Regardless of the frigid temperatures, St. Louis isn’t precisely a Winter Olympics coaching mecca. Even after we hosted the Video games in late summer time 1904, there was a lot of room for enchancment: Swimmers competed in a brief pond at Skinker and Wydown boulevards, and at the least one marathoner infamously fueled himself with strychnine.
Regardless of. We are able to dare to dream large Olympic desires.
The Winter Olympics kick off Feb. 4 with the opening ceremony in Beijing, the primary metropolis to host each the Winter and Summer season Video games. Nevertheless it’s straightforward to get within the spirit right here in St. Louis.
Take time to pose on the interlocking Olympic rings sculpture, put in in 2018 on the Washington College campus to mark the location of a historic stadium the place athletes competed in 1904.
Or verify in with two winter sports activities venues: Steinberg Skating Rink in Forest Park, which can see some large adjustments within the close to future, and Hidden Valley ski resort, which is adapting through the pandemic.
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Steinberg Skating Rink
The Midwest’s largest outside ice rink opened for its sixty fourth season simply earlier than Thanksgiving, and hundreds of skaters will glide throughout its 27,600-square-foot floor into March.
Virginia-based Rink Administration Companies Corp., the biggest operator of ice skating services within the nation, took over operations of the town’s rink this season. Steinberg’s earlier longtime supervisor, Anne Kasal, died unexpectedly final spring.
The brand new administration means some adjustments, together with the addition of a web based reservation system and a digital system that enables clients to pay admission and skate rental charges utilizing a bank card; Steinberg had been notoriously cash-only. Coming subsequent season, new skates will likely be obtainable for lease.
Via mid-January, bumper automobiles had been obtainable for riders at one finish of the rink. And on the concessions stand, extra recent gadgets have been added to the menu.
Sean Boehm, a rink supervisor, says patrons have informed him they really feel protected skating outside at Steinberg through the pandemic.
“Having our facility outside is superior throughout COVID, as a result of transmission isn’t as large of an issue,” he says. “We’ve our outside fireplace pit if individuals don’t need to be on the ice and so they need to hang around someplace else exterior. For the individuals who aren’t as nervous, now we have the indoor space, which can be heated.”
For aspiring skaters who need to increase their possibilities at Olympic gold, common classes can be found for kids and adults.
Steinberg Skating Rink might look a lot totally different inside a few years. As a part of the Forest Park Grasp Plan, Forest Park Eternally and the town of St. Louis purpose to remodel the rink right into a year-round attraction. Prior to now, the rink has provided shuffleboard, curler skating and sand volleyball within the hotter months; a survey consists of potential additions reminiscent of a beer backyard, climbing wall, mini golf, curler hockey, and occasions reminiscent of festivals, markets, outside films and concert events.
Development wouldn’t begin till 2024, says Frank Kartmann, senior vp of park operations for Forest Park Eternally.
“It’s in want of so much renovation and enhancements,” he says of the ability, which was inbuilt 1957. “We’re wrapping that every one up into each the mixture of renovation and reimagining that facility for that four-season, year-round exercise.”
St. Louisans can weigh in on the surveys — and be entered to win an Amazon present card — at forestparkforever.org/steinberg.
Guests to Hidden Valley resort in Wildwood could be impressed by the athletes on the Winter Olympics, and basic supervisor Brandon Swartz is glad to advertise consciousness of winter sports activities.
“Individuals say, ‘Hey, possibly I’ll verify that out,'” he says. “I do imagine we see bump in individuals coming and experiencing what now we have to supply due to the Olympics.”
Along with snowboarding, the resort affords snowboarding (known as “using” by these within the know) and tubing down a 14-lane polar plunge, with a walk-on conveyer belt to take you and the tube again to the highest of the hill.
If even that feels like an excessive amount of of an athletic endeavor, Olympics protection possible will likely be enjoying on TV within the lounge, the place you possibly can seize a heat or chilly one and cheer for Crew USA. On Saturday nights this season, bands will play exterior as a part of the As much as Snow Good reside music sequence.
Latest years have introduced adjustments to Hidden Valley. In 2019, Vail Resorts purchased the corporate that beforehand owned the resort. In 2019, Hidden Valley opened a zipper line for summer time use and opened climbing trails to the general public.
The pandemic arrived simply after the resort had closed for the season in March 2020. The zip line and trails closed that summer time and reopened in 2021. The paths are distinctive in that guests can experience a ski carry to the highest after which hike again down.
After a delay brought on by unseasonably heat climate, Hidden Valley opened for the season in January.
Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required for indoor eating, and masks are required in indoor areas. However many of the exercise at Hidden Valley takes place outside, making it a vacation spot for individuals who have felt pent up through the pandemic.
“Being exterior and having fun with snowboarding, using and tubing is such a good way to do it — to expertise issues in a COVID-safe setting,” Swartz says. “I recurrently discuss with visitors who’re visiting who say, ‘I heard from buddies, I noticed it on social, I all the time wished to go test it out.’”
The resort affords classes for newcomers and superior skiers and riders, in addition to group classes for girls. A partnership with the Gateway Disabled Ski Program makes snow sports activities accessible to individuals with bodily and different disabilities.
And whereas Hidden Valley hasn’t but despatched anybody to the Winter Olympics, the Hidden Valley Ski Crew affords coaching and aggressive applications for ages 5-19.
“One of many issues we’re actually obsessed with is popping non-skiers and riders into skiers and riders,” Swartz says. “Simply getting individuals out right here to appreciate what a cool sport and place that is — and it’s proper right here in our yard. It’s a hidden gem of St. Louis.”
The place Steinberg Skating Rink, 400 Jefferson Drive, Forest Park • Hours 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, 1-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday • How a lot $10 admission, $5 skate rental • Extra information 314-502-4845; steinbergrink.com
The place Hidden Valley, 17409 Hidden Valley Drive, Eureka • Hours 5-9 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 1-9 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday • How a lot Costs differ; proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for indoor eating • Extra information hiddenvalleyski.com
Able to hit the ice? Here is your information to St. Louis-area rinks
Centene Neighborhood Ice Middle
Maryland Heights is residence to the shiny, new Centene Neighborhood Ice Middle, which has three indoor rinks and an out of doors skating enviornment known as the Barn. The rink opened in 2019 and may host hockey, skating and reside leisure. Pre-registration is beneficial however not required.
The place 750 On line casino Middle Drive Maryland Heights • Hours 7 a.m.-11 p.m. day by day, with public classes obtainable • How a lot $8, $7 if you happen to preregister on-line, $5 for Maryland Heights residents with parks and recreation key tag; skate rental is $4, $3 for Maryland Heights residents • Extra information centenecommunityicecenter.com
Steinberg Skating Rink
The biggest outside skating rink within the Midwest, Steinberg has been a St. Louis staple for greater than 60 years. The power additionally has a firepit and café.
The place 400 Jefferson Drive, Forest Park • Hours 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, 1-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 1-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday • How a lot $10; skate rental is $5 • Extra information steinbergrink.com
Brentwood Ice Rink
The rink affords skating classes, social gathering packages, grownup hockey and public skating. The rink is residence to the St. Louis Skating Membership for determine skating.
The place 2505 South Brentwood Boulevard, Brentwood • Hours Test web site for skating schedules • How a lot $6, $4 for Brentwood residents, free for ages 3 and underneath, skate rental $2 • Extra information brentwoodmo.org
Creve Coeur Ice Rink
Creve Coeur retains skaters on the ice year-round, not simply in winter. The rink affords stick-and-puck, events, skating classes and public classes. You can too discover curling there with the St. Louis Curling Membership.
The place 11400 Olde Cabin Street, Creve Coeur • Hours Test web site for skating schedules • How a lot $6, $4 for Creve Coeur or Maryland Heights residents; $2 skate rental; determine skaters pay $5 for a half-hour, stick-and-puck is $7 per particular person, and gamers should provide helmet, gloves and stick • Extra information creve-coeur.org/131/Creve-Coeur-Ice-Area
Maryville College Hockey Middle
Hockey reigns supreme on the Maryville College Hockey Middle, which was closed for public classes final season however open for the 2021-2022 season. Celebration leases can be found.
The place 18383 Chesterfield Airport Street, Chesterfield • Hours Test web site for session availability • How a lot $5; skate rental $2, $10 for stick and puck classes, $10 for determine skating classes• Extra information maryvilleuhc.com
Wentzville Ice Area
Wentzville Ice Area hosts totally different choices to get on the ice: public skates, drop-in hockey, stick-and-puck and a freestyle skate. Dad and mom can skate free with a paying baby in Wee and Me classes for $5 per baby. Occasion packages can be found.
Granite Metropolis Ice Rink
This ice rink, situated in Wilson Park, is residence to the Granite Metropolis Warriors Hockey Crew, Twin Bridges Lightning and lots of different hockey golf equipment. It affords public skate classes on the weekends, in addition to stick-and-puck classes and drop-in grownup hockey tournaments. It was closed for the 2020-21 season.
