Alpine ski resorts with cool ice rinks

Newsroom Resort Features Alpine ski resorts with cool ice rinks

Ski holidays aren’t all about the slopes for every member of your family or group, right? Plenty of ski resorts have indoor and outdoor icerinks, for those who don’t want a break from downhill gradients. However, there are a few rinks with a little something extra. Check out OnTheSnow’s favourite ice-rinks in the mountains of Austria, France, USA and Canada. So, if you’re staying at home or crossing the pond, you’re covered when skating is on the agenda.

Nassfeld, Carinthina, Austria

For the best natural ice-skating, Carinthia is hard to beat. The ruggedly beautiful Lake Weissensee, surrounded by jagged peaks, has a special atmosphere that draws hordes of people. Lucky then that it’s huge. The closest skiing the small resort of Weissensee, but a free bus ride away is Carinthia’s largest ski resort, Nassfeld.

At 6.5 km2, the lake is the largest natural ice-skating area in Europe. It’s thick too – up to 40cm – and can carry horse-drawn carriages. The lake is separated into rinks for curling, cross-country skiing and an ice golf course. Best of all, it’s open all season.

Skating at Nasssfield
There’s nothing quite like skating on the natural ice of Lake Weissensee in Carinthia. Credit: Spielplatz der Natur

Megève, France

Megève has everything you could want in a resort and more, and sitting pretty in the middle of its quaint square, is a cute outdoor ice-rink. With a bar close by and plenty of shops, restaurants and a cinema showing French films, you’ll feel as though you’re starring in your own movie set.

The rink is open daily from 2pm until 8pm. On Tuesday evenings the rink has ice hockey taster sessions with children from Megève’s hockey team, open to all.

Beaver Creek, Colorado

Set against a fairy-tale backdrop, Leon Black Family Ice Rink is a magical ice rink with plenty of character. The rink offers exciting weekly themed skating events, from the colourful American Juke Box Skate Night to the accessible Family Night, and serves as the focal point in a pretty village that is full of traditional architecture.

The rink is surrounded by restaurants, shopping and lodging options and there are several fire pits around the ice rink where visitors can warm up with friends. There are also some rather nice rink-side couches to get comfortable.

The ice rink is open daily during the winter season.

Beaver Creek skating
Skating at Beaver Creek’s village ice rink is magical. Credit: Cody Downard

Les Houches, France

Uncrowded, pretty, and located just 6km from Chamonix, Les Houches is a delightful ski resort. It’s best suited to beginner and intermediate level skiers; we rate the learner’s area at the top of the Prarion telecabin.

The ice rink is situated in the centre of the village and is open throughout the winter season – from late December to the end of March. Take advantage of the cosy coffee shop on the rink-side, which serves excellent hot chocolate. So grab a pew and take in all of the fast-paced action on the ice.

Sun Valley, Idaho

Offering gorgeous views of the valley, the aptly named Sun Valley Outdoor Ice Rink attracts skaters of the highest calibre. The rink is famed for its Sun Valley ice shows where world-class skaters showcase their talent to lucky spectators. Every summer, the resort delivers a season bursting with creative shows highlighting new stars, innovative routines and fresh beats. If you fancy getting in on the action, former figure skater and Olympic silver medallist Linda Fratianne heads a fantastic team of skating professionals for group and private lessons.

The rink is situated outside the Sun Valley Lodge – boasting expansive views over the valley – and is open year-round to visitors. As they say in that classic tune: “It happened in Sun Valley.”

Sun Valley skating
You don’t need to be Sonja Henie to sparkle on the Sun Valley ice rink. Credit: Sun Valley Idaho

Big White, Canada

Canada’s highest ice rink is also a state-of-the-art Olympic-sized ice-rink. OK, while we’re not sure that state-of-the-art ice rinks exist, the facilities at Big White are on point.

If you’re more Bambi on ice than a twirling sensation the friendly staff will hook you up with an ice buddy to help you find your skating feet.

Scrumptious Belgium waffles and hot drinks are available in the Happy Valley Day Lodge and there’s a daily bonfire after 3pm at which everyone can mingle. The rink is fully lit for night skating too.


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