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Northshire Skating Academy


Learn to Skate has two semesters, fall and winter. Fall semester for 2018 begins in October 31.

Welcome to Learn to Skate -USA

Come for Fun!

Northshire Skating Academy(NSA) follows the curriculum of Learn to Skate-USA. Our mission is to provide a fun and safe skating experience for all skaters, beginner to advanced, with programming endorsed by U.S. Figure Skating and USA Hockey. Our Skating Academy teaches correct skating technique while promoting physical fitness.


Learn to Skate-USA Information

Welcome to Northshire Skating Academy’s 2017/18 season with Learn to Skate-USA at Riley Rink. 

Last year we had over 300 students in our ice skating program and we’re growing.  This year we are adding valued incentives for our JISP Volunteers, a skating show in February and registration for all skaters with an Olympic sanctioned program called, Learn to Skate USA.  Membership includes insurance, badges, monthly magazine, a sticker book to monitor your child’s progress and much more.  Wednesday classes are now directly after school from 4:00pm-5:30pm, therefore students may come to Riley Rink and do homework, take a class, free skate before or after instruction and be home by 6:00pm. 

Fall classes begin October 24, 2017.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays we offer morning classes.  Wednesday classes are held after school and on Sundays we offer instruction just before the public session.  All students skating in Sundays Learn to Skate- USA program may enter the public session at no cost.  We provide instruction for all level students starting at age 3yrs and up to senior adults.  Private lessons are also available.  Level and class details can be found on our "class description" tab.

Full Scholarships are available for all programs.  Please inquire about the JL Scholarship application.  If you are interested, please apply before the deadline. Check with your schools front office for a copy, print from our website or call/email the rink directly and we'll mail one to you.  We have paper applications.

Registered skaters in the Learn to Skate-USA fall and winter  programs may ice skate while classes are in session with their siblings and parents only.   Family members must pay to rent skates if needed.


Rental Skates are included with registration in any program.

Learn to Skate Class fee: 99.00 for 7 week semester

 JISP Class fee: 129.00  8 week semester

See NSA tab for program details and description.

Learn to Skate Classes (see NSA tab for class details)

Tuesday Morning


Wednesday after school

4:00pm- 4:30pm   

Thursday Morning


Sunday weekend  


JISP: Tuesday-Friday 1:00pm - 2:45pm (see JISP tab)

For more information on morning, weekend or after school classes for kids of all ages including adults and seniors please contact Martina Grattan at or call 802-362-0150 ext 208


Northshire Skating Academy’s Class Dates

Fall 2017 semester for LTS  7 wks

Tuesday 10:00am-11:30am    10/24,  10/31,  11/7,  11/14,  11/21,  11/28,  12/5.

Thursday 10:00am-11:30am    10/26,  11/2,  11/9,  11/16,  11/30,  12/7,  12/14

Wednesday Classes 4:00pm-5:30pm   10/25,  11/1,  11/8,  11/15,  11/29,  12/6,  12/13

Sunday Classes 11:15am-12:45pm      10/29,  11/5,  11/12,  11/19,  12/3,  12/10,  12/17

Winter 2018 semester LTS  7 wks

Only on Wednesday 1/17 and 1/31 classes will begin 45 minutes earlier than usual, at 3:15.  You may prefer to attend a class on Sunday as a make-up or receive two free public session passes.

Tuesday 10:00am-11:30am           1/2,  1/9,  1/16,  1/23  1/30,  2/6,  2/13

Thursday10:00am-11:30am           1/4  1/11,  1/18,  1/25,  2/1,  2/8,  2/15 

Wednesday 4:00pm-5:30pm     1/10,  1/17(3:15-4:45pm),  1/24,  1/31(3:15-4:45),  2/7,  2/14,  2/28 

Sunday Classes 11:15am-12:45pm      1/7,  1/14,  1/21,  1/28,  2/4,  2/11,  2/25 

JISP  8 wks

Tuesday         1/2,  1/9,  1/16,  1/23,  1/30,  2/6,  2/13 and 2/27

Wednesday    1/3,  1/10,  1/17,  1/24,  1/31,  2/7,  2/14 and 2/28

Thursday       1/4,  1/11,  1/18,  1/25,  2/1  2/8,  2/15 and 3/1

Friday             1/5,  1/12,  1/19,  1/26,  2/2,  2/9,   2/16 and  3/2

NO LTS or JISP Classes Winter break week, 2/17-24, 2018

NO  LTS  Classes Nov 22nd, 23rd and 26th, 2017.  Also, December 18th – January 1, 2018

Schedule Changes & Cancellations

Due to bad weather or a power outage classes may be cancelled. No Refunds.

Learn to Skate USA

Official Learn to Skate Website

Learn to Skate-USA Membership

Please consider registering your child  for Learn to Skate-USA membership at

Q:  Is there a scholarship available?

A:  YES!  We encourage you to apply.  It is a brief application process.  No deadline for learn to skate classes but for JISP the scholarship deadline is 12/23/17.

Q: Should I wear hockey or figure skates?

A:  That depends on you.  If you've worn skates before it's usually a good idea to wear the same type as your muscle memory will help you regardless of how long ago you've skated.  Young children 3-5 yrs. I recommend "recreational skates" or figure skates.  The blade if flat and offers a toe pick for balance and getting up.


Q: What level should I (or my child) sign up for?

A: During the first two weeks of class our professional staff will evaluate skaters based on age and ability to ensure they are in the correct class. You will also find specific level information in our class description tab. 


Q:  Are helmets required?

A: Helmets are optional but highly recommended for skaters' safety. Bike, ski and hockey helmets are acceptable.


Q:  Can I come to 1 class?

A:  Yes, new and first time students are always welcome.  Fee is $20 per class(including rental skates and free time) for fall and winter semesters. However first check in with skating office so that your child will be placed in the correct class for their level.

Q: Do I need my own skates?

A:  Rentals are included in registration fee for all classes and yes, you may bring/wear your own skates. 


Q:  What should I wear?

A: Warm, layered, comfortable clothing (sweaters & sweatshirts are preferred to bulky, heavy jackets and long coats). Hats, gloves or mittens are a must!


Q:  How long are Classes?

A: Classes meet once a week for 30 minute.  All classes have an open skate time for practice.  Immediate family members are welcome to join registered students but must pay to rent skates. 


Q:  How long is a semester?

A: Fall and Winter Learn to Skate classes are 7 weeks. JISP is 8 weeks in 2018. 


Q:  How big are classes?

A: There is minimum of 2 students and maximum of 12 students per instructor. (consecutive levels may be combined)  Tot classes have a minimum of 8 students.


Q:  How do I know if a class is cancelled?

A: Cancellations and changes will be posted on our website's lesson tab.  Classes may be canceled due to bad weather, power outage or low enrollment.  No Refunds for any reason.


Q:  What are the deadlines?

A:   JISP online registration deadline date is Dec 23, 2017.  NSA's classes for Fall and Winter semesters have NO DEADLINE.   Scholarship deadlines apply only for JISP. Please visit Riley Rink for more details.

Q:  What is the Make Up Policy?

A:  Learn to Skate classes only; make-up classes are offered in the same exact level class on another day, space permitting with skating directors approval.  If a class is missed we offer NO REFUNDS,

Or, if a LTS class is missed and a make up class is unavailable there will be a onetime courtesy of two public session passes(not usable during holiday skate sessions) which has no expiration date.


Q:  What is the Refund Policy?

A:  NO REFUNDS. If you have questions, please contact the skating director or the general manager.