Classes

HOW OUR SKATING SCHOOL WORKS

Winter Lodge offers group classes for ages 6 and up. Youth Basic Skill classes are offered weekday afternoons or Saturday mornings and include free rental skates. Adult Basic Skill and Freestyle classes are offered Wednesday mornings.

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.  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

November 30 – January 23 (No classes Dec. 21 – Jan. 2)

Cost: $180 (includes rental skates)

6 weeks (1/2 hr class once a week)

 

CLASSES OFFERED FOR THE WINTER SESSION:

Youth Classes:

  • Pre A – D levels (ages 6-17)
  • Pre Freestyle
  • Freestyle 1-5

Adult Classes (Wed AM):

  • Pre A – D levels (18 yrs & up)
  • Freestyle 1-3

We are not yet offering younger skater or Beginner classes due to the “hands-on” nature of these classes. We will also not be offering hockey classes until scrimmaging is allowable.

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:

Basic Skills Levels

Youth

6 - 10 yrs. old
Pre A - D levels only at this time.
Monday – Friday: Between 3:00pm and 5:00pm
Saturday: Between 8:30am and 11:00am

Includes: Rental skates

Classes for children 6 - 17 meet once a week for 1/2 hour of instruction.

 

  • 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.

Masks & gloves are required for all skaters. Helmets are recommended. (Bike helmets are fine!)

Teens

11 – 17 yrs. old
Pre A - D levels only at this time.
Monday: 5:00pm to 5:30pm

Includes: Rental skates

Pre A through D level  for ages 11-16 yrs.

Parent & Tot

(Not offered at this time)
3 - 6 yr. old Beginner with one parent
Cost:
Friday: 9:00am to 9:30am

Includes: rental skates for both.

Freestyle Levels

Pre Freestyle

Tuesday: 4:30pm - 5:15pm 
Skater provides own skates.

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.

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

Hockey is not available at this time.
Monday: 
5:30 - 6:15 Beginner/Intermediate (7-9 yrs)
5:45 - 6:30 Beginner-Advanced (10-13 yrs)
 
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.

Basic Skills

Morning Adult classes now available!

Wednesday: 9:00 am Basic Skills – Pre A – D 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

Classes are 1/2 hour once a week.
Includes rental skates.

 

Basic Skills Levels
  • 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

Prerequisite: Passed level D

Wednesdays, 10:00am

Skater provides own skates.
Classes are 1/2 hour once a week.


 

This program is not available at this time.

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.

Private lessons are not available at this time.

  • 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 (through Feb.19) or Friday at 5pm (cost: $56/30 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.