Meet the New Clubs: Introducing The Skating Club of Jackson Hole
by Joanne Vassallo Jamrosz, special to U.S. Figure Skating

They may be one of the new kids on the block, but the Skating Club of Jackson Hole, Wyoming is dreaming big. The club is one of seven new figure skating clubs to receive status this year, and they are ready to welcome skaters from all over the world.

The club offers instruction for all skating levels including Basic Skills.

"We follow the European style of instruction and offer group lessons for our freestyle and above students three days a week," said club administrative assistant Amy McReynolds. "They have approximately one hour of instruction on ice and thirty minutes of freestyle ice during Group Lesson time."

Also included are off-ice classes for jumps and positioning training, and freestyle ice is available seven days a week for practice and private lessons.

The club is housed at the Snow King Sports and Events Center.

"It's a fabulous facility at the base of Snow King, our local ski hill," McReynolds said. "Snow King Ski Area is a small resort but hosts Olympic hopefuls for training every year. The rink has been updated and improved by new management, CMI. We are lucky to have use of such a facility and hope to see it add another sheet of ice in the next couple years, and someday provide ice year-round for figure skaters and hockey players alike."

The club is also proud of its new Program Director and Head Coach Faith Neenan. Neenan, from Memphis, Tennessee is a former competitive figure skater with twelve years of coaching and choreography experience. She also toured five years in professional ice shows.

"We are incredibly lucky in Jackson to have a number of good coaches to choose from," McReynolds said. "We are super excited to welcome Faith as our new program director and head coach. She brings with her a love of the Mountain West and great ideas for improving our skating programs and including more of our community."

The Skating Club of Jackson Hole will begin their skating season in mid-October, but the club held a “Meet and Greet” event at the end of September to introduce themselves.

A Christmas show is also planned for December 20, and a Spring Ice Breakers competition and test session are scheduled for the middle of March.

"We have some interest in adult classes and hope to offer coffee club or lunch break classes for adults this year," McReynolds said.

The club is working on getting ice time to match adult work schedules.

As a new club, it most looks forward to providing a consistent and safe environment for figure skating.

"We want to provide the opportunity to set goals and reach them for all skaters whether it is teaching a tot to skate so he or she can move on to Basic Skills or hockey, or helping an older skater pass her juvenile moves and freeskate tests, or land an Axel," McReynolds said.

They also look forward to growing their program.

"Jackson Hole is a premier Winter sports destination," McReynolds said. "We hope to grow our program to make figure skating in Jackson Hole a world-class operation."

In addition to supporting and promoting its local skaters, the club also hopes to host visiting skaters for camps, clinics and competitions.

For more information on the Skating Club of Jackson Hole, visit their website.

Skaters pose with their medals after a recent competition.

Skaters perform during annual ice show.