Location: 29612 Upper Bear Creek Road, Evergreen
Dates: Dec. 16 (weather permitting) to March 4. Closed Dec. 18-20.
Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 3-7 p.m.; Fri., 3-8 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun. from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Extended holiday hours start Dec. 21 and vary.
Cost: Admission is $6 for kids 4-17 years old; $7 for 18- to 59-year-olds; $7 for seniors 60 and up. Military price is $5.
More info: evergreenrecreation.com or 720-880-1300
Evergreen feels like a world away when you’re bundled up in Capitol Hill. But the 40-minute drive from Denver to Evergreen Lake could be worth the trip from pretty much anywhere if you consider its claim to the largest Zamboni-maintained outdoor ice rink in the world. According to Brad Bednar, lake house manager at Evergreen Lake, the staff researched other outdoor rinks across the world before making its bold assertion.
“You don’t find too many outdoor rinks in the U.S.,” said Bednar. “You can go out to Canada and Russia and they skate on rivers, but it’s not Zamboni-maintained.”
The 8.5-acre lake is divvied into several different rinks, including 12 hockey rinks and a family rink. The public rink is about “two or three hundred” feet wide and between 800 and 900 feet long, according to Bednar — plenty of room for you to do your best Michelle Kwan impression. If the chill gets to you (it is Evergreen, after all), huddle around the gas fireplace in the main hall of the lake house, which is big enough to warm dozens of skaters at a time.
Because the rink is outdoors, its usability depends heavily on the weather, so be sure to call the skating hotline (720-880-1391) before you load up the car.