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So you want to skate? See you at the Shell.

Learn to skate – or skate around in circles – at the ice rink. Instructional lessons and informal Open Rec opportunities are both available in the historic space, where you can also rent equipment and/or lockers to store your own onsite.

SCHEDULE

Monday  11am – 2pm
Wednesday 11am-  2pm, 6:15pm – 7:15pm
Thursday  11:15pm – 12:45pm*
Friday 11am – 2pm, 5:45pm – 7pm
Saturday 1:30pm – 3pm, 7pm – 8:30pm**
Sunday 1:30pm – 3pm

 

*Late Night Skate will run October 4 – December 6. Due to Thanksgiving, there will no Late Night Skate on Thursday, November 22.

**Open Rec Skate will end at 8pm on 12/22, 12/29, 1/5, and 1/12.

Wednesday  2:30pm – 4pm
Sunday 7pm – 9pm*

 

* Open Rec Hockey will end at 8pm on 11/25, 12/23, 12/30, 1/6, and 1/13.

Tuesday 11am- 2pm
Thursday 11am – 2pm

 

Join us at the Shell for themed skates on Saturdays, 7pm – 8:30pm.

September 22  2000’s
September 29  R&B
October 13  Wisconsin Songs
October 27  Spooky Songs
November 10  One Hit Wonders
November 17  Girl Bands
December 1  Boy Bands
December 8  Kids Movie Music

ICE RINK FEES & SKATE RENTALS

A valid Rec Sports membership or photo ID card is required.

UW Student  $4
Affiliate/Community with Rec Sports Membership $5
Affiliate/Community without Rec Sports Membership  $6
Other students & children  $4

A valid Rec Sports membership or photo ID card is required. Open to all Shell ice rink users. Available for purchase at the Shell Member Services Office.

All participants $3
Unlimited Skate Rental Pass $20/ semester, $30 / Fall + Spring

Purchase a Skate Pass for unlimited access to our Open Rec Skate, Open Hockey*, and Stick & Puck* at the rink!
*Participants in Open Hockey and Stick & Puck must be at least 18 years of age.

UW Student  $30/Semester $50/Fall + Spring Open to enrolled UW-Madison students. Available for purchase online or at the Shell Member Services Office.
Rec Sports Member
$40/Semester $70/Fall + Spring Open to anyone with a current Rec Sports Membership. Available for purchase online or at the Shell Member Services Office.
Non-Rec Sports Member
$50/Semester $90/Fall + Spring Open to any non-Rec Sports Member. This pass includes only ice rink usage during Open Skate times. Available for purchase at the Shell Member Services Office.

Private and Semi-Private Lessons

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Private Skate Lessons

Private skate lessons will be offered at select times during Open Skate. If interested in personalized, one-on-one instruction, please register through the link below. Signing up for one session includes three 30-minute lessons.

Student: $60
Affiliate Member: $70
Community: $90

Private Skate Lessons

Semi-Private Skate Lessons

Grab your friends and learn a new skill at the Shell! Semi-private skate lessons consist of 2-4 skaters and an instructor during Open Skate. We do not pair up groups for semi-private lessons. You must provide the names of the other skaters in your group when you register. Signing up for one session includes three 30-minute lessons.

Student: $25
Affiliate Member: $30
Community: $35

Register Here

* Pricing includes both ice and skate rental costs.
* Price includes price per person.

LEARN TO SKATE

SKATE, SWIZZLE, AND SLALOM THROUGH OUR DIFFERENT LEVELS.

Lessons are available for all UW students, Affiliate Rec Sports members, and Community members. All classes include a free skate rental. Most classes meet once a week for four weeks.

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Beginner 1

Gain confidence on the ice while learning the basics of forward and backward skating and stopping.

Student: $40
Affiliate Member: $45
Community: $60

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    Designed for:

    • Skaters with little or no experience

    Prerequisites:

    • No experience required

    Class Components:

    • Forward skating
    • Backward skating
    • Stopping
    • Rocking horses
    • Swizzles
    • Gliding
    • Dips
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Beginner 2

Build your confidence as you continue to develop and learn new skills.

Student: $40
Affiliate Member: $45
Community: $60

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    Designed for:

    • Skaters who have skated before and they know that they can complete the different skills in Beginner 1

    Prerequisites:

    • Beginner 1

    Class Components:

    • One-foot glides
    • Slaloms
    • Two-foot turns on a line in place
    • Moving forwards to backwards-mohawk
    • Moving backwards to forwards-mohawk
    • Forward outside edges on a circle
    • Forward inside edges on a circle
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Beginner 3

Continue to build on skating skills.

Student: $40
Affiliate Member: $45
Community: $60

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    Designed for:

    • Skaters who have skated before and they know that they can complete the different skills in Beginner 2

    Prerequisites:

    • Beginner 2

    Class Components:

    • Backwards half-swizzle pumps
    • Slaloms
    • Forward half-swizzle pumps
    • Two-foot turns moving
    • Forward crossovers
    • Backward one foot glides
    • Backwards outside edges on a circle
    • Backwards inside edges on a circle