Ice-skating is a winter tradition, and local skaters can find indoor ice at the newly opened Pegula Ice Arena on University Drive on Penn State’s campus.
Despite a busy ice schedule with Penn State now playing both women’s and men’s Division I hockey, the arena offers public skating times and skate rentals.
Here’s the arena’s public skating schedule:
• Friday, Nov. 29: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
• Saturday, Nov. 30: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
The schedule for the rest of the year is not complete, according to arena staff.
Open skate times depend on the schedule of other events.
The arena also offers hockey times from noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday to Friday with an exception on Nov. 29 from 4:45 p.m. to 6:45 pm. Times in December may change. For those, skaters are required to wear a helmet with a cage.
For more information, visit www.gopsusports.
Skiing and sledding
For those interested in skiing, sledding or snow tubing, Tussey Mountain is a popular choice.
Tussey also offers lessons for beginners and experienced ski and snowboarders.
Here’s a look at Tussey’s activities and hours:
• Location: 301 Bear Meadow Road, Boalsburg.
• Skiing and snowboarding: Slopes and lifts are open to skiers with either a season pass or daily ticket. Chair lifts operate from noon to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and holidays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays, when conditions allow.
There are seven trails and five lifts. Tussey Mountain offers night skiing in season. Adventurous types can tackle a variety of boxes, rails, pipes and jumps at the terrain park.
• Tubing: Tussey features 100 snowtubes and tubing lift, with 1,000-foot tubing lanes.
When there’s snow, tubing is offered from 4 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and holidays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.
Aaron Weyman, director of marketing, said the resort is aiming to open by mid-December, depending on the weather.
For lift prices and additional information, visit www.tusseymountain.com or 466-6810.
Many local parks offer sledding, skating, ice fishing, snowmobiling and other winter activities.
• Slab Cabin Park
316 Elmwood St., State College
Offers seasonal sledding slope. For more information, call Centre Region Parks and Recreation at 231-3071.
• Black Moshannon State Park
Near Philipsburg, 342-5960
Offers a variety of winter activities including cross-country skiing, snowmobiling (on Benner Run Road and designated trails after deer season), ice fishing and ice skating (when conditions allow), ice boating, camping, hunting. Information: www.dcnr.
• Bald Eagle State Park
149 Main Park Road, Howard, 625-2775
Offers a variety of winter activities including cross-country skiing, sledding, ice fishing and ice skating. Information: www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/baldeagle
• Whipple Dam State Park
Off Route 26, Huntingdon County (Rothrock State Forest)
Offers a variety of winter activities including cross-country skiing, ice skating and ice fishing. Information: www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/whippledam.
• Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center
3400 Discovery Road, Petersburg, Huntingdon County.
Offers numerous winter activities until the end of the year and has several trails for cross-country skiing. For more information, visit www.shaverscreek.org.