Breckenridge is best known for its ski resort and mining history, but it also offers many great activities for families. Main Street is lined with charming historic buildings. The mountain offers not just skiing but also an alpine coaster, a mountaintop children’s museum, a nordic snowcat adventure at the Breckenridge Nordic Center and a super fun Breckenridge ice skating rink.
Like sledding, ice skating is one of those winter sports that can sometimes be free. Believe it or not, there are ice rinks built and maintained by the community that are free to the public. At these all you need is a pair of skates and some winter clothing to keep you warm. The Breckenridge Ice Rink is not free, but it is quite affordable, cheaper than going to the movies if you bring your own skates. And, what could be better than twirling around an outdoor ice rink on a beautiful winter day?
Ice skating a one of our favorite Colorado family activities. Summit County, Colorado is home to a variety of magical outdoor ice skating rinks. Glide, slide, spin or join in a vigorous ice hockey game!
Breckenridge Ice Rink
Breckenridge Ice Rink: Stephen C. West Ice Arena
0189 Boreas Pass Road Breckenridge, CO 80424 | 970.547.9974
Stephen C. West Ice Arena is comprised of two NHL-sized ice skating surfaces. One indoor ice rink open year round and one outdoor ice skating rink open October through April. These Breckenridge ice skating arenas are run by the Town of Breckenridge and are affordable $6-8 per person, plus a $4 skate rental fee if you don’t bring your own skates.
A $2.3 million addition to be completed October 2019 adds two locker rooms, with separate restrooms and showers, along with additional office space for the Summit Youth Hockey Association and staff.
Intersection of Main Street and South Park Avenue
Ice skating at Maggie Pond is seasonal and dependent upon weather conditions. When it is open, skates are available for rent from the Village at Breckenridge.
Other Summit County Ice Skating
Summit County is a fantastic winter destination for families. Not only does it boast some of Colorado best ski resorts but also a variety of Summit County ice skating rinks. Following are a few other locations in Summit County, Colorado boasting special ice skating experiences.
Keystone Ice Skating
Keystone boasts two outdoor ice skating rinks. The Lakeside Ice Rink is the largest outdoor rink in North America that offers regular Zamboni maintenance. Dercum Square Ice Rink in the heart of River Run Village is 7,200 square-feet of daytime and nighttime fun.
Lakeside Ice Rink
Keystone’s 5-acre lake converts into the largest Zamboni-maintained outdoor rink in North America in the winter. The rink adds to the ambiance with festive holiday lights and fun music. Admission ranges from $5-15, and skate rental also ranges from $5-15.
Dercum Square Ice Rink
100 Dercum Square, Keystone, CO 80435 | 970.496.4386
Dercum Square is just a short walk from the Gondola, in the heart of River Run Village. This 7,200-sq. ft Keystone ice skating rink offers skating both day and night. Skate rentals are $10-15 and admission is free.
There’s so much more to do at Copper Mountain. Make a weekend of it and enjoy skiing, the alpine coaster and more!
Copper Mountain Ice Skating
West Lake Ice Skating Rink
When this pond freezes over in the winter, typically in December, it opens to the public for free ice skating. Bring your own skates or rent them from City Pop for $10 each. Or, spend $40 in the Village at Copper’s restaurants or shops, Sun-Thurs and receive a free ice skate rental. Be sure to bring your receipt.
Frisco Ice Skating
Meadow Creek Pond
Meadow Creek Pond, behind Walmart in Frisco opens for free public skating each winter, weather permitting from dawn until 10:00 pm. The Frisco Public Works Department clears the ice of snow and then continues to maintain the ice by removing snow and applying water to the surface as time and resources permit. Here you skate at your own risk. Bring your own skates to skate free.
Silverthorne Ice Skating
Ice Skating at North Pond, on the east side of Highway 9 across from Silverthorne Elementary, is available for ice skating in the winter weather permitting. Bring your own skates to skate free. This huge pond freezes over in winter, so that people can skate here. There’s even a new warming hut.
Wrap Up Summit County Ice Skating
Wherever you decide to experience Summit County ice skating, be sure to end the day with hot cocoa or S’mores by a warm fire!
Just to the west Eagle County also boast fun Vail ice skating rinks!
Looking for other fun family activities in the area, check out our round up of fun and free Breckenridge sledding hills!
Not too far away, families will find other fun winter activities such as a new alpine coaster, ice castles and more!