Classes

HOW OUR SKATING SCHOOL WORKS

Winter Lodge offers group lessons for ages 4 & up. Basic skill classes are offered weekday afternoons or Saturday mornings and include free rental skates, free practice time during the skating session in progress  plus 2 extra practices to use during the lesson session!

For questions or registration information, call (650) 493-4566.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

Winter Lodge is unique in that we are a purely recreational skating school. This means that students will be taught in a relaxed atmosphere and at a pace that is comfortable for the student.  This is how we believe people learn best.

Our professional instructors decide both at what pace classes will progress and when skaters are ready to move up a level.  You will receive a progress recommendation/evaluation form from the instructor on the last day of class. We encourage lesson skaters to practice aside from their weekly lesson.  Skaters who regularly practice more than once a week, tend to enjoy the classes more and progress at a faster pace.  Please remember, it is not realistic to expect a skater to move up a level every session.  The focus is on enjoying learning to skate!

If you want a more intense training program, or would like to move a skater up a level before they have mastered the required skills, then our skating school will not work for you.

WINTER CLASSES (8 weeks) $208
  • Nov. 27 – Feb. 3 (No classes 12/25 – 1/6)
  • Call for availability! 
SPRING CLASSES (9 weeks) $234
  • Feb. 12 – Apr. 14
  • New student registration begins Mon, Jan. 29, 10am
  • Continuing WINTER students, register at your last Winter class!
WINTER GROUP CLASS STUDENTS…reminder!
  • There are NO CLASSES December 25 through January 6. All classes resume Monday, January 7.
  • Extra free practice and makeup passes are NOT VALID December 22 through January 7.
  • Winter Lodge is open for public sessions during Winter Break! (see the Public Skating page for skating schedule, including added holiday sessions! and holiday closures)

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Basic Skills Levels

Children

4 – 10 yrs. old
Monday – Friday: 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Saturday: 8:30am to 11:00am

Includes: rental skates,
2 extra public session practices.

Classes for children 4 & up meet once a week for 1/2 hour of instruction plus free practice time during the session in progress.

*For anyone who has not taken lessons, we recommend starting in Beginner level.

  • Beginner: For skaters who have never skated or never taken lessons, need to hold on or move very slowly. Teaches safety skills.
  • Pre A: For skaters who have passed Beginner and move well on skates. Teaches gliding, balancing on each foot and more.
  • A: Teaches forward stroking, forward crossovers and more.
  • B: Teaches backward stroking, backward crossovers and more.
  • C: Teaches outside 3-turns, mohawk and more.
  • D: Teaches inside 3-turns, forward edges and more.

Helmets & gloves are required for all beginners!

Teens

11 – 16 yrs. old
Monday: 5:00pm to 5:30pm

Includes: rental skates,
2 extra public session practices.

Beginner through D level  for ages 11-16 yrs.
Free practice during the Monday 3-5pm skating session.

Parent & Tot

3 - 6 yr. old Beginner with one parent
Cost: $228
Friday: 9:00am to 9:30am

Includes: rental skates for both,
2 extra public session practices.

Freestyle Levels

Pre Freestyle

Tuesday: 5:00pm to 5:45pm, or 6:00pm to 6:45pm
Cost: $182 (7 weeks) Winter session only.
Skater provides own skates.
Includes: 2 public session practices.

Prepares skaters for Freestyle 1.
Prerequisite: Passed D.


Freestyle Levels 1- 5

Thursday evening:
 FS 1: 5:00pm to 5:45pm
 FS 2: 5:45pm to 6:30pm
 FS 3: 6:30pm to 7:15pm
 FS 4: 7:30pm to 8:30pm
 FS 5: 8:30pm to 9:30pm
Skater provides own skates.
Includes: 2 public session practices.

Teaches skaters the required elements and program to music to advance through the freestyle levels.
Prerequisite: Passed Pre Freestyle.

7-9 yrs
  Monday: 5:30 – 6:15pm
HOCKEY 1 = Beginner/Intermediate

10-13 yrs
  Monday: 6:15 – 7:00pm
HOCKEY 2 = Beginner/Intermediate
HOCKEY 3 = Advanced

Skater provides own equipment & skates.
Includes 2 public session practices.

