Learn to Skate Programs

Chaparral Ice teaches the Learn to Skate USA curriculum endorsed by U.S. Figure Skating, USA Hockey, US Speedskating, the Professional Skaters Association, and Special Olympics. With fun and safety at their core, our classes provide fundamentals for recreational skating and a solid foundation for achieving success in figure skating, hockey, and other ice sports. Year-round day and evening classes are available.


Aug. 27-Oct. 19 Session: Late registration has closed.

Oct. 22-Dec. 21 Session: Registration is now open! Register online by Sunday, Oct. 20, and save $5. See below for class descriptions and curricula.


Oct. 22-Dec. 21, 2019

8-Class Session

$145 Online Early Registration (discount ends Oct. 20)

$150 Regular Registration (closes 24 hrs prior to 1st class)

$155 Late Registration (on first class day or later)

What's Included

  • One 30-min. class lesson per week (25 min. instruction)

  • 5 free public session admission passes and unlimited $5 public session admissions

  • Free skate rental for classes through Basic 6/Adult 6 (Free Skate and Specialty Class skaters must have their own skates)

  • Discounts for additional immediate family members or multi-class registrations

  • Annual Learn to Skate USA membership including skills booklet, testing, level badges, accident insurance, and more

  • Makeup classes during current session (no makeups during last week of classes)

  • All classes, makeup lessons, free passes, and public session discounts expire at the end of session.

Future Sessions:

  • Oct. 22-Dec. 21, 2019

  • Jan. 7-Feb. 29, 2020

Coach Kevin and Snowplow Sam 1 learn a dip.

Coach Kevin and Snowplow Sam 1 learn a dip.

BEGINNER CLASSES - Discover, Learn, Play!

Safety first! All skaters in our beginner classes are required to wear a properly-fitted sports helmet, provided by skater/parent.

All skaters in Snowplow Sam 1, Basic 1, and Adult 1 must attend Newcomer Orientation on the first day of class.


Ages 3-5 (Skaters must have reached their 3rd birthday before first class)

Tuesdays 6:00 p.m., Wednesdays 6:00 p.m., or Saturdays 11:15 a.m.

For first-time and continuing beginners age 3-5, these classes focus on fun, safety, and building confidence while learning age-appropriate, play-based beginner skills. (Note, 1-2-3-4 are class levels, not skater ages.)


Ages 6-14

Tuesdays 6:00 p.m., Wednesdays 6:00 p.m., or Saturdays 11:15 a.m.

This introductory class is for first-timers and beginners with no prior skating class experience. Beginner class focuses on fun and safety while learning basic forward skating and introduces stops and backward skating.


Ages 6-14

Tuesdays 6:00 p.m., Wednesdays 6:30 p.m., or Saturdays 10:45 a.m.

Skaters will continue learning forward skating skills including one-foot glides and will add backward gliding, backward swizzles, snowplow stops, and more to their repertoire. Skaters must pass Basic 1 before registering for Basic 2.


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Tuesdays 6:00 p.m., Wednesdays 6:30 p.m., or Saturdays 10:45 a.m.

These levels develop all of the fundamental skating skills including forward and backward turns, crossovers, edges, and an introduction to simple jumps and spins. The classes will also introduce skaters to basic athleticism, agility, balance, coordination, and speed, preparing them to confidently advance to more specialized areas of skating.

ADVANCED CLASSES -- Time to Take Flight!

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Tuesdays 6:30 p.m., Wednesdays 6:30 p.m., or Saturdays 10:15 a.m.

Each level consists of a variety of progressive skating skills, transitions, steps, spins, and jumps -- all of which build on previously-learned skills -- providing skaters a strong foundation for all future elements. Skaters in Pre-Free Skate and above must be in their own skates, no rental skates.


Tuesdays 7:00 p.m. or Saturdays 10:15 a.m.

Our adult free skate classes follow a curriculum designed to prepare adult skaters to pursue the next step beyond the adult Learn to Skate USA program – U.S. Figure Skating testing and competitions! (USFS testing and competing require full USFS membership, available through Austin Figure Skating Club or directly through U.S. Figure Skating. Adults are welcome to enroll for regular Free Skate classes of the appropriate level, as well.)

See instructor for curriculum.

ADULT CLASSES -- REdiscover the FUN!

Adults skate, too!

Adults skate, too!

Graduation day!

Graduation day!

Whether it’s your first time on the ice, you’re returning to a favorite pastime from childhood, or you wish to continue training for competitions, our classes will guide you through the process with a focus on fun and safety. Our Adult 1-6 classes on Wednesdays and Saturdays are scheduled so that you may enjoy the ice at the same time as your children in our Snowplow and Basic 1 classes – no need for a sitter! Tuesday evening classes are scheduled later so you can get to the rink after work and feature an all-adult ice time — no kids on the ice!

