PLACES: Stumptown Ice Den

By Beacon Staff

With the weather outside varying widely, it can be difficult to count on consistency for outdoor activities. The Stumptown Ice Den is the perfect place to let your skates fly across the ice no matter what the weather outside is doing.

The NHL regulation rink offers ample opportunities for open skating under a protective pavilion roof on well-groomed ice. Open skating times earlier in the day draw fewer people, giving youngsters and beginners more space to practice. Friday and Saturday evenings are much more popular.

Rental skates are available at a low price, making it an affordable outing for families of any size. Skate sharpening is also available.

For the serious skater, or those interested in playing hockey, the rink hosts adult drop-in hockey as well as private and group skating lessons, youth hockey, league hockey and is home to the Whitefish Figure Skating Club. Although the Whitefish Skating Academy’s Learn to Skate sessions are under way, newcomers can join at any point.

For something a little different, grab a brush and hit the ice with your sliders. The Whitefish Curling Club meets every Friday night at 9:45.

A full Ice Den calendar and more information on hockey, curling, figure skating and events is available at or call (406) 863-2477.

How to get there: From downtown Whitefish, go north on Baker Avenue and take the bridge over the train tracks. Baker becomes Wisconsin Avenue. Turn right (east) on Denver Street. Take next left (north) on Colorado Avenue. The parking for Stumptown Ice Den is on the left.

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