Skate Lessons

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 $2.

Upcoming Winter 2017-2018 Learn to Skate Lessons
Mondays, January 8th-February 19th- 6:00pm-7:30pm 
Wednesdays, January 10th-February 21st: 9:15am-9:45am
Thursdays, January 4th-February 15th- 6:00pm-7:00pm
Saturdays, January 6th-February 17th- 9:15am-10:15am

Upcoming Spring 2018 Learn to Skate Lessons
Mondays, March 5th-April 23rd- 6:00pm-7:30pm 
Wednesdays, March 7th-April 25th- 9:15am-9:45am
Thursdays, March 8th-April 26th- 6:00pm-7:00pm
No Saturday AM Learn to Skate Lessons in Spring 


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
New or beginning skaters ages 5 to 13.

Intermediate Learn to Skate
(LTS) (Beg 4/pre Alpha) 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
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 give skaters a strong foundation to build their skills. Note: Figure skaters wanting to progress faster should consider registering for two classes per week.

Basic 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.

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.