The issues with places such as the Icehouse typically revolve around the skates. They get used and abused, and frankly, to ensure people come back it could be argued that new skates should be introduced at regular intervals. Finance permitting!!!
Being an old (and I mean old) skater having achieved great success in competing for the state - some 37 years ago! - I still enjoy skating but time is against me with work etc. This said, having visited Icehouse twice in the past 2 weeks I feel inspired to get back into it, irrespective of the facility being quite some way from home.
Unfortunately the best multiple session offer they have is a 10 admission ticket, as opposed to what used to be offered at Ringwood Iceland 'back in the day' at which point they offered quarterly unlimited tickets. Nonetheless, I have decided that I will buy some new hockey skates (due to the hire skates being a little under par and certainly not sharp) and start living my early years once again - just at a lot slower pace.
Bottom line; ice skating is a brilliant sport, whether one simply skates for fun, gets involved in figure skating or Hockey, or like me Speed Skating, but what really makes it is owning a decent quality pair of skates. We will see how my enthusiasm goes once I have some quality skates, have tried (perhaps in vain) to improve my fitness and have completed a few sessions. Perhaps I will see some Tripadvisor contributors there.
P.S Staff are terrific, the ice is of an excellent quality, the place is clean, the toilets terrific and there is even a restaurant upstairs to watch others making a fool of themselves :-)
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