By Penny Fox
A chill in the air, the sound of skates carving the ice—is there a better way to enjoy the winter season? From Learn-To-Skate sessions for those just finding their skating legs to participating in adult hockey leagues, being inside a rink is invigorating. From South Charleston to Morgantown, the first-rate ice skating rinks of West Virginia will give you what you’re looking for. Here are our favorites.
Looking for a great place to spend a few hours with friends or family? Visit South Charleston’s own Memorial Ice Arena for some frosty fun. Admission is $8 per person and skates can be rented for $2. If you want to stay all day, you can do that for just $13 per person. Group rates are available, and the rink can be rented by your church or school group most evenings. Parents can sit in the heated waiting area. Other amenities include lockers and an onsite concession stand that sells a variety of snacks. If you’re looking for somewhere to have your next birthday, look no further. You can rent the large party room for a reasonable price. If you have a toddler who you’d like to introduce to the ice, they have a Totcicles program on Friday mornings that includes story time, snacks, and hot chocolate.
Morgantown, West Virginia, is home to the Morgantown Ice Arena, where fun is the name of the game. Adult admission is $5 and kids are $4 with skate rental being $3, so it’s a great deal. Group rates are discounted, and family passes are available. Sundays are specials days at the arena because it’s Family Day. Up to four family members can skate between 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. for $10 without skate rental or $20 with skate rental. Lockers are available, and you and your family can learn to figure skate together by signing up for one of the sessions taught by the Mason-Dixon Figure Skating Club.
The Wheeling Park Memorial Skating Rink in Wheeling, West Virginia, provides fun on the ice from mid-October to mid-March each year. Friends and family can enjoy the public skate times on weekends for just $6.25 per person for kids aged three to 12 and $7.25 for ages 13 and up. You can bring your own skates or rent a pair there for $4. If you love skating but need to improve your skills, you can sign up for private lessons.
Overnight guests of the Greenbrier Resort have complimentary use of the cool new 70-foot by 140-foot ice skating rink that has lights, music, and a great fire pit. Add yourself and watch the fun begin! Don’t have your own skates? No problem because you can rent them there. All ages can enjoy this state-of-the-art facility. Friends of guests can also enjoy the rink for $20 a day plus skate rental, which is $27 for adults and $17 for kids 12 and under.
Canaan Valley may be well known for its skiing and snowboarding, but if you love ice skating, there’s no better place than here. Located in Davis, West Virginia, glide across this covered outdoor ice rink and view the amazing panoramic views of the Allegheny Mountains. If you get cold, you can take a break by the warm outdoor fireplace and enjoy a cup of hot cocoa. If you get there and discover you’ve forgotten something, you can pick it up at the sporting good shop nearby. Two-hour skating is only $7 for adults and $5 for children and seniors. Skate rental is $3.