Learn to Skate

Learn to SkateOur learn to skate program is committed to fostering the development of every skater. We provide a variety of programs which teach the fundamentals of skating to all ages and abilities.


We are offer classes for every level and style from beginners to hockey players to figure skaters. Classes consist of a 30 minute group lesson, along with 30 minutes of practice time. The fee includes four open skate passes for the participant to use during public open skate times.
You can view our current sessions and register online to reserve your spot.

Learn to Skate Open House & Winter Exhibition I Tue, Jan. 8 I 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Come to the rink and try skating! Great opportunity to meet the instructors and get your class questions answered. At 5:45 p.m. watch the current participants as they perform their competition programs! Register on-site for the upcoming winter sessions and get $5 off the registration fee. 

No pre-registration required - just come!

Helpful Tips

Skating Attire

Layered clothing works best with gloves. We do not recommend snowsuits, heavy gear or jeans as they hinder the skater's movement. It is highly recommended that skaters ages 6 and under wear a helmet.


Skates should fit snug and have ample ankle support. Tie the skates tight beginning at the toe box. Double runners are not allowed. We recommend starting in a figure skate. Tots 1 - 4 should start in figure skates; hockey skates are more difficult for beginning skaters until they have mastered some skills at which point they can switch to hockey skates.

  • Learn to Skate helpful tips (PDF)

Spring Ice Show

Enjoy watching students of the Learn to Skate program and Inver Grove Heights skate competitors dazzle you on the ice with a themed ice show! 

2019 Ice Show: "Alice in Winterland"

Sat, April 13
2 p.m. & 6 p.m. show times
Admission: $5/person

Interested in participating?

Learn to Skate Participants:

Participants in the Learn to Skate program will have the opportunity to be a part of the 2019 Spring Ice Show! All skate school participants are encouraged to join in the fun! All levels will have numbers in the show.

Solo Tryouts

Skaters whom have competed for Inver Grove Heights in the past year are eiligible to tryout for a solo in the Spring Ice Show. 

Tryouts: Tue, Feb. 26 from 6:40-7:40 p.m. at the VMCC Ice Arena (8055 Barbara Ave, Inver Grove Heights, 55077)


A formal skating program with music will be required for tryouts. For more information, view the registration page. There is a fee of $15 and includes a T-shirt.

Register by Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019.


  • Call 651-450-2468
  • Email Al Vandehoef, Recreation Coordinator