Top Six Ski Resorts with Ice Skating Rinks

Ice skating is a wonderful winter recreational activity because almost anyone in your family can participate. Many ski resort towns offer ice skating, enhancing your vacation fun after the lifts close.

Besides from some great ski and snowboard action, these resorts offer great ice skating rinks:

Stratton Mountain Resort

This Vermont resort offers free ice skating on the pond in their Village Commons. It is open from approximately 4 to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and select holidays. You can take a break from skating to roast marshmallows by the fire pit, and enjoy some warm hot chocolate at the Mill House in the Village Commons.

Sugar Mountain Resort

Ice skating at this resort in North Carolina is an experience to remember, with its 10,000 square-foot rink. Rates are $15 per every 1 1/2-hour session, but it includes the skate rental. They also offer figure-skating lessons for $15 per group or $50 for a private lesson. After a strenuous skating session, you can find a delicious warm meal inside an adjacent Sugar Mountain Resort Restaurant.

Beech Mountain Resort

Another great North Carolina Resort, this one features a 7,000 square-foot rink in the center of its village. It's $15 for a two-hour session, including skate rental, and children 4 and under are free with a paying adult. There's a nearby arcade and pool table for some post-skating entertainment.

King Pine Ski Area at Purity Spring Resort

This New Hampshire ski area has a great ice-skating deal. Anyone with a valid King Pine lift ticket can skate free at the nearby Tohko Dome ice rink. Otherwise, it will cost you just $4 during the week and $6 on the weekend. Open as late as 10:30 p.m. on the weekends, this is a great choice for some post-skiing fun.

Northstar Resort

This 9,000 square-foot rink is located in California. The best part about this place is that admission is free for everyone. Rentals are just $5, if you forgot your skates. Several fire pits surround the rink for visitors to warm up or watch.

Appalachian Ski Mountain

Located in North Carolina, the Appalachian Ice Area is open three sessions throughout the day, and it closes at 9 p.m. Skating is $14 per session, including a complimentary skate rental. There is a rink-side bonfire for non-skaters to watch the action, and this Zamboni-maintained rink ensures a smooth glide.

Note: I have been ice skating for at least 20 years, and now I greatly enjoy teaching my little boys how to skate.

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Updated Tuesday, Nov 15, 2011