Indoor and Outdoor Winter Sports

The coolest places in town



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Avoid Cabin Fever with some cool new adventures with family and friends this season.

Ice Rinks

Fairfield Ice Academy

85 Mill Plain Road, offers indoor skating at its best – lessons, figure skating, ice hockey, public open skate time, groups/schools private skating, camps, birthday parties and disco ball night skating for teens. 3 year old through adults are welcome. All necessary equipment is available for rent including full hockey gear. The Sportsplex offers a wide array of year round activities. “The Fairfield Ice Academy is a perfect place to learn to skate or play hockey,” said Tamara Guarino, Director. “Our two smaller surfaces are very personable making the experience unmatchable. Many hockey players and goaltenders come here to improve their game and take them to the next level.”

Chelsea Piers in Stamford

Offers a whole host of year round activities along with its indoor Ice Skating and Ice Hockey programs. A ‘learn to skate’ program is offered to 3+ year olds, as is a ‘buddy & me’ skate for 3-6 yr. olds and their parent/caregiver.

The Dorothy Hamill Skating Rink in Greenwich
Darien Ice Rink
Sono Ice House in Norwalk

Offer a variety of programs including; skating lessons, figure skating, ice hockey, public skating time, stick & puck time, clinics, birthday parties/ private ice rental, skate sharpening and equipment rentals. Most also offer a concession area.

Prefer to be in the great outdoors? There is plenty to do for those ‘No Child Left Inside’ families.

Watch the sun set while you skate beside the beautiful Long Island Sound at The Westport P.A.L Rink at Longshore (260 Compo Road South) which opens Friday, November 23rd. Lessons, public skating, ice hockey, figure skating, private ice rental  for parties and events, and season passes are available. A concession stand is also on the premises. In addition a Premier Sports Hockey Classic outdoor camp will be held Dec 26-30th. All ages and skill levels are invited to participate. For more info on Longshore please visit wpalrink.com. For more info regarding the hockey camp please visit snipercamp.com.

Pond Skating

Offered at Gould Manor Park and Owen Fish Park both in Fairfield. The Park Dept. measures the thickness of the ice daily and will post when it is safe to skate.

Ice Fishing

Fairfield County is home to 240 lakes. The CT Aquatic Resources Education (CARE) program will introduce you and your family to the sport of ice fishing! State Certified Instructors will teach you everything you need to know. Classes include an instructor lead fishing trip. All tackle and equipment is provided free of charge and family fishing courses are available. Classes begin in January 2013. For more information or for the class schedule please visit www.ct.gov/dep and enter CARE in the search box or call Island Fisheries at 860.424.FISH/ the CARE center at 860.663.1656. Also visit fishingworks.com for more Ice Fishing information.

Hiking, Snowshoeing and Cross Country Skiing

For guided outdoor adventures of this type in Connecticut please email The Bredeson Outdoor Adventures Co. at info@bredeson.com or call toll free 866.533.4361. In addition the hilly state forests and state parks in CT offer lots of places to get out on Cross Country Skis. Pierrepont State Park, Rt 116 in Ridgefield (203.431.2577), The Norwalk River Valley Trail (which can be accessed on the North side of the Maritime Aquarium and also from Matthews Park and Union Park) and the Booth Memorial Park in Stratford each offer miles of winter wonderland trails. For a full list of trails in your neighborhood please visit traillink.com.

Sled Riding

Always a winter family favorite! Cummings Park in Stamford, Bunnell High School in Stratford, Gould Manor Park, Sturges Park and Tunxis Hill Park in Fairfield each promise sledding squeals of delight and fast rides. For more information please visit sledriding.com.

Frost Biting: the sport of sailing in cold weather

Dry suits recommended, this is a wonderful winter adventure! Onto ‘No child left ashore’ weather permitting. First known in 1965, a single sailor can enjoy winter sailing in the Sound in a small boat (some of which may be: a Laser, an Etchell, an Ideal 18, JY14’s, or JY 15’s) from November through March. Many Ct yacht clubs offer Frostbiting during the fall and winter months.

Stonington Harbor Yacht Club (Jim Hicks, jmh@ansleygroup.com)
Mystic River Yacht Club in Essex
Frostbite Yacht Club in Essex (Mark Kondracky, mrk399@aol.com)
Milford Frostbite – boats are available for newcomers
Fayerweather Yacht Club, Bridgeport
Pequot Yacht Club, Southport (Gardner Horan, gardner.horan@ge.com)
Cedar Point Yacht Club, Westport (Joe Nice, jnice1@optonline.net)
Norwalk Yacht Club, SoNo
Stamford Yacht Club (203.323.3161)
Indian Harbor Yacht Club, Greenwich (David Foster 203.869.2484 X.13)
Riverside Yacht Club (203.637.1706).

For more information on Frostbiting opportunities please visit windcheckmagazine.com. “Our programs been going since 1968 and the boats we use are Fayerweather Dinghy’s and they were designed at Fayerweather. They look like optimist prams but they’re really not, they carry double the amount of sails,” said Terry Roach of Fayerweather Yacht Club. “They’ve developed through the years to where we have them today. They’re very exciting little boats to sail because they’re so overpowered. It’s very very friendly and it’s addictive.” Safety boats are in attendance and frost biters compete in friendly races. For more information please visit each yacht clubs website or ctcommunityboating.org or call 855.99BOATS.

Wishing you Happy Holidays and many new adventures!

 

 

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