Chaparral Ice Center

Chaparral Ice keeps ‘em cool when they’re out of school

By Kathy Goeke

The coolest camps in town are at Chaparral Ice! Beat the Texas heat and learn to ice skate at our award-winning spring break and summer camps, voted best sports camp in Austin by Camp Sloop subscribers.

Chaparral Ice offers three full-service day camps each year — Camp de Champs Spring Break Camp, Camp de Champs Summer Camp and Camp Avalanche Summer Adventure Camp. All camps offer a full day of activities including supervised ice skating, team building, games and, of course, fun!

Camp de Champs Spring Break Camp – March 18-22, $315

Camp de Champs Summer Camp – 11 individual weeks, June 3-Aug. 16, $315 per week

At Chaparral’s Camp de Champs spring break and summer camps, your child will spend the day learning how to ice skate with two classes taught by certified Learn to Skate USA coaches, plus up to four hours of supervised free skating each day.

Camp de Champs off-ice activities will help your camper achieve their skating goals and feature training techniques, warmups and conditioning exercises approved by U.S. Figure Skating and USA Hockey.

Activities throughout the week include team building, games, and arts and crafts such as puzzle-making, vision boards and miniature gardening.

Camp de Champs is based on skating, but campers also come just for a full day of fun.

Enroll online now at chaparralice.com. Spaces are limited and typically sell out early.

Camp Avalanche Summer Camp – 11 individual weeks, June 3-Aug. 16, $315 per week

Adventure is the name of the game at Camp Avalanche! Your child will skate and also discover the most outrageous quests Austin has to offer.

Each week, campers board the Chaparral bus for field trips to destinations including Typhoon Texas, Zipline Adventures at Candlelight Ranch, Quest Wakeboard and Water Adventure Park, Dart ‘Em Up and more.

Campers will visit nearby Austin parks for swimming, outdoor activities, games and exploring nature.

Campers will also enjoy several hours of supervised ice skating each day, with options to take the Camp de Champs classes for a small additional fee.

This is the perfect time for your child to ice skate, learn the basics and take flight on amazing adventures. Enroll online now at chaparralice.com. Spaces are limited and typically sell out early.

New hockey option

For hockey players, both camps will have hockey specialty classes four days a week, with Stick & Puck, Power Skating, and Skills & Drills to improve off-season expertise.

Sample daily schedule for Camp de Champs:

• 8-9 a.m.: Drop-off

• 9-10 a.m.: Snack, goal-setting and warm-up 

• 10 a.m.-12 p.m.: Skating lessons and practice

• 12-1 p.m.: Lunch

• 1-3 p.m.: Art project, games and warm-up

• 3-5 p.m.: Skating lessons and practice

• 5-6 p.m.: Pick-up

Camp Avalanche first day sample schedule:

• 8-9 a.m.: Drop-off

• 9-10 a.m.: Introductions, rules, get-to-know-you games 

• 10-11 a.m.: Skating

• 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Lunch

• 12-12:45 p.m.: Prep for skating, warm-up

• 12:45-2:15 p.m.: Skating

• 2:15-3 p.m.: Snack & break

• 3-5 p.m.: Skating, games

• 5-6 p.m.: Pick-up

Reviews from our customer satisfaction survey:

• “My daughter loved it!! Also she was able to improve her skating level and the staff was awesome very nice guys, thank you so much!!”

• “My daughter had a blast. It was her first ice skating camp and she enjoyed it. Thanks so much.”

Chaparral Ice is located at 2525 W. Anderson Ln., Austin. Visit www.chaparralice.com to sign up today!

Kathy Goeke is the director of Learn to Skate, figure skating programs and special events at Chaparral Ice.