Lace’Em Up Skating proudly utilizes the Learn to Skate USA program, endorsed by USA Hockey, US Figure Skating and US Speedskating. We teach everything from basic fundamentals to advanced skating skills.
Our Learn to Skate classes are the foundation for recreational and competitive skaters wishing to pursue hockey, figure skating or skating for enjoyment with friends and family.
We offer several lesson formats to ensure each skater can progress at their own pace.
Lace'Em Up Skating offers Learn to Skate at Big Bear Ice Arena for all ages and abilities. Our Learn To Skate curriculum is offered in 45 minute lessons, Monday - Saturday.
Skaters earn level certification through a final skills test at the end of each session. Classes are offered weekly during multiple sessions in the year. Each session runs for 6 weeks. You are welcome to sign up for a 6 session package or drop in weekly. We will offer testing every six weeks.
Our 45 minute Learn to Skate lessons take place Monday - Saturday each week.
Lesson times vary slightly day-to-day, so be sure to check our updated calendar for accurate lesson times.
Lace’Em Up Skating coaches strive to bring you the best-in-class skating programs to the community. All our coaches are passionate about skating and are dedicated to nurturing a culture that supports skating in a fun and friendly environment and challenges everyone to perform at their very best. All programs are taught by our certified coaches.
IMPORTANT: Learn to Skate USA Membership is required for all class participation. Please purchase a Learn to Skate USA membership for July 1st, 2022 through June 30th, 2023.
This affordable membership is a part of the best skating program endorsed by US Figure Skating, USA Hockey, and US Speedskating. This includes access to information, a welcome package, secondary sport accident insurance, and participation in activities associated with Learn to Skate USA.
1. Register with Learn to Skate USA here
2. Register with Lace'Em Up Skating on our registration page. Select 'Create Account' in the upper right corner.
3. Browse our class dates and classpack options.
Purchase a classpack and then book your classes in advance.
Book individual or multiple drop-in classes at a time.
6 - Week Packages
Learn To Skate For The Beginner - Basic 6, Hockey Skating Skills and Adult Classes.
Try our Snowplow Sam 1-4, Basic 1-2 and Adult 1-3 Classes
Snowplow Sam 1-4
Best for Ages 3-5. The Snowplow Sam levels are introductory classes divided into four levels promoting progress to children with no prior skating experience to build confidence while learning the basics of skating. All classes will be taught in a safe, fun and positive environment incorporating games for an enjoyable experience for all. Learn more below.
Best for Ages 6-15. The beginning basics provide a foundation for hockey and figure skating. Basic 1 and 2 are introductory levels that allow new skaters with no prior skating experience to learn how to skate forward and backward with confidence.
Best for Ages 16+. Adult 1, 2, and 3 Curriculum is designed for the beginning adult skater. Participation in our beginning adult class will help promote physical fitness and improve balance and coordination while learning proper skating techniques. Adult skaters will progress at an individual rate while being motivated by our staff and challenged with new skills.
Try our Basic 3-6 and Adult 4-6 Classes.
Best for Ages 6-15. The Basic 3-6 levels develop all of the fundamental skating skills on the ice. Skaters will progress at their own rate and will advance after each skill is mastered. Please complete these levels before entering our team and specialized classes.
Best for Ages 16+. Adult 4, 5, and 6 curriculums are designed for the advanced adult skater. Please complete these levels before entering our team and specialized classes.
Try our Team and Specialized Classes
Pre-Freeskate – Freeskate 6
Recommended for Ages 3+
PREREQUISITE: All skaters must have passed Basic 6 before enrolling in Pre-Freeskate. The Freeskate levels are specialized progressive skating skills, transitions, spins and jumps. All skaters will learn a strong foundation of the Freeskate elements. Our team of instructors will focus on the quality and mastery of skills.
Recommended for Ages 3 +
PREREQUISITE: Skater must have passed Snowplow 1, Basic 1 or Adult 1 before enrolling in our Hockey 1. The Hockey curriculum is designed to teach the fundamentals of hockey skating. No sticks or pucks are used in this class.
Lace’Em Up Skating offers classes for Snowplow Sam 1-4, Basic 1-6, Adult 1-6, Pre-Freeskate-Freeskate 6 and Hockey 1-4 during Learn To Skate class times - Monday through Saturday.
This class it tailored to never before skaters 6 and under and will include off-ice and on-ice instruction.
Please dress your skater appropriately for the conditions inside the ice arena - it can be cold. Layers are best, snow pants are encouraged, gloves or mittens are a must and helmets are required (scooter, bike or skateboard helmets are fine). If your child does not have a helmet that fits, there are some for loan at the rink.
Before taking the ice our certified coaches will check each student for good skate fit and proper lacing.
Students will also learn the basics of skating posture and balance, how to safely fall down and get back up on their own, and marching.
Once students are comfortable in their equipment, they will be taken onto the ice and be taught all the same things on the ice. Our coaches use games and other techniques so students have fun skating while building confidence and skating skills along the way.
If you have any questions about Snow Plow Sam lessons, please contact us.
Introductory Snow Plow Sam lessons are offered for 30 minutes prior to standard Learn to Skate lessons.
Please check the calendar for up-to-date lesson times.
Absolutely! Adults of all skill levels are welcome. We group adults together to work with a coach and learn new skills in a fun environment.
We welcome all new skaters at our Learn to Skate general sessions. Groups are assigned on the ice. Beginners skate with other beginners. Many parents arrange one or two private lessons to help their child build confidence before joining a group. You can call or email us to schedule those at any time.
Learn to Skate groups may be as large as 12 or as small as 3, depending on the session. Weekday and summer sessions often have smaller groups. We give personal attention to each skater regardless of group size.
Group lessons focus on having fun and building the basic skills that are common to all ice skating (recreational, hockey, and figure skating). For skaters who want to develop in a specific area, we recommend scheduling a private lesson.
Our rink is very cold because it is also used for hockey. Please dress yourself and your child as you would for 30-40 degree outdoor weather. At minimum this should include warm waterproof mittens, parka, socks that are at least calf-high, and a helmet. For younger skaters, we also recommend snow-pants.
We strongly recommend helmets for all skaters. Ski or skateboard helmets are best, but bike helmets also work well. Unfortunately, helmet rentals are not available.
Skate rental is available at the rink. Lesson rentals currently are $3.00 per skater.
Skaters of all ages and skating abilities are welcome to take private figure skating or hockey skills lessons. Taking private lessons from our team of skilled professionals will allow you to improve your skating skills at your own pace. We are here to help you achieve your goals!
Scheduling a Private Lesson
All private lessons are scheduled in advance through Jill Mintz-Hodyl with one of our Lace’Em Up Team Coaches. Private lessons are $90/hr. The private lesson fee does not include ice time. We schedule 60-minute lessons. Before scheduling your private lessons, please go to https://www.bigbearice.com and set up an account on the Big Bear Website. Login and book your freestyle ice time in advance prior to scheduling a private lesson. All private lessons must be done in your own figure skates. No hockey skates or rental skates allowed during a private lesson scheduled on freestyle ice.
We highly encourage all of our skaters to spend time practicing outside of class to continue building skills. Check out the public session’s days and time on the Big Bear Website to reserve your public sessions or freestyle ice time. Go to https://www.bigbearice.com.