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Where you will start

Snowplow Sam 1-4 invites children age 6 and younger to learn the joys of ice skating in a safe, introductory setting. Young skaters will have fun while learning how to fall and get back up, how to march across the ice and ultimately build confidence in themselves and their abilities. The classes, divided into four progressive levels for kids with no prior skating experience, help preschool-age skaters develop the coordination and strength to move across the ice.

Upon completing the Snowplow Sam curriculum, skaters can enter Basic Skills at their corresponding level or move on to pursue a specific discipline.

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Basic Skills


The Basic Skills curriculum is available to skaters over the age of 6 who are taking their first steps on the ice. Instructors use engaging activities to teach the FUNdamentals of ice skating. The six progressive levels introduce forward and backward skating, stops, edges, crossovers and turns with agility, balance, coordination and speed as main focuses. Through these skills, skaters enter the first stage of skills to begin exploring the world of skating.

Upon completing the Basic Skills curriculum, skaters will be set up to choose whatever path in skating they desire. Whether they’re looking to land an Axel, score a hat trick or speed across the finish line, Basic Skills sets skaters up for success.

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The U.S. Figure Skating Aspire program is the bridge between learn-to-skate group classes and U.S. Figure Skating membership. Through the development of athleticism and artistry, skaters build a solid skill foundation that drives success on and off the ice.

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Learn to Skate USA® is the premier skating program in the country, and their mission is to provide a fun and positive experience that will instill a lifelong love of skating. Learn to Skate consists of two segments- Snowplow Sam and Basic Skills Curriculum

Where you can go

Testing and competing work differently in United States Figure Skating (USFS) and the Ice Skating Institute (ISI).

TESTING and Competing


In USFS, testing is an integral part of the progression through the skating levels. Skaters undergo tests to demonstrate proficiency in various elements, such as jumps, spins, footwork, and dance patterns. They are judged based on specific criteria, and successful completion of a test allows the skater to advance to the next level. These tests are usually conducted by certified judges or coaches recognized by USFS.

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ISI operates differently in terms of testing. While they do have a testing system called the “Badge Program,” it is less formal and more focused on a reward-based system for recreational skaters. ISI emphasizes fun and participation, with badges and certificates awarded as skaters achieve certain skills and accomplishments.

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