Youth Skating Classes




September-April | Wednesdays | 3:30 or 4:15 p.m. (30 minutes of instruction and 15 minutes of free skate)

This program is intended for any person who is looking to learn to skate or aspiring to be a better skater, figure skater or hockey player.   

Classes are 30 minutes of instruction followed by 15 minutes of free skating.

Coaching Staff

The Vail Recreation District has welcomed nationally and internationally-known figure skating coaches to its staff to elevate Dobson Ice Arena's learn to skate programs. Tara lane and Chari Kennedy will bring with them a broad history of coaching, show skating and competitive figure skating to the ice arena.

Tara Lane

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All ages & levels. Beginning skating, all figure skating levels, power skating for hockey 

Tara Lane started coaching in 1988 and has been coaching figure skating and hockey power skating at Dobson Ice Arena since 2006. Lane's coaching style fosters education for skaters and their parents, progressive techniques for skills development and helping skaters reach their true potential both on and off the ice. Lane says she's excited to work with the new coaches and watch Dobson's skaters foster new skills and techniques, while they have fun in a safe and friendly environment. Lane's competitive history includes competing at the Sectional level for several years in individual figure skating. Additionally, Tara has earned her USFSA Gold Medals (passing through senior level) in figures, freestyle, moves in the field and dance, in addition to two international dances and is a Professional Skaters Association (PSA) Master Rated Coach. Lane is very successful with her figure skating students in basic skills, freestyle, moves in the field, choreography and power skating. In addition, she coaches power skating for hockey players and teams of all ages and abilities. She is the head coach and owner of "Power On Ice" power skating clinics and camps in the Vail Valley, has helped with nationally-recognized power skating programs (Laura Stamm and Robbie Glantz) and was the power skating coach for National Hockey League Hall of Fame inductee Bryan Trottier's summer TNT hockey camps. Tara also enjoys water skiing and snow skiing with her husband Matt, is a Motivational Speaker on a national level for multiple sclerosis patient advocacy and enjoys helping the Multiple Sclerosis Community.

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