Where to Ice Skate In South Lake Tahoe

Ice skating is a beloved winter activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. In South Lake Tahoe, located in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, there are several options for taking to the ice. From outdoor rinks to indoor arenas, there’s a venue for everyone. Whether you’re an experienced skater or a beginner, you’ll find that ice skating in South Lake Tahoe is a fun and exciting way to spend a cold winter day. Read on and we’ll take a look at some of the best places to ice skate in South Lake Tahoe.

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1. Heavenly Village Ice Rink

Heavenly Village is a staple for visitors to South Lake Tahoe and there’s been an outdoor ice skating rink there for years! Run by a local family, this rink is family-friendly and affordable at $20 for those over 12 years old and $15 for those under 12 for 2 hours of skating.

We love that this ice rink has plenty of seating for watchers and many options for a warm drink nearby.

If you are bringing a little one or someone new to skating there is no buckets to hold onto, just the walls. This is an excellent option for a session or two.

Address: 1001 Heavenly Village Way South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Edgewood Lake Tahoe

Tucked away at the luxurious Edgewood Tahoe is a small outdoor ice rink open to the public. The Edgewood Tahoe ice rink is open from November to March and is a good size. Lights swing above the rink and the Edgewood pipes in music for skaters.

If you are an Edgewood Guest, skate rentals are $15 for children and 25 for adults. The public can skate for $25 per child and $35 for adults. Skaters that bring their own skates get a $5 discount.

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Edgewood on Ice photo by Brian Walker

Note: the rink is closed 6:30 – 7:00 PM nightly for resurfacing, and the latest ticket purchase is at 9:00 PM.

Address: 180 Lake Pkwy Stateline, NV 89449

The South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena

South Lake Tahoe has a lovely ice arena in the middle of the city center! The facility is spotless and has the only NHL-sized rink to ice skate at in South Lake Tahoe. The Ice Arena has plenty of parking and sessions that don’t feel crowded.

Adults are $20.00 with skate rental and $16.00 if you bring your own skates. Children are $10.00 (age 8 and under) with skate rental or bring your own skates.  Lil’ Children (age 0-3) are free with paying adults.

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For kids or new skaters, the South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena has metal frames for balance for $10 additional charge. The South Lake Ice Arena also offers birthday party packages and ice skating lessons, making it the only ice skating venue in South Lake to do so.

Address: 1176 Rufus Allen Blvd South Lake Tahoe, CA 96152

Wild Ice

You can also find natural ice skating rinks (known as wild ice) on some of the frozen lakes in the area, such as Echo Lake, Fallen Leaf Lake, and Sawmill Pond. However, it is important to use caution when skating on natural ice, as the thickness and stability of the ice can vary.

It is always a good idea to check the ice conditions before skating on a lake and Reddit has communities that track ice thickness to help!

2. Tips for Lake Tahoe Ice Skating Safety

Get the Proper Fit - Lace your skates tight enough to keep your foot snug in the back, but not cutting off circulation. Wear thin socks and skip the toe-numbing sprays.

Fall Safely - If you feel yourself losing control, crouch low and fall to the knees and hands to avoid injury. Try to keep your hands off the ice.

Seek Help - Use skating aids, take lessons, and hold the wall until stable. Skate during open sessions to avoid fast skaters.

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