I, for years, have skated using Dutch ice skates that I bought while I lived in the Netherlands. They are great in that you strap them on to whatever shoes you are wearing (I use hiking boots for ankle support and they are way more comfortable than if I used “regular” ice skates). The blades are really thin so that bumpy ice is less of an issue.
I have 2 pairs - one like the picture below and one with longer blades at the front end of the skate. The ones with the longer blades are used for racing and are harder to turn in (I don’t race but used them when I lived in the Netherlands and skated outside there.
@Kidsandliz OMG! As i was whining about below, i have short (41) but wide (4E) feet… i haven’t been able to find skates that fit me in decades (since i had kids). THIS might just the the answer to my prayers. Wonder if they allow them in public rinks… well, when any of us are again allowed in public rinks.
@yakkoTDI I take it you live in FL for GA to be “up north”? You do know there are such things as indoor rinks. Right? We even had one here (got sold for indoor soccer) in a borders the gulf of mexico state.
When I was much, much younger, my family and I used to go snow skiing in Keystone, Colorado. The area had (has?) a large ice skating lake, as well. As a kid, I got quite good at it. One day I was skating with a group of kids while the skid-steer loader was clearing snow off the ice, and we all got the brilliant idea to get on our hands and knees and push the snow into piles, so it was easier for the loader operator to clear it away. This worked well until the girl in front of me backed up and gouged my face with one of her skate blades. I didn’t feel pain until someone showed me a mirror. I now have a permanent scar in that spot on my face, some 20 years later…though I consider myself very lucky, as had that blade hit me just an inch northwest, I’d have lost my left eye! That said, I’d healed up quick enough to get back on the ice by the end of that trip, and I was none the worse for the wear. I’d love to go skating again at some point in my life.
i grew up in Alaska and pond skating was one of my favorite wintertime activities. One day i got sent to the nurse while in primary school because i was running a 101F fever… it was the end of the day, so i just went home… but didn’t tell my dad ANYTHING about it because i so wanted to go skating that day after school… so yup, 2 hours of skating in sub-freezing temperatures with a 101+ fever… i ended up missing almost a week of school. Totally worth it.
But, as i’ve gotten older, my wide width feet have gotten even wider - especially after 2 pregnancies. Finding ice skates in size 41 (8.5 women?) in 4E width is almost impossible in the ‘off the rack’ stores (i’ve never found them, but they may be there somewhere) and i can’t afford custom skates… so, i have not been able to ice skate for decades now.
I took an ice skating class in undergrad. One day while trying to do a Mohawk I fell and smacked my cheek bone on the ice. As I stood there sobbing as a bruise formed one of my classmates told me I should put some ice on it. I responded with “I just did.” I got a few laughs.
Growing up in South Florida, we only saw ice skating on TV. After they put a hockey team in Ft. Lauderdale, there were a few indoor rinks built, but I never had the urge to see them. Just like we only ski on water, ice skating is not a thing.
hate it & am bad at it…presumably. i’ve never tried and have no desire to, based on my inability to rollerskate/rollerblade. not interested in skiing either. prefer to just move my legs and feet on the ground the regular way. and even then when there’s ice i have enough anxiety as it is