Safety first! All skaters in our beginner classes are required to wear a properly-fitted sports helmet, provided by skater/parent.

All skaters in Snowplow Sam 1, Basic 1, and Adult 1 must attend Newcomer Orientation on the first day of class.


Tuesdays 7:00 p.m., Wednesdays 6:00 p.m., or Saturdays 11:15 a.m.

This class is designed for new skaters age 15 and up with limited or no prior skating class experience, and for skaters returning to the ice after a long break. Adult 1 skaters must attend the Newcomer Orientation meeting on the first day of class.


Tuesdays 7:00 p.m., Wednesdays 6:00 p.m., or Saturdays 11:15 a.m.

Forward and backward skating, turns, and stops geared toward an adult learning style.


Tuesdays 7:00 p.m., Wednesdays 6:00 p.m., or Saturdays 10:45 a.m.

Beginning jumps, spins, lunges, and more advanced turns help prepare skaters for specialty areas in free skate, ice dance, and more. After Adult 6, skaters may advance to the Adult Pre-Bronze/Bronze Workshop or to the regular-curriculum Free Skate classes.


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Specialty classes are offered each session as a supplement to our regular Learn to Skate classes and to enhance the training experience for more advanced skaters. Classes cover a variety of disciplines including Power Skating, Edge Class, Spinspirations, Moves in the Field, Ice Dancing, and more.


Cowboy Country Christmas

Cowboy Country Christmas

THEATRE ON ICE is U.S. Figure Skating's newest discipline and the hottest thing on ice, with competitive events offered from basic skills all the way up to a national championship. Popular in Europe for years where it is known as Ballet on Ice, TOI combines the grace of figure skating with the excitement and creativity of theater and dance. Chaparral’s TOI has a place for everyone including Learn to Skate basic skills skaters.

The Aug.-Oct. TOI class will be performing at the Austin Figure Skating Club’s Autumn Classic competition, Oct. 5-6, and at Anime on Ice on Saturday, Oct. 19. Music for this session will be selections for “Yuri!!! On Ice!)

Lights, skates, costumes, aanndd ... ACTION!! Chaparral is proud to host ice skating shows featuring our Learn to Skate students and competitive skaters from the Central Texas area. Our show themes have ranged from "Alice in a Winter Wonderland" to "Star Wars," with our holiday shows paying tribute to Hollywood favorites such as “A Nightmare Before Christmas.” We are also honored to have been invited to perform each of the past eight years at the H-E-B Center in Cedar Park as part of the Texas Stars AHL hockey game intermissions, with casts up to 75 skaters performing in the 6,000-seat arena! Be sure to watch for information about your chance to skate in our upcoming shows.



Not sure if classes are right for you? Try our FREE introductory Learn to Skate class on Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. Register in person by 1:45 p.m. for our Saturday class. Skate rental is included. Class size is limited, so arrive EARLY to sign up with the cashier! (Guests who wish to skate on public session before or after the free class must purchase public session admission/ skate rental.) The Saturday Free Class is for skaters age 6 and up who have never had skating lessons. For skaters 5 and under, we offer a $10 private lesson, with admission and skate rental just $5. (For the Sunday hockey free class, please contact Angie Vaught to make a reservation.)


Summer Blizzard Blitz intensive classes are offered weekly each summer. Blitz classes include one 30-minute lesson each day, Monday-Friday, plus all-day public skating. Classes are for ages 5 and up. Click here for information on our 2019 Blizzard Blitz classes.


Private lessons are a great idea for skaters who may have trouble mastering skills, or for those who wish to advance faster or compete. For private lessons, our coaches are independent contractors who set their own rates and schedules. Most coaches charge between $35 and $40 per half hour lesson. That fee is paid directly to the coach and skater pays rink separately for public session and skate rental, or freestyle admission for advanced skaters. Private lessons for skaters in Snowplow 1-4, Basic 1-6, Adult 1-6, and Pre-Free Skate are booked during our daily public sessions. Skaters in Free Skate 1 and above may choose to take privates during public session or private freestyle sessions, depending on the schedule chosen by you and your coach. For more information on private lessons, please email Kathy Goeke, Director of Figure Skating.


Chaparral is excited to offer an expanded summer training program focused on developing competitive skaters to their full potential. In addition to our highly-qualified PSA-rated coaches and degreed/certified specialists, we have added staff with national and international competitive and coaching experience. Click here for the summer training brochure.

Chaparral Ice reserves the right to close, cancel, combine, split, or reschedule classes based on enrollment numbers.