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Learn to Skate

An intro to skating with a focus on fundamentals and love for the sport

An introduction to skating, our Learn to Skate programs are designed to teach the fundamentals of skating while fostering a love for the sport. St. Paul FSC offers class options for all ages and abilities. All lessons are taught in a fun and energetic group setting. Classes involve 30 minutes of instruction followed by 30 minutes of practice time. 


Learn to Skate Classes are available at two facilities. 

Pleasant Arena

848 Pleasant Avenue

St. Paul, MN 55102


Charles Schulz Highland Arena

800 Snelling Avenue

St. Paul, MN 55116

*Registration for all contracts opens 30 days prior to the first day of class

Pleasant Arena Learn to Skate

Wednesdays at Pleasant Arena from 5:00-6:00 pm

Summer Session:
June 21 - August 23, 2023

*Skaters working on Basic 5 and higher level skills should register for Academy classes during the summer.

Class Times:

Several classes will run concurrently.

5:00-5:30 pm:

  • Intro to Skating

  • Basic 1

  • Basic 2

  • Basic 3 & 4

  • Hockey Skating Skills

5:30-6:00 pm:

  • Intro to Skating

  • Basic 1

  • Basic 2

  • Basic 3 & 4

  • Adult & Teen Skating

Highland Arena Learn to Skate

Classes will resume at Highland Arena in the fall.

Class Fees

The 2023 class fee for the summer session of Pleasant Learn to Skate is $118 for an 10-week session (10 weeks for the price of 8).

​​Class Descriptions

All class levels must be taken in order. Skaters who have passed Basic 4 are also invited to enroll in our Academy program.


​All participants will be evaluated on the first day of class and may be shifted to the appropriate class for their skill level.

Intro to Skating

This level is designed for young skaters who have little to no experience on skates. It uses the Snowplow Sam curriculum and will develop preliminary coordination and strength to maneuver on the ice. This class is designed for skaters who are 8 years old and younger, who have never skated before. Skaters may start as young as 3 years old, though they must be excited to skate, be potty trained, and comfortable being in a class independently.


Skaters who complete Intro to Skating (Snowplow Sam 2) will advance to Basic 1 or Hockey classes.

Basic Skills

The six levels of the basic skills program introduce the skater to the fundamentals of the sport. Basic skills classes are for kids from 6 to 14 years of age. Skaters who have never skated before and are 7 or younger should sign up for Intro to Skating. Skaters who have never skated before and are 8 and older should sign up for Basic 1. Beginners with some skating experience should register for Basic 1. Skaters will be evaluated and moved to the appropriate class. The Basic Skills level must be taken in order. More information can be found here.

Skaters who complete Basic 6 will advance to Pre-Free Skate.


Adult Lessons

Skating is a sport that can be enjoyed at any age. Whether you skated as a child or have never been on the ice before, our classes are designed to teach adults how to skate or enhance the skills you already have. Classes are designed for skaters 15 years of age and up. More information can be found here.


Hockey Skating Skills

Classes are designed for hockey players who want to refine their skating skills to become a stronger and more agile player on the ice. Classes will focus on edges, crossovers, and turns that enhance power, speed, and agility for game situations. Instruction will be given based on Learn to Skate USA Hockey curriculum.  Participants should have passed Basic 1 or an equivalent. Hockey 1 curriculum is covered in the Basic 1 and Intro to Skating classes.  A Learn to Skate USA membership is required. Participants are encouraged to wear hockey gear. No sticks or pucks allowed.

Not sure which level to sign up for?
Follow this guide:​
  • Children age 3-5

    • Register for Intro to Skating

  • Children age 6-8

    • Has your child been on skates before?

      • No - Register for Intro to Skating

      • Yes - Can they skate 80 feet on their own?

  • Children age 9-14

    • Register for Basic 1

  • Children age 14-18

    • Register for the Adult & Teen Skating Class

Membership Requirement

This program requires the participant to hold membership with Learn to Skate USA, a non-profit collaboration between U.S. Figure Skating, USA Hockey and USA Speedskating. Membership fees of $17.25 are due once per year and are required to participate.  

Ready to Register?​

Visit the “Register Now” page under the “Programs” tab to review registration instructions. 


Preparing for class


  • Skates! Must have well-fitting figure skates or hockey skates. No double runners, please. Rentals skates are available at Highland Arena only.

  • Helmets! Very strongly recommended for beginners.

  • Warm clothes! Layers that are easy to move in and gloves or mittens to cover your hands.. Winter jackets and snow pants work great for beginners. Hockey skaters should be dressed in full equipment.

The First Lesson Day:

  • Please arrive 15 minutes early to get skates laced and skaters prepared to take the ice.

  • Pick up your skater’s name tag at the Welcome Desk.

  • Move to the seating area surrounding the ice to put on skates.

  • Skaters will meet in the area corresponding to the color on his/her name tag.

  • The first class meeting will include an evaluation to ensure proper level.

  • Depending on registration classes may be divided by age and/or ability within the level.

  • Class size will not exceed 12.

  • Intro to Skating and Basic 1 will meet off-ice for the first class. Look for signs to direct you to the correct location or check with the Welcome Desk.


Health Precautions:

  • If your skater does not feel well and/or has a fever please, do not attend class.

  • Injury Policy


Other Reminders:

  • Only registered skaters are allowed on the ice.

  • Please watch from the comfort of the bleachers or lobby. Player boxes are reserved for skaters and equipment.



Check out some of our frequently asked questions here.

You can view a list of our LTS policies here.

More questions? Contact us at

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