North Carolina Has One Of The Best Ice Skating Rinks In The U.S.
To some, the winter season means the return of certain seasonal sports, like ice skating or ice hockey. For others, ice skating is a year-round sport. Regardless, Flight Gift recently detailed the best outdoor ice skating rinks in America, and a North Carolina destination made the list.
“There’s an ever-growing sense of anticipation for ice skating in the winter since it means gliding over large bodies of water where you normally couldn’t,” they explain.
In North Carolina, the success of the Hurricanes in the NHL has certainly increased the interest in hockey. The state is not always one of the first you think of for typical cold-weather, outdoor winter activities. Nonetheless, based in Raleigh, this team currently sits in second place (behind the New York Rangers) at 12 wins and 8 loses. Of course, the team’s Stanley Cup championship in 2006 did not hurt the growth of ice skating in North Carolina.
If you head west on Route 40 from the PNC Arena, you will arrive at the North Carolina destination named among the best outdoor ice skating rinks in the country.
Sugar Mountain Resort
Known for its great ski conditions, Sugar Mountain Resort in Sugar Mountain also has excellent ice skating options. “Sugar Mountain’s ice skating rink, with its endless rows of pine trees, is a must-see attraction in the US,” Flight Gift said, explaining how this skating area overlooks the beautiful Smokey Mountains. The ice rink at Sugar Mountain is a 10,000-square-foot refrigerated outdoor rink.
You do need to purchase a ticket to enter the ice skating rink (approximately $25). In addition, you can take lessons here. Better yet, this rink is near the tubing park if you want to hit both thrilling activities.
The Sugar Mountain Resort ice skating rink is open now. They offer sessions at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm, and 4 pm.