Westgate Entertainment District celebrates the winter even with Glendale’s comparatively-balmy holiday season.
Skate Westgate is the West Valley’s only outdoor rink with real ice. It is 3,500 square feet and allows people of all experience levels to strap on skates and enjoy a bit of cold in a safe environment.
“We wanted to create an unforgettable winter wonderland for West Valley residents to come and enjoy this season, which includes our holiday tree lighting ceremony, horse-drawn carriage rides, visits with Santa, and of course, Skate Westgate,” said Alex Doan, marketing coordinator at Yam Properties, which operates the rink.
“It’s very exciting to make ice skating in the desert a reality, especially not having extremely cold weather conditions. But, we always manage to make the impossible, possible. We also invite all skill levels to come and join us on the rink, which is always fun to see.”
Skate Westgate, Doan said, provides many visitors with their first attempt at strapping the skates on and hitting the ice. There are also several people she has come to know over the years, as they are often the first to hit the ice when it opens, coming consistently until it closes down for the spring.
While there are regular participants she says every year, there is nothing quite like seeing a first-timer learn the skills and begin to enjoy themselves, with the assistance of several helpful teachers and staff.
“Despite the initial hurdle of adjusting to the ice, we find skaters have fun learning and figuring out the proper techniques to glide safely, while still having fun,” Doan said.
The rink is not just a fun experience for hundreds of customers every season. The businesses surrounding the area, especially restaurants and bars, love Skate Westgate, too.
Whether just needed to refuel after the exercise, or simply wanting a hot drink after spending time in the cold, the locals are appreciative of the extra foot traffic.
“Westgate tenants love the influx of customers and they are always ready to accommodate skaters before and after they hit the ice with plenty of delicious food options and festive beverages,” Doan said.
Skate Westgate is open every day until Sunday, Jan. 12. For more information visit westgateaz.com/skate/.