Local and National Figure Skating Resources 

  • International Skating Union (ISU): Is the international governing body for all competitive ice skating disciplines. It was founded in the Netherlands in 1892, and is now based in Switzerland.
  • Michigan Tech Community Skating Programs: - Two different community programs are offered to adults and children, depending on the skaters ability.
    • Learn to Skate offers a fun, challenging, and rewarding beginning skating classes for all ages and abilities, including adults. Students learn at their own level with others in their age group; classes are available for preschool (3­–5 years) and basic levels 1–8 (6 years and up). Includes both a 25-minute lesson and a one-hour practice session.
    • Skate-Up transitions skaters in to figure skating and teaches skating skills at a faster pace. Each 50-minute lesson, taught in a group format, covers the major US Figure Skating disciplines: Moves in the Field, Dance, and Freestyle. The class is considered a “bridge program,” transitioning skaters from the Learn to Skate program to the Figure Skating Club.
  • Michigan Tech Adult Skating Program: Is a lunchtime program that welcomes beginner through intermediate adult ice skaters in a weekly 50 minute session that includes 25 minutes of lessons tailored to your ability level - This program is not currently being offered.  
  • Clothing and Costumes: 
  • Purchasing and Maintaining Skates: Here are a few resources for purchasing and maintaining your figure skates.  The two primary sharpening resources in the Copper Country are:                                   
    • Center Ice Skate & Sports (1-906-482-3428) - Riedell Figure Skate retailer. Sharpens figure and hockey skates. You can usually just walk in and drop drop the skates off and pick them up later. They are conveniently located in downtown Houghton.  Deb and Paul have had their skates sharpend here, and have been very happy with them.
    • Rudy Gemignani (1-906-231-1008) - Contact Rudy to schedule sharpening. He can collect skates from the CCSA locker room, and return them there.