Kotler Ice Arena kicks off their first full season of ice with LIVE MUSIC on Saturday, Nov 11th!
On Saturday, November 11th the Teton Valley Foundation (TVF) will turn on their new chillers at a kick-off skating party for the entire community as they enter their first full season of ice since the rink was conceived over a decade ago. Thanks to a partnership with the City of Victor, and over 250 generous individual donors, TVF raised almost a half-million dollars to purchase a cooling system. That means the Kotler Ice Arena (KIA) will be open for a whopping 4 ½ months this year, and won’t shut down in the middle of the season due to warm weather!
Executive Director Erica Linnell noted, “A reliable ice season is exactly what we have been working towards. We are so happy that everyone in the valley can now take advantage of this winter recreation resource. I will definitely be toasting our chiller success alongside everyone else on Saturday night!”.
The party is from 6 – 10pm. TVF is honoring this historic opening by offering 50% off entry fees. Or, you can buy your season pass on Saturday and get a free raffle ticket. The event will showcase LIVE music from Rock Creek Band. Rental skates are available for an additional fee. Beer & Brats are for sale so you can enjoy an evening of dinner, music, skating and outdoor fun with other ice-loving community members!
Raffle and auction prizes included a Grand Targhee Season pass, signed NHL hockey jerseys, World Cast fishing gear, and more. Proceeds help subsidize TVF programs and support rink expansion, including TVF’s latest plan to add a second bathroom toe the warming hut!
At the party, please help TVF welcome the rink’s new Assistant Manager, Michael Sanchez. Sanchez has a broad range of experience building & maintaining ice, and working in the customer service industry. According to TVF, Sanchez has already left his mark on the rink by making suggestions for improvements that TVF didn’t even realize they needed! He and the guru Rink Manager Bob “Howie” Carruth will make quite the dynamic duo.
KIA programs start in earnest on Monday, November 13th. (There will NOT be any public skating on Sunday, November 12th). Please visit the TVF website for the current schedule for both organized programs and “drop-in” opportunities such as Friday Night Ice, weekend public skating, pick-up hockey, and more. Drop-in programs require a fee OR you can purchase an affordable season pass.
Registration is now open through November for the rink’s more formal, organized programs such as hockey leagues and skating lessons for both youth and adults. Visit the TVF website to sign up for programs including:
- Teton Valley Youth Hockey
- Learn to Skate
- Girl’s Hockey (NEW!)
- Intermediate Figure Skating
- Learn to Skate (NEW!)
- Coed Pond Hockey
- Coed or Women’s Only Learn to Play (NEW!)
- Women’s Hockey
Linnell noted that this is the first year TVF is offering Adult Learn to Skate, which is a chance for adults to learn the basics so they can chase their kids around OR improve their skills in order to participate in hockey down the road. TVF will once again offer the Adult Learn to Play program and has added a women’s-only version for women who want to dip their toe into hockey without having to join the full women’s league. She also highlighted that this year TVF hired a specialized youth Learn to Skate coach who can help expand the skating lesson program and teach skills to kids who want to develop without necessarily playing hockey.
TVF still has scholarships available for children in either skating lessons OR Youth Hockey. If you or someone you know is interested in participating in a program but cannot afford it, please send TVF a request for a scholarship application.