Top 10 ice skating rinks

It's not all indoor hockey rinks and Ice Capades. Here in the West, we skate with a spin

In the mountains
Photo by David Fenton; written by Rachel Levin

In the mountains

Squaw Valley USA, Lake Tahoe, CA

Twirl it up smack in the middle of the Sierra at 8,200 feet, surrounded by frosted peaks, black-diamond ski runs, and died-and-gone-to-heaven views of the sparkling big blue.

The scene: Parents toting toddlers by day, but after most chairlifts close, groups of parka-clad college kids and trying-to-be-romantic types pour out of the Aerial Tram for après-ski–and skating.

The inside scoop: The ice pavilion is at High Camp, which means after a few spins on the ice, you can put back a few pints before riding the tram back down the mountain.

Through Mar 18; squaw.com

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