Brigitte’s Favorite Winter Activity: Skating in the Town Park
Skiing is the most obvious winter-time activity in Telluride, but with my three boys we probably skate at the Town Park as much as we ski. I have three little hockey players and whether we are practicing Hockey at the covered, refrigerated, NHL size Hanley Rink in Town Park or free skating at the romantic outdoor rink it is always good exercise and a blast.
The romantic outdoor ice rink in Town Park is the rink that I grew up skating on with my sisters. This natural, non-refrigerated rink is surrounded by Victorian light posts and equipped with warming hut and bathrooms. The outdoor rink opens in mid-December and closes in mid-February, pending weather conditions. The outdoor ice rink and warming hut hours are 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., 7 days per week for public skating. Skates can be rented or sharpened at the Town Park Nordic center.
During the day take in the breath taking mountain surroundings as you skate hand in hand, play tag or race across the ice. In the evening dress warm, bring some hot-cocoa and skate under the stars. The dim light of the lamp posts give the atmosphere of a historic skating pond. Locals and visitors alike enjoy this rink for the beautiful setting day or night. If you are not motivated to skate sit in the warming hut by the fire and watch the local rink rats, like my boys, weave their way around the ice at top speeds occasionally tackling one another into the snow banks.
Day or night skating at the park is one winter time activity not to be missed.
Pictured above are Kai and Kobe Kusuno, Brigitte’s middle and youngest sons.