Registration open for Vail Recreation District skating classes at Dobson |

Registration open for Vail Recreation District skating classes at Dobson

The Vail Recreation District this fall and winter is offering skating and hockey programs for ages 4-14. The Mites and Mini Mites are youth hockey programs.
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The Vail Recreation District has opened registration for fall and winter skating and hockey programs at Dobson Ice Arena.

Tailored to children and youth ages 4-14, the VRD offers a wide variety of programs for all interests and abilities, from learning to skate programs up to more advanced specialty classes for aspiring figure skaters and hockey players.

For more information and to register, visit or call 970-479-2271.


Learn to Skate USA

When: Wednesdays, 4-4:45 p.m. or 4:30-5:15 p.m.

Ages: 4-14

Cost: $105

Sessions: Oct 3-Nov. 14; Jan. 9-Feb. 20; Feb. 27-April 17

Learn to Skate USA is for all skaters who want to learn to ice skate, whether you plan on being a hockey player, figure skater or just want to learn another winter recreational activity. This program offers instruction in a group setting and will teach the basics of ice skating.

Jr. Prep, Jumps & Spins

When: Mondays, 4:15-4:45 p.m.

Cost/Sessions: Oct. 8-Nov. 12 (six classes) ($90); Jan. 7-Feb. 18 (seven classes) ($105); Feb. 25-April 15 (eight classes) ($120).

This class is designed for skaters who have passed Level 5 to continue to grow in a group setting. This is a great transition from the Learn to Skate USA program into more advanced levels before making the commitment to competition or private lessons.

Theater on Ice

When: Wednesdays, 5:15-5:45 p.m.

Cost: $105

Sessions: Oct. 3-Nov. 14; Jan. 9-Feb. 20; Feb. 27-April 17

Theater on Ice is set up for skaters to express their theatrical traits on the ice. This program focuses on the art of performing.

Freestyle Skating Sessions

When: Mornings throughout the week

Cost: $6-$7 for 30 minutes

Freestyle sessions are available on a first come, first served basis. Freestyle sessions are currently open to all levels. Skating instructors must contact Dobson Arena before teaching privately.

Story Time Skating

When: Wednesdays, Oct. 3-April 15, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Cost: $10

Children can enjoy story hour at the Vail Public Library paired with skating at Dobson Ice Arena. There is no charge for story time at the library. Toddler story time is at 10 a.m. followed by pre-school story time at 11 a.m. No registration is required.


Youth Hockey: Mites and Mini Mites

When: Thursdays and Sundays

Ages: 5-8

Cost: $160, or $260 for both sessions.

Sessions: Oct. 4-Dec. 16; Jan. 6-March 7

Mini Mites (ages 5 and 6, birth years 2013 and 2012) and Mites (ages 7 and 8, birth years 2010 and 2011) will learn the fundamentals of ice hockey through fun and educational instruction and enjoy an introduction to competition. Both groups practice from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. on Thursdays. Mini Mites practice from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Sundays and Mites practice from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Sundays. A couple of weekends each season will include scheduled games at the Eagle Ice Rink. Mites will also have the opportunity to play teams from Glenwood Springs, Aspen and Summit.

Girls Youth Hockey

When: Thursdays, 4:15-5:15 p.m.

Ages: 9 and older

Cost: $100

Sessions: Oct. 16-Dec. 18; Jan. 8-March 12

This program is designed to encourage interest and confidence in the sport for both novice and experienced skaters. There may be equipment available for rent or purchase depending on size, but not guaranteed.


Public Skating

For the recreational skater, Dobson Ice Arena hosts open skating sessions for all ages and abilities. Cost is $3 for ages 4 and younger; $6 for ages 5-12; and $7 for ages 13 and older. Rentals are $3. Days and times vary throughout the fall and winter, visit the schedule online. Season punch cards are available.

Public Stick & Puck Hockey

Players looking for their hockey fix can drop in to stick and puck hockey throughout the fall and winter at Dobson Ice Arena. Cost is $5 to play, schedule will vary. See the schedule online. Players must wear a helmet.

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