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Learn to Skate

Southside Learn to Skate

Southside LTS provides opportunities for skaters of all ages and skill levels to achieve their individual goals by encouraging sportsmanship, support for one another, mutual respect, technical excellence, confidence, and the joy of the sport. We follow the curriculum of Learn to Skate, USA, preparing skaters for a lifetime love of skating and to help them achieve their goals beyond learn to skate whether it's hockey, figure skating, or general skating abilities.

Learn to Skate, USA is fully supported by USA Hockey, U.S. Figure Skating, and US Speedskating and is recognized as the world's best ice skating program.

Our Skate School Structure

Snowplow Sam Basic Skills Hockey Adult
Snowplow Sam is for our new and beginner level skaters ages 3-6 years old. Snowplow Sam includes 4 progressive levels, teaching young skaters how to stand up, march forward, balance and glide. Basic skills teach the fundamentals of ice skating including forward and backward skating, stops, edges, crossovers, and turns. It includes 6 progressive levels for skaters to achieve at their own pace. All skaters 6 and older will start in our Basic Skills group. Our hockey curriculum is designed to teach the fundamentals of hockey skating. Skaters will learn hockey stance, stride, knee bend, use of edges and other necessary skills to be successful in hockey practices and game situations. Skaters in our hockey group must have completed Snowplow Sam. Our Adult LTS Group is for skaters ages 18 and older who want to learn how to skate and/or improve on their current skating skills. This curriculum will cover quality skating pushes, balance, edges, stopping, and more! (CURRENTLY OFFERED ON OUR SATURDAY CLASS)

Registration Information

Cost and Payment

The cost for each 7 week session is only $84 per skater.  Skate rental is included.

Payment must be given on the first day of class at Check-In by either cash, card, or check.

LEARN TO SKATE SPECIAL:  All first time customers pay a special discounted rate of $50.00 for their first session (a savings of $34.00!) 


*Note: Session 4 is only offered at Southside Ice Arena*

After session 3 is complete, there will be no LTS classes at kentwood Ice Arena until next season this Fall

Session 4 Dates

Tuesdays Saturdays
February 20 March 3
February 27 March 10
March 6 March 17
March 13 March 24
March 20 No Class on 31st - Spring Break
March 27 April 7
No Class April 3rd - Spring Break April 14
April 10 April 21

*Membership Requirements*

Southside Learn to Skate participants MUST be registered with either USA Hockey or Learn to Skate USA to sign-up for one of our LTS sessions. 

Southside is affiliated with both of these recognized programs to ensure our skaters are learning the best curriculum and skills in the skating community.  Benefits of being registered with these organizations include a skating magazine subscription, world-class insurance coverage to provide peace-of-mind for all involved in the sport, online resources for parents and skaters, and other educational materials.


USA Hockey Registration

If your skater is 6 and under, USA Hockey Registration is FREE.   If your skater intends to pursue Hockey after Learn To Skate, they will need a USA Hockey Registration Number.

The cost is $45 per skater and your USA Hockey Registration is good for all sessions in the 2017-2018 Season: July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018. A copy of skater's birth certificate is required.

Register your skater at


Learn To Skate USA Registration

If you or your skater has a general skating interest, would like to pursue figure skating after LTS, or are an adult skater, then please register with Learn To Skate USA.

The cost is only $16 per skater and your LTS USA Registration is good for all sessions in the 2017-2018 Season: July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018.

Register your skater as a member of “Southside Skate School” at  


Click on the link BELOW to Register!

Learn to Skate Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect the first day of class?

Arrive 20-30 minutes early on the first day of class to be sure you are able to check-in your skater, pay for the session, get skates on, and bundled up before class.

All levels will meet their coach off ice on the first class of the session.

Parents are not allowed on the ice or in the hockey boxes during Learn to Skate. We kindly ask parents to sit in the stands during class.

What Group/Level should my skater start in?

All beginning skaters between 3 and 6 years old are placed in the Snowplow Sam Level 1 class.  All beginner skaters ages 6 and older will start in Basic Skills Level 1. On the first day our coaches will ensure that skaters are in the level that best suits their skills.

What do I wear? 

We highly encourage all skaters to wear helmets when on the ice. Helmets are required for skaters in Snowplow Sam and Hockey LTS Levels, and beginners at any level. 

Skaters are encouraged to wear layers, with a sweater or jacket, waterproof pants, gloves, and a hat/helmet.  As skaters warm up layers are often shed as the skater acclimates to the cold.  As you move through our program and into our hockey or figure skating programs the skaters may be encouraged to change attire, however that will be determined with time.  When it comes to ice skates, thin socks work best. 

What skates should I put my child in? 

If you have a new skater, we recommend figure skates for the first three sessions.  Figure skates the skater to balance a little easier when they are first starting out.  If the intention is to move the skater to hockey skates, speak with your coach to determine the right time for the transition and make sure the skater is aware of the differences between the two blades.  This will prevent frustration and will prepare the skater for success.

Skates should fit snug, we recommend one size smaller than the shoe size and thin socks or nylons are suggested.

Should I buy or rent skates?

It is advised to rent skates from the beginning. Once the skater makes the choice between hockey and figure skating, buying can then be discussed. Our coaches have a lot of experience and can point you in the right direction with the skate brand and collection.

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Danielle Bozio

Learn to Skate Director

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Session Locations

Southside Ice Arena

66 100th St SW

Byron Center, MI 49315

Kentwood Ice Arena

6230 Kalamazoo Ave SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49508