2014-2015 Speedskating Season
Early September is usually the start of the speedskating season usually with short track skating at the Mac Center in Eagle River. However, due to delays caused by contracting major construction related to installation of a new state-of-the-art refrigeration system, we will not be able to get on short track ice until the beginning of January. Stay tuned for details. There should be ice at the oval at Cuddy Family Midtown Park around the first week in December, and we will start having practices and races then.
Cook Inlet Speedskating School
An excellent path for kids to begin speedskating is through the Cook Inlet Speedskating School. This brand new school allows young skaters to try speedskating for 4 week sessions. John Monroe, 2010 Olympic short track coach for the Netherlands, will be teaching. This is an exciting new opportunity for youth to try out this sport. No skating experience necessary. An enrollement form is on our Forms page. (We support the goals of the CISS, but we are not affiliated)
Short-Track Speedskating - First Time Free
After the Mac Center reopens, come on out and try short track. We have skates you can borrow in just about every size as well as safety gear. The first time is free! Saturday's ice time will be at 8:45AM, be at the rink by 8:15AM. Ice time for Wednesday practices will be 7:30PM - be there by 7PM. Newcomers are welcome at every practice, although not on race days. There are monthly races on a Saturday morning, and in January, a trip to Whitehorse for a camp and races. We are particularly looking for good teen skaters who want to try speedskating who can participate in the AWG "X Games" in Whiterhorse in 2016.
All practices are at the Harry J. Macdonald Center (called the "Mac Center") in Eagle River, Alaska. We have practices most Saturdays and Wednesdays from September through March. See the Calendar for details. Saturday sessions are an hour and a half and have more technique work and games. Wednesdays are one hour speed sessions and we do more intervals and relays, and usually don't play games.
Ice fees vary depending how they are paid, but in paying for 1/2 or full season it is about $20/session.
We have club skates and safety gear available in most sizes for use during practice sessions.
Welcome to the Alaska Speedskating club
Alaska Speedskating is the only speedskating organization in Alaska, and we are located in the Anchorage-Eagle River area. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting all forms of speedskating as a healthy individual and family activity. We do short track at the Mac Center in Eagle River, long track at the oval in Midtown Park, and when the weather and conditions align 'adventure' skates on frozen lakes. Explore this website, join our email list(s), and feel free to contact us with any questions.
Did you watch the Olympics and now you wanna speedskate?
First, check out the WannaTry page for general speedskating info. If you are new to skating, the best thing you can do is get agility on the ice. Just going to an open skate session at any rink will help get you the agility you need. Then join us for short track , or do long track , or better yet - do both! Then test yourself by entering the various races. It's a great way to see your progress!