State of Alaska | Matt Hage

Ice Skating & Hockey

Show off your moves at one of Anchorage's many ice rinks. Whether you prefer speed, the salchow or the slapshot, outdoor or indoor, Anchorage has something for all skaters.

Westchester Lagoon is the perfect place for a social skate straight out of Rockwell. Families and friends cluster around the warming barrels in between skating sessions. Special events add live music and toasty drinks to the mix.

Aspiring hockey players can drop the puck on a pickup game at one of Anchorage’s many indoor rinks, or test their skills outside on ice at Mulcahy or Delaney parks. Future superstars should know that hometown NHL hero Scott Gomez honed his skills on the outdoor ice at Tikishla Park. Want to see some of the best in action? The pro Alaska Aces and collegiate UAA Seawolves hockey teams play top-flight hockey all winter long.

Whip around the 400-meter speed skating oval at Cuddy Family Park in midtown Anchorage, one of only a handful of full-size outdoor speed skating tracks in the United States. For short track action, head to the O'Malley Sports Complex in south Anchorage.

Ice on Southcentral Alaska lakes is usually thick enough by mid-November or early December, and several are hot-mopped by the city. The Municipality of Anchorage reports on the status of maintained outdoor rinks and ponds throughout the season. So lace ‘em up!