. and Saturday, January 25, 10:45 – 11:30 a.m.
Last Day: Tuesday, February 25, 6:15 – 7 p.m. and Saturday, February 29, 10:45 – 11:30 a.m.
Register online at www.recshop.ohio.edu

Session 4 (6 weeks)

LTS Open House (Hawaiian Night): Tuesday, March 3, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
First Day: Tuesday, March 17, 6:15 – 7 p.m. and Saturday March 21, 10:45 – 11:30 a.m.
Last Day: Tuesday, April 14, 6:15 – 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 18, 10:45 – 11:30 a.m.
Make Up Dates: Wednesday, March 25, 6:15 – 7 p.m. & Sunday, March 29, 12:15 – 1 p.m.
Register online at www.recshop.ohio.edu

Recreational Skate Sessions

Recreational skate ice times are open skating sessions. The times for recreational skate sessions are listed on the facility hours page.

All skaters are required to follow apparel guidelines. All programs will be canceled when Athens County issues a Level 3 weather advisory. These programs will not have a make-up date.

Freestyle Skate Sessions

Freestyle ice time is for scheduled private one-on-one lessons & independent skating. It is intended for the use of coaching students who have finished the Learn To Skate program. It is more structured/programed than public recreational skates. Freestyle sessions allow skaters extra practice time to fine-tune their skills. Skaters can work independently on various skills or receive a scheduled private lesson by contacting FreestyleSkate@ohio.edu.

Skaters below the level of Basic 4 must be in a lesson with a coach in order to skate during Freestyle ice times.

The times for freestyle skate sessions are listed on the facility hours page.

All skaters are required to follow apparel guidelines. All programs will be canceled when Athens County issues a Level 3 weather advisory. These programs will not have a make-up date.

Freestyle skaters can purchase a One Private Lesson 15 Minute Coupon for $8.50 in addition to lesson payment. 

Coaching/Private Skate Lessons

Private lessons are perfect for those who want to advance their skating skills. Private lessons take place during freestyle times with a coach that best fits the skater's needs. Skaters must pay the private lesson rate on top of the rate for freestyle ice time.

All of our instructors are certified with the United States Figure Skating Association and are experienced skaters that are excited to coach.

To arrange private lessons, please email the freestyle/private lessons supervisor at FreestyleSkate@ohio.edu with the name of the skater, age, skill level, what your skater is looking for in a coach, the duration of the desired lesson, and your availability.

All skaters are required to follow apparel guidelines. All programs will be canceled when Athens County issues a Level 3 weather advisory.

Midnight Meltdown Ice Skating

Midnight Meltdown rec skates are late night skating sessions that take place on select Saturday nights after D1 Hockey games throughout the winter months. Recreational skate prices apply. All skaters are required to follow apparel guidelines.

January 11: after the OHIO Hockey vs. Illinois game
February 8: after the OHIO Hockey vs. Stony Brook game
February 22: after the OHIO Hockey vs. Pitt game
February 29: after the OHIO Hockey vs. Kent game

Time: 10:30 p.m. - Midnight
Fee: Rec Skate fees apply

Ice Shows

Winter Show: Saturday, December 7 at 6 p.m.
Spring Show: Saturday, April 4 at 6 p.m.

Synchronized Skating

For more information about the Synchronized Skating club team at OHIO, please email OhioSynchro@ohio.edu.