Embrace Ice Skating in Sunriver and Bend, Oregon
Bend and Sunriver are two excellent winter destinations. The offering of winter activities in Central Oregon are immense. Snow typically falls fast and heavy and visitors get to experience a winter wonderland filled with snow capped Ponderosa pines and fresh powder. In such a winter wonderland, it makes sense that Bend and Sunriver would have a selection of ice skating spots. Whether guests choose to twirl on the ice, casually glide or just kick back with a hot cocoa while the kids play, a trip to the ice skating rink can help cap off any Central Oregon winter getaway.
Seventh Mountain Resort Ice Skating
A destination for all things outdoor recreation, Seventh Mountain Resort acts as a gateway to the beautiful Cascade Lakes Highway, which leads to Oregon’s largest ski resort, Mt. Bachelor. Ice skating has been a tradition at the Seventh Mountain Resort for decades now, with families twirling on an old fashioned pond skating rink, fit with cosmic lights, music and tons of fun themed nights. Due to the popularity of this rink, reservations are typically required to avoid overcrowding the rink. Off the ice, get your skates sharpened by the blademaster technician and even make a stop at the Outfitter Bar or the Hidden Speakeasy for local brews, high end whiskey and wintery cocktails made to warm the soul.
Sunriver Ice Rink in Sunriver Village
When you plan your next visit to Sunriver, check out the Sunriver Ice Arena nestled in the Village. The Arena offers ice skating experiences that will make guests feel like they’ve fallen into their favorite holiday movie. The surrounding Village at Sunriver transforms into a holiday village decorated with twinkly lights and provides guests of all ages with a sense of child-like wonder. Open to skaters without reservations, this rink lends itself to spontaneous trips. Stop by the nearby Goody’s Chocolate and Ice Cream for some sweet hot cocoa, and feel free to enjoy the drink in the viewing area, watching others glide on the ice.
Pavilion Ice Skating Rink in Bend
Located just off Colorado Avenue near the Hayden Homes Amphitheater and the heart of the Old Mill District, the Pavilion is conveniently located for those visiting Bend. While this modern rink has the capability of switching to a roller skating rink in the warmer months, the winter ice skating here takes the throne. Ice skating at the Pavilion is divided into two sections: group and family skate times where casual skaters may glide, and more specific lesson/practice times for figure skating, speed skating and ice hockey. No matter a guest’s skill level, the Pavilion has the perfect time for everyone to practice their style at their own pace. Even curling is welcome on the ice, at specific practice times. Off the ice, check out the Pavilion Cafe for some quick bites and warm drinks.
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Casual Family Weekend in Sunriver
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