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Ice Skating & Hockey


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.


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

* Late Night Skate runs every Thursday from October 5 – December 7 (except Thanksgiving)
** Saturday open rec skate is closed during home football games

Wednesday 2:30pm – 4pm
 Sunday 7pm – 9pm
Tuesday & Thursday 11am – 2pm

Theme Skate Nights are offered the following Saturdays from 7pm-8:30pm at the Shell.

Date Theme
October 7 80’s
October 28 Scary Songs (Halloween)
November 4 Boy Bands
December 2 Girl Bands
December 9 Holiday Songs


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.


Learn to Skate

Learn to Skate

This class offers an introduction to any form of skating and focuses on teaching the basic elements that would allow you to progress into hockey, figure skating, or skating for fun. Must be 18 years or older to participate.

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

Private Skate Lessons

Private Skate Lessons

Private and semi-private skate lessons packages will be offered at select times during Open Skate. If interested in personalized instructions, please register through the link below. Signing up consists of three 30 minute lessons.

Private Semi-Private (up to 3 skaters)
Student $60 $25
Affiliate $70 $30
Community $80 $35

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


  • General Policies
    • Instruction by skating professionals during Open Rec Skate is prohibited
    • Rec Sports staff has the authority to stop any activity that may create maintenance or safety concerns
    • Skating direction is at the discretion of staff on duty
  • Open Hockey
    • Participants must be at least 18 years of age
    • The first two goalies to arrive for each session will be admitted at no charge (still must pay equipment rental, if needed)
    • Helmets are required and may be rented from the front desk for $2
  • Stick & Puck
    • Participants must be at least 18 years of age
    • Helmet and gloves are required
    • No pick-up games are permitted


Interested in reserving ice space for an event for your student organization, university department, or community group? All reservations can be made by submitting a Special Event Request Form.

For more information, please visit our Reservations & Rentals page or email