Bend is one of the best winter sport destinations in the country. And although skiing is the first sport to come to mind for many Bend offers a great selection of ice skating options as well.
Whether you’re new to ice skating and watch to enjoy an evening with the family or you’re looking to join a competitive hockey league then Bend has you covered. With both open skate rinks at some of the area’s resorts and community rinks in the middle of town, there are plenty of options to choose from.
In the middle of winter, once the ice has had the time to fully freeze, there are some great skating ponds to discover as well. Just bring a shovel to clear some space!
Ice Skating Rinks in Bend
Open November – April the Pavilion in Bend is conveniently located just across the Deschutes river from the Old Mill district. The covered outdoor space plays host to ice hockey leagues, curling, ice skating lessons, and open skate time.
The Pavilion is run by the Bend Parks and Rec district and offers probably the best ice skating rink in Bend.
For first time or occasional ice skaters, The Pavilion offers skate rentals for a small fee.
Seventh Mountain Resort off of Century Drive on the way up to Mt Bachelor offers ice skating at central Oregon’s oldest ice rink.
The ice rink at Seventh Mountain Resort is an outdoor rink so it offers an unforgettable experience on those bluebird days, starry nights, or snowy afternoons.
Skate times are offered in set sessions and the fees include a skate rental. There is a $5 discount if you bring your own skates though!
If you’re travels have you staying in Sunriver then the ice rink at the Village in Sunriver is a great place near Bend for ice skating.
The outdoor rink offers a family friendly environment that include skate rentals.
Ice skating followed by a trip to the Sunriver lodge to check out the holiday light displays make for a afternoon trip from Bend
The ice skating rink in downtown Redmond typically offers a slightly shorter skating season than the other rinks in the area. If you living in Redmond or are visiting Eagle Crest Resort then this ice rink is a great option.
Ice Skating Ponds around Bend
*when skating on ponds or sloughs use extreme caution and do not proceed if you don’t feel comfortable*
There are numerous ice skating ponds near Bend that are popular with the locals. Sloughs off of the Deschutes River south of town make for great skating opportunities after a week or two of cold temperatures.
Reynold Pond near Alfalfa and Mayfield Pond near Bend are usually reliable options. The areas east of town tend to be colder and receive less snow which makes for more favorable skating conditions.
Where to Rent or Buy Ice Skates in Bend
All of the rinks listed above rent out ice skates for their skate sessions.
Ice skates are also available to purchase at Dick’s Sporting Goods which is on the north end of town off of Highway 97.