James J. Eagan Civic Middle
The James J. Eagan Civic Middle, situated in Florissant, affords public skate classes and stick-and-puck in its outside (however lined) enviornment. Determine skaters can exhibit their expertise within the heart of the ice.
The place 1 James J. Eagan Drive, Florissant • Hours Public skate hours are 7-9 p.m. Wednesday and Friday; 1:30-3:30 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Saturday; 2-4 p.m. Sunday • How a lot $5, $3 for residents; $4 for ages 4-17, $2 for residents; free for ages 3 and youthful • Extra information florissantmo.com/subject/index.php?topicid=21
McKendree Metro RecPlex
With two ice rinks, McKendree Metro RecPlex has room for skaters in addition to for concert events and different occasions. The power affords memberships so guests can benefit from the ice enviornment and its different services.
The place 205 Rec Plex Drive, O’Fallon, Illinois • Hours verify web site for public session schedules • How a lot $15, $10 for ages 17 and underneath, $5 skate rental • Extra information metrorecplex.com/ice
Kennedy Ice Rink
Kennedy Ice Rink in St. Louis County has area for any skaters able to get again on the ice. Kennedy affords public skating and ice skating classes and hosts hockey video games.
St. Peters Rec-Plex
St. Peters Rec-Plex homes two buildings: Rec-Plex North, which has one ice rink, and Rec-Plex South, which has two. Rec-Plex South hosts hockey video games and is obtainable to lease, whereas North is residence to hockey applications, the determine skating program and public classes.
The place 5200 Mexico Street, St. Peters • Hours 5 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 5 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday; public skating session instances differ • How a lot $8-$10, $6-$8 for 18 and youthful and seniors; skate leases are $3.50 • Extra information stpetersmo.internet/st-peters-rec-plex.aspx
Kirkwood Ice Rink
Kirkwood Ice Rink is the place NHL Corridor-of-Famer Pat LaFontaine began skating. The rink has additionally seen Olympic determine skaters and velocity skaters hone their expertise on its ice. Masks are extremely beneficial on the ice.
The place 111 South Geyer Street, Kirkwood • Hours verify web site for public skating classes • How a lot $5, $4 for Kirkwood residents; skate rental is $2 • Extra information kirkwoodparksandrec.org
Queeny Park Ice Rink
Queeny Park in St. Louis County is closed for renovations and can open in early summer time 2022.
Webster Groves Ice Rink
Webster Groves Ice Rink goes past public skating classes with grownup scrimmages, stick-and-puck, coaching classes and the possibility to lease the rink for a recreation of broomball. For these feeling a bit groovy, there are cosmic skating classes on Friday and Saturday nights.
The place 33 East Glendale Street, Webster Groves • Hours verify web site for public skating classes • How a lot $6, $4 for seniors; $4.50 for residents, $3 for seniors; skate rental is $2; cosmic skate night time is $8 • Extra information webstergroves.org/197/Ice-Area
Pacific Ice Rink
Pacific Ice Rink is a part of the Chesterfield Hockey Affiliation, as is the Maryville College Hockey Middle. It affords public skate classes, stick-and-puck classes and grownup drop-in hockey video games, in addition to freestyle determine skating classes. Masks are required off the ice.
The place 460 Indian Warpath Drive, Pacific • Hours public skate classes held 6:45-8:15 p.m. Fridays, verify web site for different hours • How a lot $5 for public classes; grownup drop-in hockey classes are $15, stick-and-puck and freestyle determine skating classes are $10 • Extra information pacificicerink.com
Shaw Park, a well-liked outside skating venue that first opened in 1961, is closed whereas the ability awaits a significant renovation. Development has been placed on maintain and the Clayton Neighborhood Basis is looking for donations for the mission.
Loading Dock Ice Rink
The ice rink on the Loading Dock is a component of a bigger leisure venue that features a restaurant, in a single day lodging and beautiful river views. You possibly can lease the rink and a heated tent for personal events.
The place 401 East Entrance Road, Grafton • When 5-10 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Sunday • How a lot all day skate go $10.50, skate rental $5 • Extra information graftonloadingdock.com/ice-rink
East Alton Ice Rink
This rink affords restricted public skate classes however does supply classes, grownup and youth drop-in stick and puck classes, and a novel probability to attend “zamboni faculty.” January’s zamboni faculty will likely be held Jan. 29.
The place 631 Lewis and Clark Boulevard, East Alton • When 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday; verify website for public skating session instances • How a lot $5-$6 for public skate classes, $3 skate rental • Extra information fb.com/eastaltonicearena