Learn to Skate FAQ
When starting a new sport program, we know there can be a lot of questions. We are here for you! If you don't see the answer to your question below, please contact Kate Nicoll.

What is the mission of the Oval Learn to Skate Program?

The mission of the Basic Skills Program is to provide a goal-oriented program that encourages ice skating at all levels and to enhance the quality of skating skills at these levels.

The objectives of the program are:

  • To provide a fun and safe skating experience for the beginner as well as the more advanced skater
  • To teach correct technique of the simple basic elements
  • To promote health and physical fitness
  • To enable all participants to achieve the skills necessary to either skate for fun the rest of their lives or to move competently into the U.S. Figure Skating, U.S. Speed Skating, or USA Hockey, recreational or competitive structure.

How do I know if my child is ready for skating lessons?

Those who are curious, interested, or eager can start at any time. Come to the Oval, and experience a drop-in class, to see if you or your child would enjoy our learn to skate. Skaters are evaluated by our staff instructors for placement. We provide drop-in classes, 3 week clinics, and a Learn to Skate programs to fit anyone’s needs.

How many classes are in each session?

We provide 7 classes in a 7 week program.

How young can my child be to start skating?

We accept children that can run and are out of diapers, usually children 3+.

Is there a progression plan for my child?

Our progression plan is based off of the USFS Basic Skills format and can be found on our curriculum links.

What do I need to wear to class?

Gloves, pants, and a light jacket are recommended. The rink is kept at 65 degrees year round.

I’m 35 and want to learn to skate – is there a class for me?

We offer Teen/Adult classes with its own curriculum – Teen/Adult Basic Skills 1 – 6. Adults have their own class and instructor and are given instruction based on each individual’s needs within the class.

When you are ready to enroll in the program, please contact the Learn to Skate Manager, Kate Nicoll.
Let her know you need a class level assessment. When you come for the first day of class, Oval staff will set you up with the correct class.

What Figure Skating programs do you have?

We have Ice Shows, Recreational and Competitive Teams, Synchronized skating clinics and class, Private lessons, and USFS Club membership and Freestyle Ice.

May I practice during Public Skate Sessions?

Yes, you may! But there are some rules we’d like you to adhere to while skating during Public Skate in order to respect the public enjoying the session. Learn more >

When are your Ice Show recitals and Competition? What ages and levels can do the ice show?

Our ice shows are in the winter and spring. Both shows allow Learn to Skate skaters to show off their skills alongside national competitors in a production format. Our annual Basic Skills competition is held in March. All ages and levels may be in the show. We also have soloist tryouts leading up to each production for skaters Free Skate 6 and up. Check our main Learn to Skate page for current competition and event schedules.

What are the benefits of joining the Oval Figure Skating Club?

The Oval Figure Skating Club can provide a pipeline for skaters interested in Test Sessions at the upper levels with US Figure Skating. They provide banquets, end of season awards, figure skating clinics, club ice, and members get to participate in Utah Olympic Oval Ice Shows. Visit OFSC website >

Speed skating looks intense! How do I try it out?

Completing our Beginning Learn to Skate classes is recommended to proceed into our Learn to Speed Skate classes and club. Please contact our Speed Skating Manager Mike Kooreman to learn more or go to our speed skating page for classes and times.

When can my child start hockey?

Kids can start hockey after completing the Learn to Skate levels Beginner Basic Levels 1 and 2, or be able to execute elements from these levels. Refer to the curriculum for skate level details. Once you have passed you can move into our Hockey Program headed up by our Hockey Program Manager, Jae Worthen.

We also provide Intermediate and Advanced hockey classes to enhance the hockey skills needed to advance quickly, and a Power Hockey course – a 4-week clinic in the fall for kids getting back into the season.

What if my child doesn’t enjoy skating? Can I get a refund?

No. We do not offer refunds. Fees may be applied to a different program at the Oval.