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9 Stunning Natural Ice Skating Rinks

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9 Stunning Natural Ice Skating Rinks

By Blythe Copeland, TreeHugger

Imagine the sun on your face, the crisp air all around you, and the smell of fresh ice — and now imagine gliding along on skates without being forced to go around and around in a tiny oval rink. Instead, you can experience the great outdoors on one of these naturally frozen skating spots: Just you, the ice, and your skates.

The spots we’ve chosen here let you skate from the middle of cities to secluded rural spaces — and even in your own backyard. These are professionally maintained, and while you may find a frozen lake, pond, or river in your local park, you should always check with officials and take proper safety precautions before setting out.

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8:02AM PST on Feb 14, 2012

Thanks.

2:45PM PST on Feb 13, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

5:05AM PST on Feb 11, 2012

I learned how to ice skate on our frozen ponds on the farm in the winter.

10:34AM PST on Feb 7, 2012

I love Ice skating, learned from mom as she was in the Ice Capades. But we have had an unusual winter here in Chicago so I would not dare to try and skatew on ony of our lakes or ponds as it has not been cold enough to give us sufficient depth of ice.

8:32AM PST on Feb 7, 2012

Being poor and not being able to get out of the city can be a barrier to finding a natural skating rink but when I lived in Montreal Quebec Canada there was a man made pond that had water and ducks and the ducks were protected and fed but in the winter the pond that was quite a big one froze and we skated on that so I would say that was close enough.

3:38AM PST on Feb 7, 2012

I'm not much into skating, but I love the photos and would love to see these places in person. Just beautiful

2:56PM PST on Feb 4, 2012

Living in Canada makes it easier to create your own private rink - usually. However, today the trees in my yard feature "Spring" birds & there is no snow! My daughter is further north & is luckier - she can make her own rink. Let us hope that we finally wake up & abate the trend towards global warming in time! Then these pictures will not be 'unusual'...but feature something that we all have been priviledged to enjoy [in person]!

2:50PM PST on Feb 4, 2012

Living in Canada makes it easier to have your own private rink...usually! But in Toronto at present, the spring birds are already in my trees & there is no snow! However, my daughter is further north & has built her own rink. Love the pictures...but let us hope [& take action to ensure] that we can take the necessary actions to abate global warming!

12:58AM PST on Feb 4, 2012

not like winter cold-etc, but awesome pics!

12:21PM PST on Feb 3, 2012

wonderful

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