Meet the New Clubs: Mountain Edge Skating Club of Colorado
by Joanne Vassallo Jamrosz, special to U.S. Figure Skating
The Mountain Edge Skating Club of Colorado began in October 2012 with a goal of providing a family-friendly environment for skaters of all ages while promoting friendship, good sportsmanship and building self esteem through skating.
The club is one of seven new U.S. Figure Skating clubs and they make their home at the Edge Ice Arena in Littleton, Colorado.
"Many of us call the rink our home and we wanted our club to be visible and present with board members who have current skaters or students," said club vice president and membership chair Candice Flanders. "Every day of the week at some point in the day you will find one or more of our board members answering questions, reminding skaters to turn in Skater of the Month applications or running for a bag of ice when someone falls."
The club is also proud of their supportive and enthusiastic coaching staff.
"Our coaches are our true rock," Flanders said. "Our coaches each rotate through our board meetings to help provide guidance, give suggestions and be a sounding board."
Board members welcome the coaches' input since most do not have a figure skating background.
"Our coaches each volunteer numerous hours of their time helping with club activities, test sessions, special projects and yet still donate lesson time for prizes toward our top fundraisers, take pictures for posting on our Facebook page and ask how they can help."
The club also promotes many fun activities throughout the year, both on and off ice. Each spring, it holds a technical seminar that is free to members. They also host an annual banquet and skate swap, along with test sessions.
Another fun activity: the club's shamrock buttons.
"We place St Patrick's Day buttons around the rink and whoever finds them posts a picture to Facebook to win a prize," Flanders said.
The club is also excited to promote and feature their many skating programs.
"Because we have a home rink and staff that supports us we are able to collaborate," Flanders said. "We have a new rink/club skater enrichment program and we are holding a Mountain Edge Skating Club Night during the rink's Learn to Skate classes. Each of these brings something different to our club."
Mountain Edge's skater enrichment program offers another opportunity for members to receive instruction on and off ice.
"Being able to represent our club during the rink's Learn to Skate classes opens up the communication of who we are and what we do at the rink," Flanders said.
The new club is most excited to see what the future will bring, and is proud of their current membership of 164. They also look forward to developing their many programs to help skaters reach their special goals.
"We are excited to see what the future brings," Flanders said. "We want to watch our skaters develop and we plan to continue to find more ways to support them and our skating families."
Mountain Edge skaters have fun on the ice.
Members of the Mountain Edge club pose with coaches on the ice.