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.