KOTLER ICE ARENA OFFICIALLY OPENS FRIDAY WITH CELEBRATION! Normal schedule starts Saturday. Keep reading for specific program updates and changes….
So close! The ice looks great and now rink staff are hard at work finishing up final touches so we can open. (This includes welding the west Zamboni doors in place so no one skates out the back end, cleaning up from all the construction projects so no kids get hurt, and a few other final safety related elements).
We will officially open the ice rink this Friday night with the Rink Celebration to dedicate the chillers, honor Ari Kotler’s decade of service, celebrate YOU for your generosity and support, and recognize dozens of the volunteers and key donors who helped make the Kotler Ice Arena what it is today.
Remember, entry into the Disco Skating Party or to watch the Pond Hockey Battle is FREE, but we still need to charge for skate rentals due to limited supply (please bring your own if you have them). Beer, brats, cocoa, and other snacks will be for sale.
Friday Night Schedule of Event:
4:30 Chiller Dedication / Meet & Greet
5:00 Ari Kotler Recognition
5:30 North/South Hockey Battle
6:30 A few More Thank You’s
7:00 Public Disco Skating Party & Costume Contest
THE NORMAL RINK SCHEDULE WILL START SATURDAY MORNING!!! Here are a few program specific updates and you can still sign up for programs through Monday!
Since we will miss the first night of Pond Hockey on Thursday, we will work with Jay Mazalewski, Pond Hockey Coordinator, to schedule make-up games. Games begin Saturday night per the normal schedule.
YOUTH LEARN TO SKATE:
Beginner skaters will start their lessons on Tuesday, Jan 17. They will still get 6 sessions but the dates will now go from Jan 17 – Feb 21.
ADULT LEARN TO PLAY:
The Adult Learn to Play program will still be 4 sessions on Wednesdays, but will be bumped back a week. It will now take place from Jan 18 – Feb 8.
Women’s hockey will start on Sunday (4:30 – 6:00). Normally Sundays are games and Tuesdays are practices, but THIS SUNDAY WILL BE A PRACTICE INSTEAD OF A GAME. Remember, if you get someone new to sign up you get a free skate sharpening. We will extend the season until April 2 to make up for the delayed opening.
Youth Hockey begins on Monday, January 16th. You can still sign up until Sunday, January 15th. We will extend the season until April 2 to make up for the delay in opening. We will also work with coaches if they need an additional practice or scrimmage on a weekend to make up for the delayed start.
KOTLER CUTTHROAT CLASSIC POND HOCKEY TOURNAMENT JAN 20 -22:
Get your teams signed up ASAP if you want to play in the tournament. Visit our website at https://tetonvalleyfoundation.org/ to register.
PUBLIC OPEN SKATING & SEASON PASSES
Public skating is typically Friday Nights, Saturday afternoons, and Sunday afternoons…however the schedule will be modified during the Kotler Cutthroat Classic next weekend and during the youth hockey tournament Feb 3 – 5. Check our facebook page and website for updates. Season passes–with or without skate rentals–are available. The season will last untll April 2nd to account for the delayed opening.
WINTERSPORTS SCHOOL PROGRAMS
Begin next week as previously scheduled
Available depending on schedule for private parties, hockey games, nonprofit or school programs, etc.
“STICK N’ PUCKS” (PICK-UP HOCKEY)
Available throughout the week for either a drop-in fee or with a season pass. A couple sessions may be cancelled to accommodate a handful of tournaments on weekends. Check our website for updates. Stick n’ Pucks will last through April 2nd to account for the delay.
Thanks everyone! Please pray to the weather gods for the next couple weeks until we are officially ready to turn on the chillers!