Chaparral Ice is Austin’s premiere ice facility located at the heart of Northcross Center

 

Today, the facility is a gathering place for communities of figure skaters, hockey fans, kids’ camps and snow-shy Texans looking to escape the summer sun

 

Fast Facts

  • Chaparral Ice has been a fixture of the Austin community for over 20 years.
  • The facility hosts over 71,000 visitors annually through its diverse programming and wide variety of activities
  • The NHL-regulation rink, with 17,000 square feet of ice in total, is the only publicly accessible rink of its kind in the city. 
  • The facilities are on track to be remodeled this summer and debuted in time for the winter, with notable additions including heated spectator seating, a new sports bar and a general revitalization of the space.
 

Managers & Directors

 
 

Ryan Raya - Owner

Ryan lives on the ice. After a childhood of playing pond hockey through the long Massachusetts winters, he eventually found himself goaltending for Elon University in North Carolina. Today, Ryan has nearly two decades of coaching experience under his belt at all age and skill levels and works as Director of Coach-ing for the Texas Jr. Stars competitive team. In January 2017, Ryan bought Chaparral Ice with the goal of creating a place where everyone – hockey players, figure skaters, curlers or just Austinites looking for somewhere to beat the Texas heat – can share in the same experiences that sparked his passion for the ice. 

“Hockey has given so much to me, and I saw a real opportunity to give back to the game and strengthen it in my adopted hometown of Austin. While Texas is a long way from the Great White North, I was in the middle of the hockey and skating boom surrounding Washing-ton, DC prior to moving here, and I see many similarities between this market and the greater DC area. This was a family owned business, and I feel like by being around the rink for the last four years as a volunteer made the previous owners feel like Chaparral was staying in the family, but now under the guidance of someone who has grown multiple programs and built rinks before. We are all about Community, Quality, and Competition. We want to provide a safe place for the community to go to while being able to push those kids or adults who want to excel and win to that level of success.”


Angie Vaught - General Manager and program director

Angie is a lifelong lover of ice sports, particularly ringette, and played in the 2002 World Ringette Championship in Alberta. That same year, she got involved with Chaparral Ice’s adult recreational hockey and women’s hockey leagues, where she found what she calls her “home away from home.” Before long, she was running kids’ summer camps and coaching workshops. Fifteen years later, she’s general manager of the Chaparral Ice center at the Northcross Center. But for Angie, it’s more than just a job.

“I have been lucky enough to watch the kids that I have taught become young adults, husbands, wives and parents,” says Angie. “I have the opportunity to lead 80 youth coaches through our season every year in our journey to create young leaders in our community.  I have driven Zambonis, fixed broken chains and augers, ripped down walls and hung and painted new drywall.  I have done it all and I have loved it all.”  

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Kathy Goeke  - Skating Director

USFSA, PSA-RFS/MG:  The current Director of Figure Skating at Chaparral. Kathy has been coaching more than 30 years. She is a Professional Skating Association Master-rated coach and has served as a seminar presenter and ratings examiner. Her interests span far from the ice, though, including camping and hiking in the Rocky Mountains, anime and science fiction cosplay, panelist presentations at anime conventions, and dog fostering for Texas Great Pyrenees Association and Austin Dog Rescue.

She is also a traditional archer, shooting with longbows and historical archery equipment (no compound bows with “training wheels”) and has won and placed inmultiple tournaments with the Society for Creative Anachronism and at various Renaissance faires. She was the registered archery marshal for the SCA’s Barony of Bryn Gwlad for 3 years, in charge of all archery activities for the area, including schedulingand conductingtournaments, and was awarded the Order of the Sable Martlet for her service to the organization.

She was a TCNA award-winning reporter/photographer/columnist for Hill Country News and Granite Publications from 2003-2010, and a columnist for the PSA's "Professional Skater" magazine from 2010-2016. She has been the chief editorial advisor to a highly-respected biomechanics professor for his articles for publication, including international publication (Czech Republic), since 2010 (Lee Cabell, B.S., M.S., Ed.D., USFSA, PSA, ISU, ASCM, ISB, ISBS, NCSA). She is also a two-time cancer survivor, having battled Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2005 and breast cancer in 2007. 


Jason Maurer - Scheduler and Hockey Director

I grew up playing hockey on the frozen lakes of Minnesota until 1984 when my family relocated to the Austin area. I finished out my youth years playing for the travel team in Austin on the old Northcross ice rink. Since then, I have played in the adult hockey league that is now a part of the Chaparral Ice Adult League. I began coaching youth hockey at the High School and Travel levels and then took over as the Director of Hockey for Chaparral Ice after a few years of assisting in the operations of the High School and Adult programs.


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Mindy Hubbard- Event Manager and Asst. Skating Director

My mother had me on the ice at age 2 with a much older, stronger cousin and I skated through high school.  I was also on the swimming team, diving team, did gymnastics, tennis team and rode horses in addition to skating as a kid but I always came back to skating.  It won out over everything else as my favorite.  I was working as a legal secretary for a family law attorney when we moved to Austin in 1993.   We walked into what used to be Northcross Mall (before the Walmart was built) and I saw the ice rink.  I didn’t want to go back to being a legal secretary so I got a job at Ice Capades Chalet as a cashier and have been around the ice in Austin ever since.  People ask me how I do what I do every day working in the cold and lacing skates all day.  I wear a ski outfit to keep me warm and move around a lot so that isn’t a problem.  Actually, one of my favorite things to do is help fit and lace skates.  It is vital to a successful skating experience and taking someone from something that doesn’t fit/isn’t laced properly and is hurting, etc. to what works for them never gets old.  The look on their face when the skate is right and they can have success no matter how small is worth it.

I started out as a cashier and was trained as a figure skating coach which led to my current positions as the Asst. Director of Learn to Skate and the Group Sales and Event Coordinator and 24 years later Chaparral Ice continues to be my home away from home.  That sounds cliche but it’s true.  I love my job and enjoy seeing people learn the sport whether it is their first day or they are regulars.  Everyone can enjoy ice skating or ice sports so I want to help introduce it to as many people as possible.


Coaches & Other Staff

No ordinary skaters or coaches!

We are in a unique situation in Austin, with many skaters and coaches joining the Chaparral family due to its proximity to the world- class University of Texas. We count among our current family and alumni not only skating coaches with impressive competitive and performance resumes, but also numerous highly skilled professionals, including Ph.D.s and college professors, doctors, attorneys, astronomers, engineers, archaeologists, and more. Our skaters tend to excel in high school and college, seeking rigorous curricula and honors programs.

We believe the dedication and discipline required to be successful in figure skating lends itself to other areas of participants’ lives, teaching them the life skills they need to be equally successful in these demanding vocations.

Staff to know:

Robert Noe
Facility Manager

Scott Staples
Operations Supervisor

Evan Lefebvre
Asst. ProShop Manager

Peggy Sue Grant
Party Coordinator

Chaparral Ice is always looking to add motivated, ice-loving team members!

Contact us for current career opportunities

 

facility@chaparralice.com