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Twilight Skate Makes a Return

The Civic Center offers various open skates for the public
Graphic Credit: I. Wien

  Many students at West ice skate at the Civic Center. This year, the Civic Center has the option of the “Twilight Skate” as well as the “open skate.” Students can rent skates for $5 at the civic center. Open skate tickets are $5 and Twilight Skate tickets are $7. At the twilight open skate, you can expect bright lights, many colors, as well as customary music. Overall, the Civic Center’s “Center Ice Skate” is a great place to get together with friends and family.

  Lila Swan is a sophomore who frequently skates at the Civic Center. She enjoys skating at both the Twilight Skate and the open skate.

  “[Skating] feels like flying when you can do it well. The Twilight Skate is usually more crowded, but there is a little more ambiance with the lights on. I would recommend it because it’s a cool experience to skate in the dark,” Swan said.

  Swan is an experienced skater and used to do it competitively.

  “I did [competitively skate] for a while, I just took a break when COVID-19 hit, and I intend to return to it soon. It’s fun skating with friends who have never been skating because you can teach them,” Swan said.
  Addisyn Teal also skates at the Civic Center. While not a frequent skater, only going about twice a year, Teal enjoys it just as much. She likes the Twilight Skate most.

  “It’s fun to go with friends, bond with them and hang out. The Twilight Skate is cool because of all the lights, and [it’s] fun to go with a bunch of friends,” Teal said.

  Some say that there is quite a similarity between ice skating and skiing. Teal agrees with this and thinks that skating is easier to pick up as a skier.

  “The similarity between skiing and skating is you have to use your feet the most to slide around,” Teal said.

  Similarly, Brady Lewis acknowledges that you can use the skill set required for skating while skiing.

  “[Skating] is similar to how you move when you ski to lifts,” Lewis said.

  Lewis skates four to five times a week. He enjoys going skating with his friends and has considered skating competitively.

  “I would say the Twilight Skate is different because of the lights, and I think more people go to that one too,” Lewis said.

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