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Madison Parks offers group ice skating lessons for beginners of all ages at our premier outdoor skating rinks at Elver and Tenney parks. These 'Learn to Skate' classes offer a fun way to stay active in the winter months as you improve your confidence and ability on the ice and learn basic skater safety. All of our experienced instructors have completed basic skills training through the US Figure Skating Association or the International Skating Institute of America. The natural beauty of our outdoor ice rinks make them a unique and beautiful setting in which to learn to skate but please be aware that classes will be held outdoors.

Class Descriptions

Snowplow Sam (ages 3-5)

This program is for pre-school beginners who have never skated.  Snowplow Sam is a progression of three classes designed to teach the fundamentals of skating to children with little or no skating experience. Skaters will learn basic balance and skating skills in an age appropriate and fun environment. 

Snowplow Sam 1

  • Sit and stand with skates on
  • Marching & gliding on two feet

Snowplow Sam 2- At this level the child must be able to march across the rink and be able to fall and get up without assistance.

  • Long glides
  • Forward & backward swizzles

Snowplow Sam 3- At this level the child should be able to glide across the ice.

  • Forward skating
  • Stopping & curves


Basic 1 & 2 (ages 6-14)

If a child is skating (or taking lessons) for the first time, the student should register for the Basic 1 class level. If child has been on the ice before, it may be appropriate for them to register for Basic 2.

Basic 1

  • Proper techniques to fall & get up
  • Marching
  • Two foot glides & stops

Basic 2

  • Backward skating
  • One foot glides
  • Two foot turns & snowplow stops

Adult Lessons (ages 14+)

Adult Beginner (ages 14 and up):

This class will introduces the basic fundamentals of ice skating for those who have who have never skated or have very little experience.

Adult Intermediate (ages 14 and up):  

For the teen or adult skater who has some comfort on the ice.  Focuses on  the correct ways to skate including forward and backward skating.

  • All classes will be held outdoors at Tenney Park and Elver Park ice rinks.
  • Free Skate rental during lessons from Madison Parks.
  • All classes are 7 weeks long.
  • Classes at Elver and Tenney Parks start the week of January 6, 2014. (weather permitting)


Class registration will begin Monday, December 9, 2013.   All classes are 30 minutes long and held once a week.

tenney park, 402 n. thornton ave
elver park, 1250 mckenna blvd
Snowplow Sam 1
5:30 PM
5:30 PM
5:30 PM
5:30 PM
Snowplow Sam 2
6:05 PM
6:05 PM
Snowplow Sam 3
6:45 PM
6:45 PM
Basic 1  
6:05 PM
6:05 PM
Basic 2  
6:45 PM
6:45 PM
Adult Beginner
7:20 PM
7:20 PM
Adult Intermediate  
7:20 PM
7:20 PM

Registration & Fees

To register, call (608) 266-4711.

Classes are $55/participant for a 7-week session.

QUESTIONS?  Contact the Madison Parks Division at (608) 266-4711


What to Wear

Please note that these classes take place outside and winter weather can be unpredictable. All students should wear gloves or mittens and wear appropriate and warm flexible clothing that allows for movement. Warming shelters are available at each of the rinks for use before and afterwards, but the actual skating class will take place outside on the ice.

We also strongly recommend that all beginning skaters wear a helmet and snowpants.

Weather/cancellation Notice & make up classes

Please be aware that winter weather is unpredictable and out of our control. Weather conditions may prevent us from having lessons. If more than two classes are cancelled due to weather, you will receive a pro-rated refund.