Whether its indoors or outdoors, solo or with a club, novice or a seasoned veteran, the north country figure skater has plenty of options.
In St. Lawrence County, Cassie Laurence of the Northern Ice and Dance figure skating store in Potsdam said several towns have indoor rinks because of hockey programs in the area.
We have a lot of school programs that need the ice time, so the local rinks came from that, Laurence said.
It was a challenge to find a local rink in the past, but Laurence said the online world has made it much easier to locate a place to skate.
A lot of the skating rinks may not have been publicized, Laurence said. It used to be word of mouth, but thats changed with the rise of social media.
The Internet also has made it easier to find skating locations.
Joanna Loucky-Ramsey, a skating enthusiast from Norfolk, has put together a north country website (http://hiddenmeadowinn.com/localactivitie-attractions/recreation/winter-sports/ice-skating) so that she and her husband, Bill, can give back to the community.
The purpose was to do something comprehensive for people coming into the area that was in line with their interests, Loucky-Ramsey said.
If you dont want to be stuck inside, there are a variety of outdoor rinks in the area. The towns of Stockholm and Helena have them, and Lions Field in Clayton has been around for years.
Outdoor skating will return to the Watertown Fairgrounds as a part of the revived Snowtown USA festival that will start on New Years Eve. Erin Gardner, superintendent of the Watertown Parks and Recreation Department, said the buzz continues for the event.
The excitement for it is really growing, she said.
Gardner said the outdoor rink was put at the fairgrounds because of its central location. Skate rentals will be available in the Municipal Ice Arena.