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COVID-19 Black Diamond Phase Rules and Guidelines for the Dobson Ice Arena 

These rules are to preserve the health and safety of our ice rink participants and staff and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Includes public skating, freestyle sessions (figure skating), skating clinics, hockey clinics and any other skills-and-drills oriented use. Modified non-contact game play is allowed. Below is a partial list of protocols; please click here for a comprehensive list of Dobson Ice Arena COVID-19 protocols.

  • If you are sick, please stay home.
  • Per state mask order and Eagle county health order: All guests, ages 3 and older, are required to wear a cloth face covering that covers their mouth and nose at all times while in Dobson Arena, including while skating. Effective July 17, 2020.
  • Skate sharpening is available. All skates must be prepaid and left overnight for service. We will not sharpen skates the same day.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled ice time. No one will be allowed to enter the building prior. All guests will need to exit the building within 15 minutes of exiting the ice.
  • All groups renting the ice will need to provide Dobson staff a roster of all participants designated for each session prior to the day of rental. Anyone who is sick or displays any symptoms of illness will not be allowed to enter. 
  • As many interior doors as possible will be propped open to reduce the number of high-touch areas. This will include locker rooms, restrooms, and ice rink gates when applicable. Ice rink gates will need to be secure during hockey use for safety purposes.
  • All registrations, rental fees, and payments will be made online. Guests will only need to check-in at the skate rental counter to confirm payment and registration. 
  • All participants will need to be supervised for skating clinics or hockey clinics. Staff will monitor public skating. 
  • Guests are encouraged to bring their own water bottle. Water fountains will not be available, however the water bottle fill station will be available. 
  • No water bottle sharing. No spitting or nose blowing is permitted on the ice. Please use a trash can or tissue if needed.
  • All organized skills and drills will abide by social distancing guidelines. 
  • All player benches, penalty boxes, and the scorer’s box will be off limits. 
  • Participants will be given 10 minutes to change out of skates and any gear before leaving the designated staging areas to exit the building. 
  • All personal equipment and items must be taken from the arena with the skater. Skaters are not allowed to leave gear at the arena for later sessions in the day. 
  • Chairs, benches and high-touch points will be treated with disinfectant during transitions.
  • No group will have more than 25 skaters, excluding coaches, at any given time.  
  • A parent or guardian is allowed to enter the arena with their skater and tie skates. They may then remain in the bleachers during abiding by social distancing. All guests will exit through the upper, west doors.
  • Anyone who cannot comply with social distancing and Dobson Arena protocols will be asked to leave and/or not permitted to participate in the future.


*2020 Mile High Mites Learn to Play* TBD - We run this program in conjunction with the Colorado Avalanche.  Due to COVID-19, they have not yet confirmed that this program will happen this year.  We will run a session this year if they get it up and running.

A great introductory program for any kids looking to join our Mini Mite or Mite programs.  Not a pre-requisite, but a great way to get a full set of equipment and an introduction to the sport in a fun environment.  Birth years 2011-2015. 

VRD Mini Mites (birth years 2014 and 2015) and VRD Mites (birth years 2012 and 2013) will learn the fundamentals of ice hockey through fun and educational instruction and enjoy an introduction to competition.  A couple of weekends each season will include scheduled games at the Eagle Ice Rink.  

We have rental equipment available for $50 on a first come, first served basis. Please call (970) 479-2271 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to set up an appointment to be fitted for equipment prior to the start of the season.  Sticks and skates are not provided.  We have sticks available for purchase for $20 and a limited amount of used skates for sale.


Mini Mites U6: 2014 & 2015 birth years 

Thursdays 4:15-5:15 p.m. and Sundays 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Season 1 (Fall): October 15 - December 20, 2020

Season 2 (Winter): 

Cost: $167 for one season.  $100 for season 2 if participated in season 1.
2021 Winter Schedule - detailed schedule TBD

Mites U8: 2012 & 2013 birth years

Thursdays 5:15-6:15 p.m. and Sundays 4:30-5:30 

Season 1 (Fall): Oct. 15 to Dec. 20, 2020

Season 2 (Winter): 

Cost: $167 for one season.  $100 for season 2 if participated in season 1.
2021 Winter Schedule - detailed schedule TBD

Mites and Mini Mites at the Colorado Avalanche game 1/10/15