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Learn to Skate USA Registration

summer 2022 learn to skate usa director

The Fergus Falls Skating Club is proud to introduce Tayler Thompson as its Summer 2022 Learn to Skate USA Director! Tayler is an alumni of the FFSC club and has been coaching group lessons and private lessons for a handful of years. Tayler has a background in business management and special education. She is a special education paraprofessional in the Fergus Falls elementary schools and many Fergus Falls families may recognize her. She looks forward to getting to know more of the Fergus Falls Skating Club families this summer! You can reach out to Tayler at 218-332-0196 or anytime! 


june 13-august 12, 2022
no ice the week of july 4th 


registration deadline is june 6, 2022




  • NEW FERGUS FALLS SKATING CLUB MEMBERS: A Learn to Skate USA membership is required to participate in ANY Learn to Skate Classes. Obtain a membership at or renew your membership using your current LTS USA number. This MUST be done before registering for classes through the Fergus Falls Skating Club. You will need to note your LTS USA membership number during the online registration process. If you are a returning participant, your LTS USA membership number is noted by your name on a spreadsheet that is available for review on our website at IF YOU PARTICIPATED IN THE FALL 2021 OR SPRING 2022, you already have a current membership and no action is needed HOWEVER, your current membership expires June 30, 2022. This membership will need to be renewed by July 1, 2022 to continue the session.
  • PARENT/TOT MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENT: Both the child and parent must be current Learn to Skate USA members.
  • Register by June 6, 2022 to avoid a $25 Late Fee. Registration closes on June 10, 2022. NO PAPER OR IN PERSON REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED. 
  • Below you can register for Learn to Skate USA GROUP Lessons and Learn to Skate USA PRIVATE Lessons. You will be required to indicate the name of your contracted private lesson coach during registration. If you do not have a private lesson coach but would like to take private lessons during Summer 2022, please note “Coach Needed” in this spot during the registration process. A FFSC representative will contact you to help you arrange a private lesson coach for your skater.
  • PRIVATE LESSON BLOCK PUNCH CARD NOTE: If you purchase a punch card for private lesson blocks, you are able to walk-on additional blocks once your punch card has been all used up. Walk-On rate is $25/hour. 
  • NO PRIVATE LESSON BLOCK WALK-ONS ALLOWED unless you have already purchased and used up a punch card. See note above.





  • Snowplow Sam, Parent/Tot, Basic Skills & Hockey Skills $90
  • Freeskate $160

ONLINE 2-PAYMENT OPTION: Half of your total registration fees are due at the time of online registration. The other half will automatically be withdrawn on July 1, 2022. You can also pay in full at the time of online registration.


  • SNOWPLOW SAM 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm (30 minutes group lesson & then 15 minutes practice time): Snowplow Sam levels are introductory classes that allow children ages 6 and younger with no prior skating experience to build confidence while learning the basic skills of skating.
  • PARENT/TOT 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm (30 minutes group lesson & then 15 minutes practice time):  This class is designed for our Snowplow Sam skaters and their parent to build confidence while learning the basic skills of skating TOGETHER! Please note that both the child and parent must be LTS USA members. 
    Basic 1, 2 & 3: 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm (30 minutes group lesson & 15 minutes practice time)
    Basic 4 & 5: 6 pm – 6:45 pm (15 minutes practice time & then 30 minutes group lesson)
    Basic Skills teaches the FUNdamentals of ice skating and provides the best foundation for figure skating, hockey and speed skating. There are six progressive levels. If your child does not have any prior skating experience and is age 7 or older, they will start in Basic 1 and will be assessed the first night to be placed in an appropriate Basic Skills level to begin their on-ice experience. If your child is age 6 or younger, please register for the Snowplow Sam level. 
  • FREESKATE 5:15 pm – 5:45 pm Off-Ice Practice followed by 6 pm – 6:45 pm On-Ice
    (On-Ice consists of 15 minutes practice time followed by 30 minutes of group lesson): Freeskate levels are designed for those that have chosen to specialize in figure skating. Each level is comprised of a variety of progressive skating skills, transitions, spins and jumps. Off and On Ice instruction will be provided for levels Pre-Freeskate and above. Skaters will be asked to provide their own jump rope.
  • HOCKEY SKILLS 6 pm – 6:45 pm (15 minutes practice time & then 30 minutes group lesson): The Hockey Skills curriculum is designed to teach the fundamentals of hockey skating in four separate levels.  Proper skating techniques for the game of hockey are the primary focus of the levels. All skaters must have completed Snowplow Sam 3 or Basic 2 to register for these classes.


