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Take a tour of the region’s indoor and outdoor ice-skating rinks, many of which are open year-round.

There’s no shortage of ice-skating rinks in the Reno – Tahoe winter wonderland. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely outing with friends and family or a professional outfit where you can join a local hockey league or practice figure skating, the amount of indoor and outdoor options has significantly increased throughout the Sierra over the past few years. Here’s an in-depth guide to the region’s frozen venues.

Outdoor Rinks

EDGEWOOD TAHOE

Edgewood Tahoe’s Veuve Clicquot Champagne Chalet is a charming and retro-inspired, intimate bar with outdoor seating. Courtesy: Edgewood Tahoe.

Already famous for golf and spa days, Edgewood Tahoe also boasts a luxe ice rink complete with a Veuve Clicquot-flowing mobile bar. Edgewood on Ice takes advantage of the resort’s prime locale along South Lake Tahoe’s shore, where skaters are enveloped in the natural alpine setting. Passes for resort guests and non-guests include skate rental (adults $25/$35; $15/$20 children), with a $5 discount for bringing your own skates. edgewoodtahoe.com

TRUCKEE ICE RINK

Truckee Ice Rink at Truckee River Regional Park may not be regulation size, but it hits all the basics. Check its winter webcam for real-time conditions and crowds before heading over for a range of activities from figure skating and ice dancing for advanced skaters to public skating and lessons for all. Rent Roxa’s plastic ice skates for extra support. a new perk here. Rates vary for residents and non-residents, and locals should consider buying a season pass. The warming hut is available to host birthdays and other private events, or rent the whole rink. tdrpd.org

THE VILLAGE AT NORTHSTAR CALIFORNIA

It’s hard to miss Northstar California’s rink smack dab in the center of the village and surrounded by shops and eateries. Cabanas and fire pits circle the amenity for a full-service guest experience that wouldn’t be complete without the resort’s signature s’mores. Day lockers, restrooms, figure and hockey skate rentals, and complimentary helmets add to the convenience. Supply your own skates and skate for free. northstarcalifornia.com

HEAVENLY VILLAGE

Amid thousands of hotel rooms and near the gondola, Heavenly Village’s all-day rink is always packed. The vacation tradition is a win-win for the whole family, since parents can enjoy cocktails and meals at several surrounding restaurants like Base Camp Pizza Co. while keeping an eye on their skating children. Whimsical snowflake lights and pumping music add to the thrill and the vibe of the season. During the holidays Santa and Mrs. Claus visit the rink daily, and Disney characters make special appearances. (Look out for Cinderella, Buzz, Woody and Olaf.) Skaters will also be able to hear concerts by country music star Tyler Rich on December 30, and Gin Blossoms on New Year’s Eve with fireworks over the rink. It’s recommended to purchase tickets in advance since ice time sells out during peak weeks. If the rink is full, treat kids to Heavenly Village’s Build-A Bear workshop, Ferris wheel rides and cinema. theshopsatheavenly.com

GRAND SIERRA RESORT & CASINO

Situated on the Grand Sierra Resort & Casino’s pool and spa level, the 8,000-square-foot outdoor rink overlooks the mountains of Reno. Skaters can warm up by ordering special items from the pool bar. Some are hot soups served in bread bowls, s’mores, hot cocoa and fireside­themed cocktails. Hotel guests and non-guests receive the same rates ($15 with skate rental/$8 without). A four-person family fun pack includes skate rentals, hot cocoa and s’mores for $60. grandsierraresort.com

TAHOE CITY WINTER SPORTS PARK

Located at the Tahoe City golf course, the Tahoe City Winter Sports Park offers an array of winter fun rolled into one location. Sledding, ice skating, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing are all available at the park, complete with a lodge and full-service bar and restaurant. Operated by the Tahoe City Public Utility District, the ice skating rink is open to the public for a nominal fee. Skate rentals and season passes are offered. Be sure to visit their website and make reservations in advance. tcpud.org/winter

RESORT AT SQUAW CREEK

This outdoor ice rink located in Olympic Valley is open daily to resort guests (weather permitting) and operates in two “sessions” with a five-hour break in between to refresh and clean the ice. Warm up with a lunch or dinner at one of the resort’s various restaurants or indulge in a libation or a mug of hot chocolate from the outdoor bar. Figure and hockey skates and helmets are available for rent. destinationhotels.com/squawcreek

Indoor Rinks

TAHOE ICE ARENA

New management has been busy sprucing up Tahoe Ice Arena, South Lake Tahoe’s only year-round, indoor rink. In between painting and revamping the snack bar, the longtime home of the Tahoe Grizzlies youth hockey travel team with an NHL regulation-sized rink introduced big initiatives in 2021. The Tahoe Lakers, a brand-new amateur team for players aged 16-20, kicked off its inaugural season here. They compete nationwide with dreams of scoring college scholarships and going pro. The rink also launched Friday Night Lights skate sessions for high school and junior high students. Though figure skaters still come out to perfect their jumps during freestyle skate, the rink mainly caters to public skating from the holidays through mid-February. tahoearena.co

RENO ICE

Since opening its doors in January 2021, Reno Ice: The Jennifer M. O’Neal Community Ice Arena has been a boon for ice skaters and hockey players of all levels and abilities. The Greater Reno Community Ice Skating Association operates the year-round, indoor facility with an NHL regulation-sized rink and is raising funds for a second. They need more space to accommodate the overwhelming response and jam-packed schedule for tot, youth and adult hockey leagues; figure-skating lessons and freestyle sessions; public skating on weekends; school field trips; sled hockey for people with disabilities; private lessons; private event rentals; the Reno Hockey Academy, and sold­out home games for the Reno Ice Raiders, a semi-pro, senior men’s club that travels throughout the western U.S. Comprehensive services extend to a pro shop, skate rental and sharpening, and a concession stand to refuel and sit back and watch the game. Due to covid, public skate reservations must be made in advance. renoice.com

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