Ice Castle International Training Center
Ice Castle International Training Center was founded by former Ice Folies star Carol Probst and her husband Walter. Together they created the only true complete training center in the world. The Ice Castle facility is nestled in the forest at an altitude of 5,400 feet in Southern California's San Bernardino Mountains, less that two hours east of Los Angeles. This is only 80 miles from Los Angeles, but it's an entirley different world with fresh air, blue skies and a full cycle of four seasons.
Almost from conception, Ice Castle Internatonal Training Center has attracted the world's finest skaters and coaches since the dedicated figure skating rink was opened in 1988. Olympic Champion Robin Cousins from England began a long line of notables in the skating world to teach and/or train here.
Coaches such as Frank Carroll, Irina Rodrina, Peter Oppegard, and other luminaries made Ice Castle home to skaters such as Lu Chen, Nicole Bobek, Surya Bonaly, Bourne and Kraatz, and Klimova and Ponomarenko. Ice Castle has become a host to many other Olympic, World and International skaters who come to draw on the remarkable talent concentrate at this facility. Michelle Kwan trained here for over 10 years with her coach, Rafael Arutyunyan. Three time World Pair Champions and 2010 Olympic Gold Medalist, Shen and Zhao, as well as 2008 World Champions Jeffrey Buttle and Mao Asada have made Ice Castle their home.
The reasons Ice Castle is so popular are not hard to identify. An international size rink (185' x 85'), superbly maintained, having no hockey boards around it, giving the rink an open, spacious feeling, with views into the surrounding woods all around. Ballet-style mirrors across one end provide the opportunity to evaluate technique and choreography. Equipped with cross-rink jump harness and ballet bar, high-altitude indoor training, and world-class coaches, Ice Castle provides a deep experience so that every skater, from the novice first stepping onto the ice to the world-class competitor, can train and grow under one roof at a consistent pace.
Our schedule is almost entirely devoted to freestyle sessions, graded by ability level and by discipline (singles, pairs, and dance). There is plenty of time to get in the necessary lessons and practice.
Had a great time skating there. Michelle Kwan's coach was there most of the days and it was cool watching him teach. There are some great skaters there and watching them train was fun. I did quite a bit of skating myself. The ice was nice. They take good care of the ice. There is a mirror and exercise barre there to use to better your skating. If you love skating, Ice Castles is the place to visit. It was a lot like my rink here at home but to know some of the elite skaters trained there, made it even more fun. If you are new, make sure your skates fit properly and wear the proper gear. Take a private lesson or two, they are very helpful and I advanced very quickly that way.
Awesome I loved it and that's coming from a picky kid 👏👏
So sad to see such an iconic Figure Skating Training Center shut down. Really hope it doesn't stay that way!
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I have waited all my life to visit Ice Castles. In October our family took a 2 week vacation and visited Ice Castles many times. I found the people there to be extremely helpful. My son and I needed a ride to our chalet and as we were looking into finding a taxi, a kind coach :) Anthony, gave us a ride! Bob, Doug, Rick, and all the others were very nice. The skaters skated fast but on freestyle as other rinks, you are supposed to be at a certain level to skate then because they are training for competitions etc. I found the skaters to be very friendly. We went to a few public sessions and they were fun too! My son, 21, he has skated 5 months and loved it very much. Thanks you guys for the time of our lives. We hope to see you next year :D I am just glad I had the chance to skate there many times :D