YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif., November 26, 2010 – The Curry Village Ice Rink at Yosemite National Park will open on Thursday, November 25 ushering in the 2010-11 winter season.
The Curry Village Ice Rink was established in 1928 when the Yosemite Winter Club flooded an unused parking lot. Now a permanent fixture, the rink is located in the western part of Curry Village, nestled below Glacier Point with views of snow-capped Yosemite icons such as Half Dome. The opening marks the beginning of Yosemite’s winter activities leading up to the opening of Badger Pass Ski Area, which is scheduled to open December 17.
“The Curry Village Ice Rink has long been the quintessential California location for ice skating since it first opened in 1928,” said Colin Baldock, General Manager of Recreation for Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, the authorized concessioner. “Visiting Yosemite’s Curry Village Ice Rink has spanned generations and lasted throughout the decades. We are proud to be a part of this tradition and look forward to many more memorable years.”
Despite its long history, the Curry Village rink boasts all the amenities of a modern ice skating rink. A large supply of rental skates is maintained and skaters may take advantage of a warming hut, cubbies for shoe storage and hot drinks and snacks. For those not partaking in ice skating, a warm fire pit adjacent to the rink is perfect for socializing, watching the activity on the ice, sipping hot cocoa or just reveling in the natural beauty of Yosemite in winter.
Daily skating sessions (subject to weather conditions) are offered from 3:30 to 6 p.m. and 7 to 9:30 p.m. weekdays. On weekends, the rink is open for an additional morning session from 8:30 to 11 a.m., afternoon sessions from noon to 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 to 6 p.m., and an evening session from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The ice skating fees are $8.00 per adult, per session, and $6.00 per child. Skate rentals are $3.00 per session. Helmets are available at no additional cost.
The Curry Village Outdoor Ice Rink is operated by Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, an authorized National Park Service concessionaire, responsible for lodging, dining, guest recreation and transportation in Yosemite. For more information on winter activities and lodging in Yosemite, visit the DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite web site at www.YosemitePark.com or call 559-253-5676. For current ice rink conditions, call 209-372-8319. For road and weather conditions, call the automated National Park Service information line at 209-372-0200.
About Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts
Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts is a subsidiary of Delaware North Companies, a leading hospitality provider with significant experience in hotel, retail, food service, recreation and transportation operations. The company’s portfolio includes historic properties in North America, such as Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex; Yosemite, Sequoia, Yellowstone and Grand Canyon national parks; Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite & Cottages at Tenaya Lodge; Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa; Niagara Falls State Park; Jones Beach; The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake; Holiday Inn West Yellowstone; The Gideon Putnam Resort; and the Queen Mary.
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