PC Ice Rink Ready to Reopen


The Park City Ice Arena is ready to open its doors for its third season on July 1, 2008. Stacey Noonan, general manager says “this is great opportunity for those who are looking to have some fun - out of the sun - this summer”. So when the heat gets extreme, head over to the arena located at the intersection of Hwy 40 and Hwy 248 at Quinn’s Junction for a little recreational skating, drop-in hockey game, freestyle or speed skating session. And keep in mind that it’s a great place for your next family reunion, birthday party or company teambuilding event with affordable party and group rate packages.

The season kicks off with the Adult Hockey League starting June 29th . Skaters have the option to play in an “A” or “B/C” league on Tuesday or Sunday nights respectively. Adults looking to fine tune their hockey skills can drop-in to the Monday night Skills & Drills program taught by local and visiting instructors including Claude Lemieux, Luc Robitaille, Andre Faust, and Rick Tabaracci, all ex-NHL players to name a few.

Or if you’re new to the sport of skating, sign up for a Learn to Skate or Learn to Play Hockey class during the summer session with classes running twice a week for a three weeks beginning July 29th. If you’re looking to have some fun on the ice without having to strap on a pair of skates, try Curling at one of the two open houses on July 17th or July 26th. If you fall in love with the sport, you can satisfy your passion by joining the Curling league this fall. Sled Hockey is another sport you can try; instead of standing up on skates you sit in a sled and maneuver with your arms using hockey sticks with picks on the ends. The National Ability Center sponsors this rec program every week on Wednesday evenings starting July 2nd.

Ex-NHL player Claude Lemieux is back this summer with his youth hockey camp that focuses on AAA player skills the first two weeks of July and recreational skills the third week of July. Rocky Mt. Hockey School will also provide hockey instruction during it’s camp scheduled for the last week of July so if you are a hockey player you don’t have to travel far to participate in these great local training camps.

Noonan also explains that “the arena opens with several programs and clubs that cover all aspects of ice sports”. A new youth hockey association formed last year is under new leadership and hopes to grow their organization this season. In cooperation with the association, ice arena staff purchased 30 sets of youth hockey equipment so if your child wants to give this sport a try, you can rent equipment for a nominal fee and see if it’s a sport that tickles your child’s fancy.

The Park City Figure Skating Club is off to a rock solid start with 35 members. They initiated club member status with the United State Figure Skating Association and picked up a first place trophy at a skating competition in Rock Springs this past season. Arena staff is overseeing the installation of a jump harness donated by Club secretary Sherry Pruka so skaters will have the capability to learn how to jump and not hit the ice if their landing is not quite perfected. Club ice is on Mondays and Thursdays at 4:30pm plus there are several freestyle and public sessions to practice on.

The Speed Skating Club is open to youth and adults who search for the fastest ice on earth to train and this club is looking to increase its membership as well. Olympic gold medalist Eric Heiden supports the organization by handing out medals at local competitions. The club is fortunate to have the US Short Track Speed Skating Team practicing at the Oval in Kearns because they can draw on high level instructors to teach technique to its members. Club ice will be on Thursday evenings and those interested can borrow club skates and come to a session to give it a try.

Club contact information and the July schedule are online at parkcityice.org so check it out and “Beat the Heat - get your feet on the sheet!”