Our Favorite Utah Indoor Ice Skating Rinks

Dated: 12/20/2017

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Even though skiing and snowboarding tend to steal the spotlight, ice skating is another Utah winter sport that deserves your attention. Whether you have visions of the Stanley Cup—or a perfectly-executed double Lutz—dancing in your head, an ice rink is the place to sharpen those skills.

And one of the best parts is that an afternoon of gliding fun can be yours for a fraction of the price you’d spend for a day on the mountain. To help you on your way to ice skating fame (or just a nice day out with the fam) check out our favorite indoor skating rinks across the Wasatch Front.

Favorite Indoor Ice Skating Rinks

The best thing about an indoor skating rink is that you can hit the ice all year long. But we like them in the winter because an indoor rink keeps you from freezing your fingertips off in the frigid Utah temps. If you want to hit the ice—and skip the icicles—these are the indoor skating rinks you need to put on your list.

South Davis Recreation Center Ice Rink

This family rec facility is just minutes north of downtown Salt Lake City and features a world-class ice rink that is host to a number of competitions every year. In addition, some of Utah’s best hockey players learned to play in the “Learn to Play Hockey” program sponsored by Davis County Youth Hockey, which calls this rink home.

The rink also offers a Learn-to-Skate program for those who aren’t ready to grab a stick and chase down a puck. Lessons are taught in three-week blocks and cost $40 or $45, depending on whether you’re a rec center member. Private lessons are available from in-house pros for those who want to take their skills to the next level.

Public skating is available Monday through Sunday, and prices are as follows:

  • Adults (18+) $5

  • Youth (3-17) $3.50

  • Senior (60+) $3.50

  • Skate Rental $1.50

  • Skate Walker $3.00

Sessions run for two hours each, and times are posted on the ice rink website. If you want to skate for more than one session you need to purchase entry for each session, even if it’s on the same day.

Utah Olympic Oval

Built just in time for the 2002 Winter Olympics, the Utah Olympic Oval is known for the “Fastest Ice on Earth.” More than 100 world records in speed skating have been made on this ice, which keep it a popular go-to venue for speed skating races and Olympic Trials. The facility, located about 16 miles west of Salt Lake City in Kearns, covers five acres and houses a 400-meter skating oval and two international-sized ice sheets.

But you don’t need to be an Olympic athlete to enjoy the Utah Olympic Oval. The facility offers a variety of learn-to-skate programs for speed skating, figure skating, hockey, and more. Why not start your ice skating journey on a rink that has been touched by the skates of champions? Public skating sessions are available most evenings, and on weekends.

Here’s the pricing breakdown:

  • Adults (13+) $5.50

  • Youth (12 & under) $4

  • Seniors (65+) $4

  • Military, Civil Service $4

  • Skate Rental $3

  • Walkers for kids 5 & under $5

You can also take part in special events like Cosmic Skate Night, where you can skate to the sounds of an in-house DJ under black lights, lasers, and neon effects. Price for Cosmic Skate Night is $6.50 plus skate rental.

SLC Sports Complex

The SLC Sports Complex boasts two Olympic-sized ice rinks and welcomes skaters of every age and skill level. One of the things we like best about the Sports Complex is how affordable it is. This facility offers the least expensive admission prices on our list. Along with figure skating and hockey associations and training, the SLC Sports Complex also offers Ice Bocce, which isn’t as easy to find.

Located up near the University of Utah campus, you can access the Sports Complex by car or public transportation—it’s right next to a Trax station. You can even rent out one or both rinks for group parties and events. Groups of more than 20 can get a discount. Public skating hours are posted monthly on the website, and sessions are available morning, afternoon, and evening.  

SLC Sports Complex admission prices:

  • Children/Adults (6+) $4

  • Toddler (5 and under) $1

  • Skate Rental $2

  • Skate Helmet $1

The SLC Sports Complex also hosts hockey tournaments and figure skating competitions, so be sure to check the website for upcoming events.

What Are You Waiting For?

Whether you’re a pro on the ice or are looking for a family activity to keep everyone moving during the winter months, ice skating is a great option. Because every ice rink on our list offers beginners classes, you don’t need to worry about being a newbie, either. All that’s left to do is find a public session that works for you and your little ones, and get ready to lace up some skates.

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