Learn to Skate - Highland Arena POSTPONED

Everyone Can Learn to Skate! **IMPORTANT: Please read thoroughly and then scroll down to Register**


Learn to Skate classes are great for learning both basic skating skills and more advanced skills in a group setting. St. Paul FSC offers classes from preschoolers to adults. We also offer classes for hockey skaters to enhance their skating skills. Classes are geared toward making skaters feel comfortable and challenged on the ice.


Classes are held Monday evenings and are 30 minutes of instruction with 30 minutes of practice time.  All classes are at the Charles M. Schultz-Highland Arena, 800 Snelling Avenue South, St. Paul, MN. 


2019-2020 class fees are $119 for an 8-week session.


Snowplow Sam 

The Snowplow Sam levels are designed to help preschool-age skaters develop preliminary coordination and strength to maneuver on the ice.  This class is designed for skaters who are 6 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.


Snowplow Sam skills include:

  • Sit and stand up with skates on, off ice & on ice

  • March in place, forward, then glide on two feet

  • Dip in place & while moving

  • March followed by a long glide

  • Backward wiggles

  • Forward two-foot swizzles

  • Two-foot hop in place

  • Forward skating

  • Forward one-foot glide

  • Forward swizzles & backward swizzles

  • Forward snowplow stop with skid


Click here for more information on Snowplow Sam skills.

Basic Skills

The six levels of the basic skills program introduce the skater to the fundamentals of the sport. Skaters will learn and practice: forward and backward skating, stops, edges, crossovers, turns and mohawks. Upon completion of the Basic 1-6 levels, skaters will have a fundamental knowledge of the sport enabling them to advance to more specialized areas of skating. Basic skills classes are for kids from 7 to 13 years of age. Skaters who have never skated before should sign up for Basic 1.


Click here for more information on the Basic Skills curriculum.

Pre-Free Skate & Free Skate

These levels are the introductory levels to figure skating. In these classes, skaters will advance their skating skills while working on jumps, spins and spirals. Skaters will work with their class coach to design a curriculum that fits the individual skater’s skills.

Click here for more information on the Free Skate curriculum.


Skating is 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 14 years of age and up.


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. Sometime in class will be spent on stick handling. Please sign up for the level you’ve previously skated at, except for the Mini-Mites and Mite 1 level.

Scholarship Program

A limited number of scholarships are available for eligible skaters. If accepted into the scholarship program, skaters will receive free group lessons and rental skates for one 8-week session and their own helmet to keep. These scholarships are meant for skaters who would otherwise never be able to learn how to skate. If you are interested in applying for the scholarship program, please contact Learn to Skate Director at highlandlearntoskate@gmail.com.

How to Register:

This program does require the skater to register for Learn to Skate which is a collaboration between U.S. Figure Skating and USA Hockey.  Registration is just once per year and is required prior to registering for classes at St. Paul FSC to meet insurance mandates. If you’ve registered with Learn to Skate USA in the past, then this year you “renew” your membership. Registration for Learn to Skate USA has an annual fee of $17.25.

Step 1: Learn to Skate USA Registration
  • Navigate to the Learn to Skate USA website

  • Click on “Login/Renew” in the upper right-hand corner

  • Click on “Become A Member” or "Renew"

  • Click on “Skater/Parent of a Skater”

  • Complete the steps to become a Learn to Skate USA member and then exit and return to this page to sign up for classes below

Step 2: Register for classes with St. Paul FSC
  • Navigate to St. Paul FSC class registrations

  • Click on the tab "Highland Learn to Skate"

  • Choose your class

  • If you have an account, sign-in, or create an account on our registration system to register for classes. If you have more than one child, you will need to create a separate account with a unique login for each child (you can use the same email address, but the password must be different). If you received a receipt for each individual child, then you signed up correctly. Class fees are non-refundable and due at the time of registration. Registration is on a first come, first served basis.

Sign your skater up for 1, 2, or all 3 sessions for the level they are currently at. If they pass a level, the Director will automatically enroll them in the higher level for the next session. 

Make-Up Classes:

Make-up classes are encouraged whenever possible. Please email Learn to Skate Director for your options to make up missed classes.

Class Schedule and Time:

Fall (October 21st, 2019 - December 9th, 2019)

Winter (January 6th, 2020 - February 24th, 2020)

Spring (March 2nd, 2020 - April 20th, 2020)


Mondays 5:30 - 7:40pm

Required Equipment

Snowplow Sam & Basic Skills skaters should have a helmet (bicycle or hockey), mittens and single blade skates. It’s also recommended that skaters wear warm, easy-to-move in clothing. Snow pants and a winter coat work great for first time skaters. Hockey skaters should be in full equipment.


Practice Area

Each participant will be assigned a 30-minute time to practice, either before or after their class.  Helmets should be worn in the practice area. For the safety of all skaters practicing, no hockey sticks are allowed in this area. Anyone on the ice must be wearing skates, no shoes are allowed on the ice.

For more information contact our Learn To Skate Director at spfsclearntoskateusa@gmail.com.