Winthrop Ice Rink
For the family who loves ice skating
Nothing says winter like an afternoon spent idly gliding on the ice under gently falling snow. If your family doesn’t have skates, you’ll be able to rent them at most outdoor rinks.
- Splurge: To reach Vancouver, British Columbia’s Grouse Mountain Ice Rink, board the gondola for an eight-minute ride up Grouse Mountain. The pond at the top is usually frozen from mid-November to April. Bring your own skates or rent them at the pond (adults, $8; kids, $5). An on-site fire pit will warm you up as you take in the stunning views. Once the lake freezes, the rink is open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Cost: adults, $45; kids, $15–$25; ages 5 and younger, free (includes the tram ride)
- Steal: Trek over to the Methow Valley, where the open-air Winthrop Ice Rink sits against a backdrop of snowcapped peaks. Usually open from mid-November to March, the rink offers open skate sessions six days a week, and skate rentals are $4 a pair. Cost: (prices for a two-hour skate session) adults, $7; kids, $5; ages 5 and younger, free
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