Take a break from skiing, sledding, or boarding and lace up a pair of ice skates on your next trip to Lake Tahoe.
There are several ice rinks in the Tahoe area for both beginner and advanced skaters, as well as a few lakes and rivers that will freeze solid when the night temperatures dip into the teens. Have fun!
The outdoor ice rink at Heavenly.(Courtesy of Tahoe South)
The Best Ice Rinks in Lake Tahoe
Heavenly Village Ice Rink
The South Shore's only outdoor ice rink, Heavenly's skating rink is decorated with twinkle lights and sparkling snowflakes. Located right in the resort's village, it's open daily November through Easter. Admission is $20 for adults and $15 for kids, with $5 off if you BYO skates. // theshopsatheavenly.com
Northstar California Ice Rink
Northstar's 9,000 square foot skating rink is open daily in the wintertime, weather permitting. Access is free if you bring your own skates. Need a pair? Rentals are $20 (helmets are free). It's located right in the middle of the Village at Northstar and is surrounded by lounge chairs, fire pits, bars and restaurants. // northstarcalifornia.com
Edgewood on Ice
In December 2020, Edgewood's 4,600-square feet rink, once only accessible to resort guests, opened to the public. Take advantage of mountain and resort views from the rink, which is open daily from 4:30pm to 6:30pm and 7pm to 9pm. Adult admission is $25 for hotel guests and $35 for non-guests. Children's passes are $15-$20; all entry includes skate rentals. // edgewoodtahoe.com
South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena
Mostly unknown to visitors, this regulation-size, year-round indoor ice rink is perfect for more advanced skaters and ice hockey enthusiasts—it's home to the award winning Tahoe Grizzlies youth team. It's open daily for lessons, games, and public skating. Night skating with music is offered on weekends. The cost is between $8-$17 for a pass with rentals; adults will pay $14 if they have their own skates. The arena also has skate-sharpening services, a snack area, and lockers. Check the schedule for daily public skate sessions. // tahoearena.co
Frozen Lake Ice Skating in Tahoe
Have you always dreamed of ice skating alfresco on a real frozen lake? There's a Facebook page for that. It's updated by Truckee and Tahoe locals who know the best lakes for skating.
Lake Tahoe never freezes, but several smaller lakes in the area do. When venturing out on the ice of a frozen lake, take precaution and do not go out onto a lake where you don't know the depth, or where there is signage noting restrictions. It's not recommended to ice skate on the deep Donner Lake as several people have fallen through the ice.
When checking out a frozen lake, walk around the perimeter and look at the ice. To support your weight, the ice needs to be about four to six inches thick. If the ground around a lake is frozen, it is a good indication that it has been cold in the area recently and the ice is likely to be more stable. Ask friends and people who ice skate in the area to recommend safe places to skate, and if you notice skating marks on the ice, other people have been on the ice. If you don't feel comfortable, stick to the edges of the shoreline, and never skate alone.