Skate Lessons

Chaska skate school Learn to Skate

Take your first steps towards becoming any type of skater, including recreational, hockey or competitive figure skater. Learn essential basic skating skills at every level that will apply to all types of skating. Chaska Skate School offers basic skating instructions through advanced figure skating for youth ages 3 through adults. Classes meet once per week for 30 minutes. Class placement is determined by skill level and age. Class ratio 10:1, except Snow Plow Sam 1 (6:1). Recommended clothing: gloves/mittens, a warm jacket, light weight socks (1 pair only), long sleeves and long pants. (Jeans are not recommended as they are restrictive.) Helmets are highly recommended for all beginners (bicycle helmets okay). Remember mittens and a warm jacket. Skate rental is available for $3. Please note not all classes will be offered each season of skate lessons. 


Snow Plow Sam Program

For ages 4 to 8. The Snow Plow Sam levels are designed to help the preschool-age skater develop preliminary coordination and strength to maneuver on the ice. Helmets are highly recommended for all beginners (bicycle helmets acceptable).

Snow Plow Sam 1
New/beginner skaters. Primary focus is getting skaters comfortable on the ice, learning the proper way to fall, get up and move across the ice.

Snow Plow Sam 2
Skaters who have completed Snowplow Sam 1, Beginner 1 or can move across the rink unassisted. Primary focus to develop forward skating, bubbles and introducing backwards.

Snow Plow Sam 3
Skaters who have completed Snowplow Sam 2, Beginner 2 or can skate forwards and backwards. Primary focus is to transition from walking to gliding across the ice, backwards skating and forward curves.


This program will introduce the basic skill moves which are the fundamentals of the sport: forward skating, backward skating, stops, edges, crossovers, turns and mohawks. Upon completion of the basic levels, skaters will have a basic knowledge of the sport, enabling them to advance to more specialized areas of skating.

Beginner Learn to Skate
(Beginner LTS) New or beginning skaters ages 5 to 13.

Intermediate Learn to Skate
(Intermediate LTS)  Primary focus to develop forward skating, stops, backward skating, build strength and balancing on one foot to prepare for crossovers.

Advanced I Learn to Skate
(Advanced I LTS) Primary focus to develop forward crossovers, introduce backward crossovers and two foot turns.

Advanced II Learn to Skate
Primary focus to develop backward skating and back crossovers, increase speed and power, introduce one foot turns.

Adult/Teen Learn to Skate
Geared toward teens ages 13 and up wanting to learn basic skating skills. Primary focus, develop forward and backward skating, gliding, stopping and introduce crossovers.


The curriculum teaches the fundamentals of hockey skating. In four badge levels, skaters will learn how to maneuver faster and be more agile on the ice. Necessary equipment: hockey skates, certified hockey helmet (ice approved), hockey stick and hockey gloves (optional).

Hockey Skate - Beginner
(Ages 4 & Up), must be able to skate forward.

Hockey Skate - Intermediate
(Ages 5 & Up) primary focus basic backward skating moves, hockey turns, speed development and forward crossovers.

Hockey Skate - Advanced
(Ages 5 & Up) primary focus developing forward and back crossovers, transitions back stops and hockey stops.


These classes are designed to build a skaters foundation in ice skaitng. This is the point where the skater can choose whether to pursue a recreational or competitive approach to the sport of figure skating.  Note: Figure skaters wanting to progress faster should consider registering for two classes per week.

Pre Figure Skating
Primary focus is developing backward skating, back crossovers, 3-turns, t-stop, Bunny Hops and more.

Intermediate Figure Skating
Primary focus forward edges, mohawks, ½ jumps, adding movement and speed to turns for applying to jump and spin entries.

Advanced Figure Skating
Primary focus full jumps, advanced spins, and footwork.

Axels & Doubles
Learn to refine your axel & double jumps. Must be landing all single jumps and be able to do a backspin. 

Spins: Beginner to Advanced
Master your spin technique. Whether you're a beginner or advanced skater, you can benefit from this class. Skaters will be split by ability and you will learn new spins, variations, and combinations. 

Specialty Classes

Artistry and Edge 
A great opportunity to improve edge quality, learn footwork, accent moves and style components used in creating a skating program. For skaters in Intermediate LTS level and higher. Skaters will be grouped by skill level.

Power Edge
Take your skating to another level. Improve speed, power, and edge control. Secondary focus style and movement. All levels of figure skaters welcome.