Private Lesson Ice blocks are for all Learn to Skate USA levels and are purchased separately  from group classes. This is an excellent time for skaters to practice the skills taught in weekly group lessons. Practice helps skaters to increase progress, gain confidence and have fun with other skaters. Private lessons can be scheduled during these times with one of the FFSC professional skating coaches. Skaters who have passed Free skate 2 and up are eligible to skate on Advanced ice blocks. See Advanced form for more information.

Mondays 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Tuesdays 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • FULL 8-WEEK BLOCK PURCHASE: $140 per full block 
  • BLOCK-BY-BLOCK PURCHASE: $30 per daily session
  • PUNCH CARD PURCHASE: $112.50 per card. 5 punches/sessions per card. Walk-ons at a rate of $25/hour can be purchased once you have used up your card. NO walk-ons if you have not purchased a punch card. 

ONLINE 2-PAYMENT OPTION: Half of your total registration fees are due at the time of online registration. The other half will automatically be withdrawn on July 1, 2022. You can also pay in full at the time of online registration.

Where Do I Go the First Night?

You can enter through the doors from the back smoke stack parking lot or the old gymnasium (door E). We will be skating in the North rink which is accessible from the second floor of the arena. You will find benches in the hall to sit and put your skates on.  The floors have a rubber mat all the way to the ice.  The rubber mats may have small rocks and dirt on them from shoes. If you have guards, make sure you wear them to the ice to protect your blades.

Name Tags

We will have name tags that should be worn every practice.  These name tags will be found on a table in the hallway near the FFSC Office on the second floor of the arena.  Your child will need to be wearing their name tag to get onto the ice.  If your child doesn't have a name tag, please go to the registration table to get one.  Coaches will be at the door to direct skaters to their class and help those that need help.  Coaches will collect name tags after class and they will need to be picked up each week.  We will try to keep everyone informed as best as possible.  When a skater first registers, they start in Snowplow Sam or Basic One depending on the age of the child.  We will be sure to evaluate new skaters to get them placed in the correct level.  When your skater is ready to advance, we move them up to the next level in order to keep skating fun and challenging!

Learn to Skate USA Membership

  • Learn to Skate USA is the only beginning skating program in the world endorsed by U.S. Figure Skating, USA Hockey and US Speedskating.
  • After registering with Learn to Skate USA you will receive a record book to track your progress, a membership card, secondary sport accident insurance, a parent handbook and the Learn to Skate USA magazine filled with helpful information about all aspects of skating.  This should all be mailed to you!
Due to liability, your skater must be a registered member with Learn To Skate USA before stepping on the ice! Parents are also not allowed on the ice unless they are registered as a member with Learn To Skate USA!

Skates & Clothing

Make sure you have your skates sharpened!  If they are brand new, they still need to be sharpened.  If you sharpened them last year, they are probably due for a touch up.  Cullens Home Center/Fergus Home & Hardware sell & sharpen skates, sell guards and other skating supplies.  You can reach Dan Zierden at 998-5070.  The rink will also have skate sharpening.  For the start of the season some new arena staff members will be getting trained on how to do this and they will not be able to sharpen skates every night. Therefore, if possible, please drop your skates off during the day at the Park & Rec office in the lower lobby to get sharpened and then you can pick them up later that day or the next day if needed. Please dress your skater in warm layers. Heavy jackets and snow pants can be restrictive and difficult to move in. Tights, leggings, or cuddle dud type clothing under warm sweatpants is suggested for their lower body. A few layers on top with a warm sweatshirt or non-bulky coat is suggested for their upper body. Gloves and hats would be recommended as well. Snowplow Sam skaters are not required to wear helmets but recommended.  Bike helmets work great!            

Club Communication

We will be communicating by email (MailChimp) and Remind notification system (see more details below) so make sure you check the email you registered with online frequently!  You can also check our website at  Please also check for important information on our FFSC bulletin board at the rink. The ONLY time we cancel skating is when the rink is closed.  You can listen to the radio for cancellations, check your email, Facebook or our website. Notification of cancellations and other important reminders will also be sent out via Remind. To subscribe to text message notifications via the Remind notification system, please send a text to 81010 with the message @ffsk8.