When trying on a pair of skates, make sure they fit snugly and are not too tight or loose. It's important that your ankles are well - supported during any skating session. If your skates are too stiff or even too flexible you could be in real danger of turning your ankle and causing damage to your feet.
In the ice skating world, the quality of your ice skate is essential. A decent skate can be pricey but having the support of a quality skate is necessary to keep your skater safe. Please do not buy ice skates from Amazon, Model's or Dick's. Ice skates that resemble a ski boot or are expandable ice skates are not sufficient for a learn to skate class. Buy from a specialist store and seek expert advice wherever possible.
Of course, you don't need to invest in a pair of skates. If you're not too keen on the investment, ice skates can be rented through the Pavilion for beginners. For younger beginners hockey skaters (Age 3, 4, 5), we recommend starting in rental figure skates because they are easier to learn in. Once your skater can skate with confidence, then switch them over to hockey skates and they can achieve their full potential. As your skater progresses, they will require a stronger ice skate and better blade to learn new difficult elements and beginner jumps and spins.
Below is a chart of recommended skates for each figure skating level. A professional coach or specialty skate shop may recommend that your skater get a higher or lower level boot depending on your skater's height and weight.
We recommend visiting Skate Pro located inside the Pavilion, 3080 Arthur Kill Road
To have the best experience when purchasing your ice skates, make a fitting appointment via phone (540) 520 - 8160 or email them at Skatepronyc@gmail.com
Below is a chart of recommended skates for each figure skating level. A professional coach or Skate Pro may recommend that your skater get a higher or lower level boot depending on your skater's height and weight. A new skate fitting appointment typically takes an hour and 30 minutes. Beginner skates will cost between $90 - $120 depending on the strength of the skate needed.
Basic 3 (Younger)
|Riedell Opal, Riedell Pearl or Jackson 150
Basic 3 ( Older)
|Riedell Emerald, Jackson Excel or Jackson 450
Pre - Freeskate
|Jackson Excel or Jackson Mystique
Jackson Mystique, Jackson Artiste, Jackson Elle, Jackson Freestyle