On Frozen Pond

Long before indoor rinks and Zambonis, hockey was played under open skies. Tap into the fresh-air tradition on North America's best outdoor ice.

Jan 1, 2006
Outside Magazine
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Wollman Rink, New York, NY Located in Central Park, Wollman is a Big Apple tradition, and now it's even cooler, with new Wednesday-night adult pond-hockey classes. www.wollmanskatingrink.com // Laurn Grove Park, Hancock, MI Former Olympian Paul Coppo played at this lighted rink, where neighborhood kids still skate until the wee hours. www.cityofhancock.com // McLaughlin Pond, Colorado Springs, CO Tree-shaded McLaughlin is on private property a three-minute walk from the Broadmoor Hotel. You'll find nets on the ice and regular pickup games. www.broadmoor.com // Elmhurst YMCA, Elmhurst, IL An Elmhurst fixture since the sixties, the Y rink offers coed novice hockey classes and an all-outdoor adult league. www.elmhurstymca.org // Côte St.-Luc, Montreal, Quebec The rink behind Samuel Moskovitch Arena is one of the few outdoor rinks with a roof. Three words: No shovels required! 6985 Mackle Road. // Winter Lodge, Palo Alto, CA Built in 1956, Winter Lodge was the first permanent outdoor ice rink west of the Sierra. Look for 50th-anniversary events this winter. www.winterlodge.com // Lower Chester Park, Duluth, MN The only refrigerated sheet of outdoor ice in the city, this neighborhood rink even has its own resurfacing machine. www.ci.duluth.mn.us // Riverfront Park Ice Palace, Spokane, WA From October to March, the Ice Palace hosts six-week learn-to-skate and learn-to-play classes for just $55. www.spokaneriverfrontpark.com // Dollar Lake, Eagle River, WI Hundreds of would-be Gretzkys will descend on Dollar Lake for the first annual U.S. 4-on-4 Pond Hockey Championship, February 17–19. www.eagleriver.org // Darex Family Ice Rink, Ashland, OR This low-key venue has regular pickup games and $2 skate rentals. www.ashland.or.us

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