Ice skate, you skate, we all skate

This week, MSU will celebrate its 125th anniversary. As part of the Bobcat Birthday Bash, there will be many events to participate in and sights to see around campus, including a Ferris wheel and an ice skating rink. The rink is situated in the Hannon lawn and will be open from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 16 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 17 with various activities including curling, human bowling and a figure skating demo happening throughout the day. Open skate for the public will be between one and six p.m. and there will be free skate rentals provided.

What better way to celebrate MSU’s founding in 1893 and its rich history than to skate on campus. Ice skating is a popular off-slope activity in the winter and has a short learning curve. In a couple of hours, even if you have no prior ice skating experience, you can learn to glide on skates with minimal effort. If ice is not your thing, other outdoor activities include wagon rides as well as cross country skiing and fat bike racing.

For alternative skating options, Bogert Park, Beall Park and Southside Park ice rinks are currently open with a closing date set in early March. The rinks are available for use from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. during weekdays and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the weekends. If you’re looking to ice skate at a bigger venue for an extra cost, the Haynes Pavilion offers skating to the public for $5, and five more for rentals. The Outdoor Recreation Center on campus has cheaper options for ice skate rentals. The cost for skates is $4 per day and $6 for a weekend for students. All the ice rinks in town are great, but the Hannon rink is sure to be the most festive rink of all. Come check it out during MSU’s birthday weekend.

Montana State students Shane (Right) and Katie (Left) Delzer participate in the Office of Student Engagment’s “Sweetheart Skate” Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. Photo by Colter Peterson / MSU Exponent