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Learn To Skate

Learn the basic skills of ice skating. Our professional instructors excel in teaching all ages and abilities. The student to teacher ratio is kept low so that each skater gets the attention they need to advance through the levels and continue learning.

learntoskate@fscmpls.org

Upcoming Session Info

Winter 1 // November 6 - December 21, 2023

Mondays - 6:30-7:30pm
Thursdays - 6:30-7:30pm

Saturdays - 9:45-11:15am

Current Session Info

Fall // September 7 - October 23, 2023

Mondays - 6:30-7:30pm

Thursdays - 6:30-7:30pm

Saturdays - 9:45-11:15am

Levels

Learn To Skate

Snow Plow Sam

  • ​Snowplow Sam Levels are designed for kids age 3-6 to learn the basics of skating. Skaters will learn how to fall, get back up again, march across the ice and build the confidence to continue their skating journey.

  • Snow Plow Sam Level Details

Basic Skills

  • Basic Skills levels are available to all skaters over the age of 6 (or who have graduated from Snow Plow Sam). Skaters learn the fundamentals of  ice skating. Basic skills set skaters up for success no matter what ice sport a skater chooses to do. 

  • Basic Skills Level Details

Freeskate

  • Learn to Skate USA's Freeskate program introduces skaters to the beginning elements of figure skating, including progressive skating skills, transitions, spins & Jumps. Skaters can eventually choose a competitive path of figure skating or a recreational one, either direction is definitely fun!

  • Freeskate Level Details

Adult

  • It's never too late to lean how to skate, adults skate too. Learn to skate USA has a program just for adults! It's a great way to stay in shape and improve existing skills and even learn new skills. 

  • Adult Level Details

FAQs

Learn To Skate

How old does my skater need to be to take lessons?

  • Skaters as young as three years old can sign up!

    • We recommend helmets for our youngest and newest skaters
      (bike or hockey helmets are great)

How do I know which class to sign up for?

  • If your skater is brand new, we always recommend starting at the beginning: 

    • Ages 3-6 - Register for Snow Plow Sam 1​

    • Age 6+ - Register for Basic 1

  • If your skater has skated with us before, they should register for the class they have not yet passed. It is very normal for skaters to register for some levels on more than one occasion, some levels and skills are more challenging than others and we want to be sure your skater is ready for what comes next.

  • If your skater has taken some time off since their last round of lessons, register them for the class they had most recently passed (a refresher course can be a great thing and help set them up for success!)

*We will adjust your skater up or down based on the skills they show mastery in. Just because they start on day 1 at a level 1, does not mean they will stay there through the whole session. It is always easier to move a skater up a level than bumping them back down.

 

Can a parent take lessons too?

  • Absolutely! We have a very strong adult skating program at Minneapolis. Adults of all levels and ages are welcome and encouraged to sign up for lessons!

I have to miss a week, can I make it up somehow?

  • Yes! If you need to miss a week during a session, let your instructor know and they can help you know what time a lesson would be on one of the other days of the week.

Where can I buy skates?

Do you rent skates?

  • We have a limited number of skates available for use during lessons.

What should my skater wear?

  • It's always best to wear too many layers - your skater can always take off a hat or jacket if they're too warm... but if you didn't bring them?
    • Here's a cute example from our good friend, Snowplow Sam

What else should I know before our first lesson?

  • HERE is a great primer from Learn To Skate USA with lots of good detail!
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