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Learn to Skate

Learn Hockey Skating

These classes teach the fundamentals of hockey skating to kids who have completed Snowplow Sam 3 or Basic 1. Skaters in this program learn how to maneuver faster and become more agile on the ice.

Proper skating techniques are the primary focus of learn hockey skating, and we teach all elements without a stick or puck. These levels prepare skaters ages 4 to 8 to enter the Jr. Pioneers Hockey pre-team and U8 beginner teams. Ages 9 to 12 can prepare for the full Jr. Pioneers Hockey program.

All skaters must wear helmets and hockey skates. Hockey pads are optional.

Hockey 1

Skaters will learn:

  • to sit on the ice and stand up
  • a proper stance
  • to march forward across the ice
  • a forward two-foot glide
  • dips and squats
  • scooter pushes and T-pushes
  • forward swizzles
  • snowplow stops
  • backward skating

Register online.

Hockey 2

Skaters will learn:

  • a backward stance
  • skating forward using full-strides
  • forward one-foot glides
  • backward hustle
  • backward swizzles
  • glide turns
  • moving snowplow stops

Register online.


$115*/8-week series*

*Coors Fitness Center members, DU faculty/staff, DU students and DU alumni are eligible for a 10 percent discount. Please call 303-871-7728 to request the appropriate coupon code.