From Texas never been to mountains much less ice skating. Great experience, as of 2-2014 opens 10:15a for tourists to come and give it a try. I am 38 - kids 9, 5 and 2 we all gave it a whirl and had a great time (pushing 2 yr old in sled helped mommy remain upright). Don't think you'll be surrounded by professional skaters our experience was a group of ppl trying to show their kids a good time. A bunch of us moms were hugging outer walls and watching our little ones (who were much braver than us) have a great time trying something new.
Bumper cars are additional reservations required limited cars 20 mins to push each other around the ice could not have been more fun. Great staff :)