Friday, January 13, 2012

Outdoor ice rinks provide economical fun

In Ketchum, Hailey


     Looking for the perfect outdoor recreation for your child until the snow starts to fall?

     Try outdoor figure skating and hockey at the Ketchum Parks Department’s Christina Potters Rink near the tennis courts at AtkinsonPark, or Hailey’s Ice’s Roberta McKercher rink near Hailey Armory.

 

Park Penguins

     Learn to shoot, skate and stickhandle from former and current Sun Valley Suns hockey players during the Atkinson Park Penguins after-school sessions for boys and girls in grades 2-5.

     The five-week program started Wednesday, Jan. 11 and continues Wednesdays and Fridays from 2:30-4 p.m. through Friday, Feb. 10. Cost begins at $30 per person.

     Park Penguins have a special event when they play an exhibition game between the first and second periods of the Suns home game against Bobby Farrelly’s East Coast Gutter Snipes on Saturday, Jan. 28 at Sun ValleySkatingCenter.

     Parent volunteers are welcome to participate with the kids. Contact Bobby Noyes at 726-7820 or 720-1257 to sign up.  Loaner gear is available for youngsters just getting started.

 

Hailey Ice programs

     Weather permitting, Hailey Ice offers free open skating in January and February on the McKercherPark outdoor sheet. Times are Mondays through Fridays from 2:30-6 p.m. plus Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Skate loan is available at those times.

     · The five-week Hailey Hockey program for boys and girls in grades kindergarten through five began this week.

     Girls meet with coach Bege Reynolds on Tuesdays from 3-4 p.m. from Jan. 10-Feb. 7. Boys gather with coach Tom Dabney on Wednesdays from 3-4 p.m. through Feb. 8. Cost is $30. Loaner equipment is available.

     · Hailey Figure Skating program for girls and boys in grades 1-5 starts today, Friday, Jan. 13 and runs Fridays through Feb. 10. Coach is Diane Dick (721-7117). Beginners meet from 3-3:30 p.m. and intermediate skaters 4-4:30 p.m. Cost is $35 for the five-week sessions.

     · Middle and high school students can join the Hailey Ice Open Skate supervised by Wood River High teacher James Foster (720-5835) Thursdays from 4-5:30 p.m. from Jan. 12-Feb. 9. There is no charge and equipment is available. It includes skating, broomball, ice hockey and curling.

     · Learn to Skate for figure skating and hockey starts Tuesday, Jan. 17 from 3-3:30 p.m. Cost is $25 for four weeks.

     · Special events include the Blaine County Recreation District “Skate Night” today, Friday, Jan. 13 from 5-7 p.m. (free skates and hot cocoa offered); and the Hailey/Bellevue/Woodside Elementary PTA “Skate Night” on Friday, Jan. 20 from 5-7 p.m.

     For more details contact Sarah Benson at 720-3086. Online registration for any of the programs is offered at www.haileyice.org. All kids must be registered and release forms signed before they can participate in the clinics.




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