Learn to Skate (LTS)

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By Phone: 651-450-2480  • In-Person at VMCC Guest Services

  1. Find Your Skate Level 
  2. LTS Details
  3. Open Skate Schedule
  4. Spring Ice Show

Find the Right Level for You or Your Child

All classes are progressive and students must have passed the previous level in order to advance. 

  • These descriptions are a general guideline to help register yourself or your participant for the appropriate class. 
  • Participants at all levels will be evaluated the first day of lessons and may move up or down a level depending on the skill level at any time during the session.

Preschool Skating (ages 3-6)

Youth Skating (ages 6+)

The Tot levels (also called Snowplow Sam) are introductory classes divided into four progressive levels (1-4) allowing children with no prior skating experience to build confidence while learning the basic skills of skating. These classes are designed to help children develop the ABCs of movement – Agility, Balance, Coordination and speed.

These levels are progressive, new skaters should begin in level 1.

  • Snowplow Sam 1
  • Snowplow Sam 2
  • Snowplow Sam 3
  • Snowplow Sam 4
  • Basic 1 (ages 7+)No prior skating experience. This class teaches basic skills of skating.
  • Basic 2: This introductory level allows new skaters with no prior skating experience to build confidence while learning to skate. Prerequisite: Skaters must be 7 or older and have passed Basic 1.
  • Basic 3: This level focuses on learning the ABCs of basic athleticism: agility, balance, coordination and speed. Upon completion of these levels, skaters will be able to confidently advance to more specialized areas of skating.
  • Basic 4: This level focuses on learning the ABCs of basic athleticism: agility, balance, coordination and speed. Upon completion of these levels, skaters will be able to confidently advance to more specialized areas of skating.
  • Basic 5: This level focuses on learning the ABCs of basic athleticism: agility, balance, coordination and speed. Upon completion of these levels, skaters will be able to confidently advance to more specialized areas of skating.
  • Basic 6 and higher: These levels are figure skating- oriented classes. Basic 6 begins teaching simple jumps and figure skating moves. These levels progressively build up to more advance spins, jumps and glides.


Freestyle

Youth Hockey

Adult

These are specialty classes designed for freestyle skaters. 

  • Edge Class: Designed for hockey players, figure skaters and any Basic 3 and up skater who wants to really get ahead and learn edge work, power and how to be a better skater.
  • Jump & Spin: Designed for skaters Snowplow 3 and Basic 2 or higher. Learn the fundamentals of jumps and spins.
  • Off Ice Figure Skating Technique: Learn figure skating skills on the floor! Learn fun jumps and spins, balance on spinners, jump rope and learn stretches to show off your flexibility on ice! This is a great class to build coordination and perfect your body placement for each move.

These are specialty classes designed for hockey players. Helmets, shin and elbow pads required for all hockey classes. Sticks and pucks will not be used.

  • Beginning Hockey (Mini-mite Power Skating) (ages 4-6): This class is designed to be a continuation of the hockey association Mini-Mite programs. Focus will be on skating fast, building coordination and developing age appropriate edge quality. This level is designed for those able to support themselves ages 3 and up. No sticks or pucks. This class is not in partnership with local hockey association. Prerequisite: Must have passed Snowplow Sam 3 or Basic 2. 
  • Hockey Skating Skills (ages 4+): The hockey curriculum is designed to teach the fundamentals of hockey skating. Skaters will learn the basic hockey stance, stride, knee bend, use of edges and other necessary fundamentals to be successful in hockey practices and game situations. All elements will be taught without pads, a stick or puck. Prerequisite: Skaters must have passed Snowplow Sam 3 or Basic 2.
  • Edge Class: Designed for hockey players, figure skaters and any Basic 3 and up skater who wants to really get ahead and learn edge work, power and how to be a better skater.

It's never too late to learn how to skate! It is a valuable skill which also provides a great workout. These courses are designed for beginners and experienced adult skaters who wish to improve their skating skills.

Adult Fall Session: Oct. 25-Dec. 13 (ages 13+)

Adult Fall Session: Oct. 30-Dec. 18 (ages 13+)

Questions? Call us to learn how to get started!

651-450-2480