If you were to visit Boise 25 years ago, there would have been very few options for ice skating (actually, none). If locals wanted to ice skate in Boise, they would have had to make a three hour drive all the way to Sun Valley, Idaho. But now there are plenty of places to ice skate or play hockey in Boise, as well as in the surrounding area. Here are the places you can play hockey or go ice skating in Boise:
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Idaho Ice World was built in Boise the late 1990s, and has two regulation-sized ice rinks. The facility is owned and operated by the City of Boise and Boise Parks and Recreation. There are numerous programs at Idaho Ice World, including figure skating, ice hockey, curling, and public ice skating.
Idaho Ice World also has a restaurant, sort of. Although the restaurant space was previously a pizza shop, it is now run by the city. The food you can get there now is along the lines of soft pretzels and popcorn — so don’t expect dinner. The restaurant does serve beer and soda as well.
The restaurant overlooks the main rink, so if you are watching your child or another loved one, you can do so in a much warmer way.
Idaho Ice World is a great facility and such a great addition to Boise. There are hockey leagues, skating clinics, and plenty of other activities happening all year. From sunrise to late night, you will see people going in and out of Idaho Ice World.
CenturyLink Arena is quite different from Idaho Ice World. The building was also built in the late 1990s and is home to the ECHL hockey team the Idaho Steelheads.
The CenturyLink Arena also hosts a number of events, and used to also be home to the local minor league basketball team. The building is also attached to the Grove Hotel and Boise Centre, a local events center. Because of this, the ice at CenturyLink Arena is only installed for the Steelheads season each year.
CenturyLink Arena’s ice is regulation sized, but there is only one rink. Depending on the event, the arena’s capacity ranges from 4,000 to 7,000 people.
There are many opportunities each year to play hockey or ice skate at the CenturyLink Area.
Caldwell is a town located about 25 miles from downtown Boise, and they have become a great destination to visit for a day. In 2018, they installed a “skating ribbon” at Indian Creek Plaza, which became an instant hit in the area.
Just beware, the Caldwell skating ribbon became so popular that there was generally a wait to be allowed on, pretty much all of winter 2018.
Indian Creek Plaza’s ice skating will open Nov. 20, 2019.
Public ice skating takes place at all three venues during the winter, and at Idaho Ice World all year round.
You can find the public skating schedule and pricing for Idaho Ice World here.
Public Skating at CenturyLink Arena is a little more rare. But when it does happen, you can find the schedule here.
The Caldwell Ice Ribbon is outside, and so opens a little later in the season (November 20 this year). However, when it does open, you can find the full schedule here.
Figure skating in Boise is managed by Idaho Ice World and the Boise Figure Skating Club.
If you are interested in learning how to figure skate, or are a pro and looking for a new home, you can learn more about the Boise Figure Skating Club here.
Hockey in Boise is a little more difficult, because you can play hockey at both Idaho Ice World and CenturyLink Arena, and there are many different leagues.
Boise Adult Hockey
If you are an adult looking to play hockey in Boise, there are many options. Adults leagues take place year-round, and they have spaces for beginners and experts, and everything in between.
Adult hockey at Idaho Ice World is run, for the most part, by Boise Parks and Recreation. Leagues are formed multiple times a year, and there are A, B, C, and women’s teams.
You can also take Learn to Play Hockey if you’re looking for some instruction before you commit to playing for the first time.
There are also multiple opportunities for pick-up hockey through the year.
There are also adult hockey leagues at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, run mainly by the Treasure Valley Adult Hockey Association.
All Boise leagues require membership with USA Hockey.
Boise Youth Hockey
Youth hockey in Boise also has multiple different groups you can play with.
The Boise Youth Amateur Hockey Association (BYAHA) and City of Boise both run their own leagues. Although the BYAHA mainly caters to competitive hockey, the Idaho Ice World leagues are both competitive and for beginners.
Professional hockey came to Boise in 1997 after the CenturyLink Arena was built downtown. The Idaho Steelheads are an ECHL team in Boise whose season starts in October of each year and generally runs through April.
The Idaho Steelheads have won the Kelly Cup two times (in 2006-2007 and 2003-2004) and their conference championship five times. They joined the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) in 2003.
The ECHL is one step below the American Hockey League (AHL), which is one step below the National Hockey League (NHL). The Idaho Steelheads’ AHL affiliate is the Texas Stars and their NHL affiliate is the Dallas Stars.