On a day when frigid temperatures frosted South Jeffco, parents braved the snow and cold to give their kids a chance to play on the ice.
Dozens of beginning ice skaters took to the rink at The Edge Ice Arena on Saturday for Foothills Park and Rec’s Give Ice Skating a Try Day.
The aim of the free lesson and skate rental is to spark a life-long love for being on the ice, said Lezlea Zessin, Foothills’ figure skating director.
“It gets people excited about skating and gives them a chance to try it without having to pay,” Zessin said. “We hope it sparks a life-long love for skating.”
Melissa Eframo brought her son, 6-year-old Christian, for his first lesson. Eframo said Christian wanted to learn how to play hockey.
“Since it was free today, we wanted to check it out,” Eframo said.
“It’s cool,” Christian said. “Skating is fun.”
While the kids hadn’t yet mastered double axels and toe loops, most had advanced past wobbly knees and bending ankles. Almost all were able to limbo under a hockey stick.
For Zessin, who’s been skating for 47 years, teaching a new generation of skaters reminds her of when she first glided onto the ice.
“When I’m teaching the kids, I’m seeing the joy that I felt when I was 5 years old — and the joy I still feel skating today,” Zessin said. “It’s the feeling of fresh air blowing in your face and moving under your own power and gliding across the ice.
“When you’re skating, you get to fly on your own.”
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