3779 Pickett Rd., Fairfax, VA 22031
Am I required to wear a face mask?
Wearing a face covering at the Fairfax Ice Arena is optional for fully vaccinated people. We require properly wearing a face covering inside the facility, on and off the ice, if you have not been fully vaccinated, and for our guests under 12.
What do I do on the first day of my group lessons?
Arrive 15-20 minutes before your scheduled group lesson. When you arrive, check-in at the lessons office, and get skate rentals and helmets at the skate rental counter.
Parents, guardians and caretakers of new students must attend an orientation. The orientation will be held in the lobby during the first 10-15 minutes of the students' first day of class and will go over important information.
For your second class and the rest of your classes, students should proceed to get their skate rentals and helmet from the skate rental counter and meet their coach on the ice.
What should I wear to class?
Wear clothing to keep you warm and dry, and is easy to move in; thin or medium weight long socks; gloves and a jacket. Dressing in layers is recommended.
Helmets and protective gear is recommended for beginner skaters of all ages. We have free helmet rentals available at the skate rental desk. Students may bring their own bicycle helmets that are round in the back. Knee and elbow pads without an outer plastic shell is recommended. Beginner level students can expect to be sitting and kneeling on the ice, and touching the ice.
What is included with the group lessons?
Depending on your skating level, classes consist of 7 or 10 30-minute lessons once a week, skate rental, 7 or 10 practice sessions which are public skate session admissions and skate rental; and a test on the last day of your class.
When are group lessons held?
We have group lessons on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays or Saturdays. Hockey clinic classes are held on Sundays. Each series of group lesson and hockey clinic is held once a week during the specific day and time with a starting and end date. The schedule for available upcoming group lessons are online.
What level should I sign-up for?
Group lessons are divided into age groups (4–6 year olds, 7–13 year olds, and 14 & up) and levels. Levels begin at Tot 1 and 2 for ages 4–6, and Pre Alpha for ages 7–13, and 14 & up. Beginner levels are recommended for individuals who have had little to no professional instruction.
If you are not a beginner and are unsure of which level to register for, please contact us.
How do I know if I graduated a level and what level I should go to next?
Students receive a test on the last day of their group lesson series. Each student receives a graded test sheet where the coach makes a recommendation for the next group lesson level to register for.
Students in our freestyle group lessons are tested for the maneuvers section only and can register for the next level without the program section of the test. However, you cannot purchase your ISI freestyle badge until you complete a solo program. During the class, ask your instructor for more information on how you can be tested for the solo program portion of your freestyle level test.
If you have completed skating lessons at another ice rink and are unsure which level to register for with our group lessons, please contact us.
What are practice sessions / practice card and how do I use it?
Practice sessions / practice card are public session admissions and skate rentals that are included in the price of your group lesson ( i.e. a 7 week program receives 7 public session admissions and skate rentals). The Lessons Office issues a card of practice sessions to current students. Your card can be picked up at the Lessons Office on your first day of class. Your practice card expires on the last day of class which is noted on the card. Students and parents / guardians of students are responsible for their practice cards. Fairfax Ice Arena is not responsible for forgotten, unused, lost, stolen or damaged cards.
To use your practice session card you must present your card to the Box Office and present it to the skate rental counter to claim your rental skate.
I forgot my practice session card, can I still skate the public session?
Remember to bring your practice session card to skate the public session. Fairfax Ice Arena is not responsible for forgotten, unused, lost, stolen or damaged cards. The Box Office administers public session admissions and skate rental. If you do not have your practice card to present to the Box Office, you must pay for admission and skate rental to skate the public session. The sale is final and no refund for the paid admission and skate rental will be issued at a later time in exchange to mark your card.
I have used up all my practice session card and my class isn't over, but I want to skate.
If you have used up your practice card and would like to attend more public skate sessions, you must pay for public session admission and skate rental. You may also purchase our discount skating card at the box office during public skate hours. The discount skating card is $70 and is good to use for 10 admissions at any of our public skating sessions. The discount skating card does not include skate rental cost of $4 per person.
I have lost my practice session card. Can I get a new one?
Students and parents / guardians of students are responsible for their practice session cards. Fairfax Ice Arena is not responsible for forgotten, unused, lost, stolen or damaged cards. To attend public skate sessions, you must pay for public session admission and skate rental. You may also purchase our discount skating card at the box office during public skate hours. The discount skating card is $70 and is good to use for 10 admissions at any of our public skating sessions. The discount skating card does not include skate rental cost of $4 per person.
How many times should students practice?
We recommend that students practice on the ice at least once a week and off the ice daily. Parents can speak to the instructor directly before or after class for any practice recommendations.
Can I miss more than one class?
We have a one make-up class policy per group lesson series based on class availability and is not guaranteed. We do not recommend missing more than 1-2 classes of your group lesson series. There are no credits or refunds for missed classes.