Recreation Outdoors

Feeling Cooped Up? City Ski Trails, Skating Rinks Are Ready

winter rec activities available around Eau Claire

V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth |

LET'S JUST CHILL. Skating at Pinehurst Park in Eau Claire.
LET'S JUST CHILL. Skating at Pinehurst Park in Eau Claire.

Chippewa Vallians, get out those skates and skis – the winter is ready.

The City of Eau Claire’s Parks, Recreation & Forestry Division announced Tuesday that all of the city’s ski trails were open and groomed. That includes Carson Park, the City Wells, Fairfax Park, Northwest Park, and Pinehurst Park.


Park crews are flooding the city’s ice rinks (although there’s still some grass poking through in places). Warming shelters at Boyd, Pinehurst, Putnam Heights, and Roosevelt will be open and supervised from noon to 7pm from Tuesday through Monday, Jan. 2. Come on down to skate or take part in indoor games and crafts if you’d rather. (Note: After the end of winter break for Eau Claire public school students, the regular skating schedule will be 4-7pm Monday-Friday and noon-7pm Saturday-Sunday.)

The city also has unsupervised rinks at Demmler, Sam Davey, Mitscher, Newell, and Oakwood.


Winter gear is available to borrow for free at Pinehurst Park during supervised warming shelter hours. Items include snowshoes, sleds, hockey/sledding helmets, kubb, pucks, hockey sticks, broom ball, and skate trainers.


Hobbs Ice Arena (915 Menomonie St.) will host School’s Out Open Skating from Tuesday-Friday, Dec. 27-30, from 11am to 1pm and 1:15pm-3:15pm. Admission is $4.25 per session, $8.50 for both sessions, or use your EC RecPass. (Skates are available to rent for $4.25, but people are encouraged to bring their own skates because quantities are limited.)


Winter conditions change often, so keep up with info on ski trails and such on the Facebook pages of the City of Eau Claire Parks, Recreation & Forestry Division and the Eau Claire County Parks & Forests.