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Snowplow Sam | Basic Skills | Pre-Free Skate | Free Skate | Adult Learn To Skate


Pegula Ice Arena offers figure skating classes for all ages and skating abilities. Our programs are part of Learn to Skate USA and sanctioned by USFS. Please see the below progression chart and click on any of the class names for further curriculum details.

Ages 3-5: Snowplow Sam 1-4Basic 2-6Pre-Free SkateFree Skate 1-6
Ages 6-14: Basic 1-6Pre-Free SkateFree Skate 1-6
Ages 15+: Adult Beginner to Adult Advanced


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Snowplow Sam Classes

Snowplow Sam levels are designed to help the preschool-age skater develop preliminary coordination and strength to maneuver on the ice.

  • In Snowplow Sam 1 we focus on sitting, standing, marching on the ice and gliding.
  • In Snowplow Sam 2 we focus on gliding, backward wiggles, and beginning snowplow stop.
  • In Snowplow Sam 3 we focus on one foot glides, swizzles and stopping on the ice.
  • In Snowplow Sam 4 we focus on backward two foot gliding, two-foot turns, and two-foot hops.

For Snowplow Sam both figure and hockey skates are permitted and available for rent. For the exact curriculum, please click here. At the end of the 6 week program each student will be evaluated and given a report card on what they have done well and things to practice. We will also make a recommendation for them to either stay in the current class or move up to the next level. You must pass the previous level to move on. We encourage all families and skaters to click here for some helpful tips as you prepare for your skating lessons at Pegula Ice Arena.

Basic Skills Classes


The Basic Skills levels are designed to teach the FUNdamentals of ice skating including forward and backward skating, stops, edges, crossovers, and turns.

  • In Basic 1 skaters will learn how to sit and stand up, march, glide, dip, and even go backwards.
  • In Basic 2 skaters will focus on gliding, swizzles, and stopping.
  • In Basic 3 skaters will focus on blade and balance work.
  • In Basic 4 skaters will focus on forward skating edge work.
  • In Basic 5 skaters will focus on backward skating edge work and spinning.
  • In Basic 6 skaters will focus on movement and change of direction.

For the exact curriculum, please click here. At the end of each 6 week program we evaluate the skaters and give them a report card on what they have done well and things to practice. We also make a recommendation for them to either stay in the current class or move up to the next level. You must pass the previous level to move on. We encourage all families and skaters to click here for some helpful tips as you prepare for your skating lessons at Pegula Ice Arena.

Free Skate Classes


The Free Skate levels are designed to give skaters a strong foundation on which to build their skills. This is the point where a skater can choose whether to pursue a recreational or competitive approach to the sport of figure skating.

  • In Pre-Free Skate skaters will learn a waltz jump.
  • In Free Skate 1 skaters will learn an upright spin from back crossovers.
  • In Free Skate 2 skaters will learn a salchow.
  • In Free Skate 3 skaters will learn a loop jump.
  • In Free Skate 4 skaters will learn forward power three turns.
  • In Free Skate 5 skaters will learn a camel spin.
  • In Free Skate 6 skaters will learn a creative step sequence and an axel.

For the exact curriculum, please click here. At the end of each 13 week session we evaluate the skaters and give them a report card on what they have done well and things to practice. We also make a recommendation for them to either stay in the current class or move up to the next level. You must have passed the previous level to move on.

 
Adult Learn to Skate


It's never too late to learn how to skate! The Adult Learn to Skate program is offered to those that have never stepped on the ice before or are looking to finally master those advanced skills. The program is broken down into three levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced.

For any questions on figure skating programs offered at Pegula Ice Arena, please contact Jess McCormick, Figure Skating Coordinator, jlm970@psu.edu or 814-865-4102.

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