Main Street ICE, Columbia’s downtown ice skating rink opens Thanksgiving night.
Between now and mid-January, famously hot Columbians will cool their heels on the rink, looking for a new adventure with friends, a creative date night idea, or a fun family outing.
Maybe you’re one of those skaters who glides and twirls effortlessly across the ice, the scarf that matches your mittens gracefully floating behind you.
But if you’re a skater who can’t even enter or exit the rink without arms and legs flailing, here are a couple tips to help you save face and get you moving with ease. Or at least with a little more balance.
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How to stand on the ice without falling: Position your blades about shoulder-width apart, knees bent and arms out to the side a bit. Keep your weight equally balanced on both skates and your eyes up.
How to glide across the ice: Point your right toe toward 2 o’clock position and your left toe toward 10 o’clock. With knees bent, push off with one foot and glide on the other, shifting your weight from right to left. Keep those eyes up and arms out for balance.
How to stop: Put the brakes on by placing one foot behind the other at a 45-degree angle. Shift your weight onto your back foot.
How to get up when you fall (because you know you will): Get onto your hands and knees. (This is why you’ll want to be wearing mittens). Tuck one foot under you, then the other, and slowly stand up with your skates about six inches apart.
Don’t worry about being a novice – you won’t be the only one. Just try not to fall in front of the skater executing a perfect triple lutz for everyone’s safety.
Thursday’s skate hours are 5-10 p.m. for $8 per person. Friday’s hours are 1-10 p.m.
From Saturday until Jan. 19, hours are 4-9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 4-10 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays and 1-9 p.m. Sundays.
Groups of 20 or more may make group reservations for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.
Extended holiday hours of 12-9 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays will be in effect December 15 until January 2.
The rink will be closed on Christmas Day and will be open until midnight on New Year’s Eve.
The fee to skate is $10 for adults, $8 for children (age 12 and under) and $8 for active-duty military and seniors (55+). The fee includes skate rentals.
“Skate for $8” specials will be offered on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Monday’s discount applies to guests who bring three canned goods for Harvest Hope food bank. Tuesday’s discount is for federal, state, city and county government employees when they show employee ID. Wednesday’s discount applies to youth groups. And Thursday’s discount is for college students with school ID.
Details: (803) 545-3100.
Bridget Winston, Special to The State