What comes to mind when you think of the holidays? Hot chocolate, Christmas trees, and Santa Claus? Those are all good answers, but you need to add one more thing to the list. Ice skating. When the holiday season rolls around, that means it’s time for Elmwood on Ice at Elmwood Park. The park is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. It costs $6 to skate and $2 to rent ice skates. You can also enjoy the ice slide for $3 or purchase all three for $10.
Never been ice skating before? Here are some tips to help you make the most out of your adventure.
Get in Position
You need to begin by getting in the right position. You’ll likely notice that lots of beginners skate standing up straight, but that’s a mistake. You’ll have a hard time balancing if you’re standing completely upright. Bend your needs slightly and shift your weight to the balls of your feet. Your chest and shoulders need to face forward, and your stomach should be tucked in. Then, put your arms out to the side a bit to help you maintain your balance at Elmwood on Ice.
Step, Then Glide
Don’t make the mistake of trying to skate quickly right out the gate. You have to work up to a glide. Start by taking small steps. Make sure your toes are pointed just a bit to the outside when you do this. You will start gliding after a few steps. Bring the skate back to the center when it’s time to push off between glides. Then, push slightly to the outside.
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Learn to Turn
Turning is very important when you’re skating at Elmwood on Ice. Ice rinks are circular after all, so if you can only go straight, you’ll be in some trouble. Use your outside shoulder to turn. If you want to turn left, move your right shoulder to the left, and if you want to turn right, move your left shoulder to the right.
Now you’re ready to fly around the ice on your skates. When you’re done, you’ll be tired and ready to relax. It’s easy to relax when you slide behind the wheel of a new vehicle. Berglund Automotive in Roanoke, Virginia, has a large inventory of vehicles that are ready to go home. See us before your adventure, and we will help you pick out the perfect car, truck, or SUV.