Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Hit the Ice

Until Seattle gets an NHL team, it's up to you to carve the rink like a dating pro

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If there's one reason to be happy about the cold weather rolling in, it's ice skating.

There's really no better way to get closer to your girl than long orbits on the ice, hand-in-hand (no hip-checking obnoxious teenagers, please).

Ready to tie on the blades? Here's our guide to the top area rinks.

Winterfest Rink
Seattle Center's ice rink is the most popular in town, but that comes with a downside — school groups are common, and the ice can be crowded with wobbly tots. The answer? Go late. Winterfest stays open until 10p on Fridays and Saturdays, perfect for a romantic night skate.
Opens Sat Nov 23. Fisher Pavilion, 305 Harrison St, Queen Anne (206-684-7200). $7.

Lynnwood Ice Center
About 15 minutes north of the city, Lynwood is the preferred rink for more serious skaters. It's kept in great shape, and your admission gets you in for the whole day. The pros here also offer private lessons if you need to brush up on your form before your public debut.
Open now. 19803 68th Ave W, Lynnwood (425-640-9999). $7.

Chaplins Bellevue Volkswagen Ice Arena
The only outdoor skating in western Washington is right here, courtesy of an East Side auto dealership. Mondays and Saturdays are when the place gets packed, so cut out of work early and go mid-week.
Opens Fri Nov 29. NE 1st St and 108th Ave NE, Bellevue (425-453-3110). $9.

Highland Ice Arena
This year-round rink is showing signs of age (it's been open for half a century) but Highland still has tons of charm, especially for natives who remember coming here as a kid.
Open now. 18005 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline (206-546-2431). $7.

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