Winter Lodge hockey classes are designed to be FUN, skill building, recreational lessons for children ages 7-13 years. This is not a league and Winter Lodge skaters do not play any outside teams. Classes consist of skill building techniques which are then put to practice in scrimmages during class. Our experienced coaches create a fun, positive learning environment for the kids. Classes meet once a week for 45 minutes.


All participants must provide their own required equipment:

  1. Ice hockey helmet w/ face mask
  2. Ice hockey stick
  3. Hockey skates

Elbow pads, knee pads and gloves are strongly recommended. Other equipment and pads are fine, however not mandatory.

Winter Lodge sells hockey skates, sticks and helmets!

PLEASE READ BEFORE ENROLLING!
  • Skater must have passed at least the required skating level and be able to perform these moves confidently in hockey skates.
  • It is recommended that regular basic skills classes are also taken to improve overall skating ability as these are not skating lessons, but rather hockey skill building classes.
  • If your child has never skated or is a beginning level skater, please enroll him/her in basic skill classes before attempting to enroll in hockey, as hockey class does not teach skating skills.
  • He/she must have passed at least ‘A’ level before enrolling in hockey classes.
  • If skater is not at the appropriate level, he/she may be dropped from hockey.
Skating Level Requirements:
  • HOCKEY 1 = Beginner/Intermediate (7-9 yrs) – Forward stroking, forward crossovers on both feet, snowplow stop (A level).
  • HOCKEY 2 = Beginner/Intermediate (10-13 yrs) – Forward stroking, forward crossovers on both feet, snowplow stop (A level).
  • HOCKEY 3 = Advanced (10-13 yrs) – Forward & backward stroking, forward & backward crossovers on both feet, snowplow stop and T-stop (A & B levels) + basic stick handling/passing, hockey stop.

Basic Skills

Wednesday: 9:00 am Basic Skills – All levels.

  • All students come at 9:00am first week. The instructor will determine your level and place you in your class time.
  • Depending on enrollment and your level, your actual class time may be:
    • 9:00am
    • 9:30am

Wednesday: 8:00 pm Basic Skills – All levels.

  • All students come at 8:00pm first week. The instructor will determine your level and place you in your class time.
  • Depending on enrollment and your level, your actual class time may be:
    • 8:00pm
    • 8:30pm

Classes are 1/2 hour plus practice time during the skating session in progress.
Includes rental skates and 2 extra practices.

Basic Skills Levels
  • Beginner: For skaters who have never skated, need to hold on or move very slowly. Teaches safety skills.
  • Pre A: For skaters who walk well on skates. Teaches gliding, balancing on each foot and more.
  • A: Teaches forward stroking, forward crossovers and more.
  • B: Teaches backward stroking, backward crossovers and more.
  • C: Teaches outside 3-turns, mohawk and more.
  • D: Teaches inside 3-turns, forward edges and more.

Freestyle 1-3

Wednesday, Skater provides own skates. Includes 2 extra public session practices.
Classes are 1/2 hour plus practice time during the skating session in progress.
10:00 am – Class time may be adjusted depending on enrollment.
9:00 pm – Class time may be adjusted depending on enrollment.

Prerequisite: Passed level D


Practice time for adult classes during the 8:00 – 10:00 session in progress. Instructors encourage any extra practice you can fit in your schedule!

Special Needs Program

The Family Ice Skating Program is for people with special needs along with their families. This program, developed and run by Lynn Loar, Ph.D., LCSW uses Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to mark incremental steps toward a goal with a tagger and awards points. The 12-week (one semester) tuition covers instruction, admission and skate rental for all members of the family. For more information, please contact Lynn at l.loar@comcast.net.

For information on TAGteach click here.

  • Winter Lodge private lessons are offered to Winter Lodge freestyle level skaters only.
  • Basic skills level skaters are encouraged to enroll in our group classes for regular weekly lessons.
  • If your basic skills skater is in need of a private lesson for additional instruction with a particular element, we offer a “one-time private” on a Wednesday or Friday at 5pm (cost: $54/30 minutes). You may sign up at the front desk or call 650-493-4566.

Our lesson program specializes in group instruction where skaters learn in a fun, low-key environment.