Snowplow Sam

The Snowplow Sam levels are designed to help the preschool-age skater develop preliminary coordination and strength to maneuver on the ice. Snowplow Sam is a big, fuzzy polar bear who loves to skate. Time with Snowplow Sam will allow preschool children to become comfortable on the ice. The child-instructor ratio for Snowplow Sam courses is 12:1 except Snowplow Sam 1 which is 8:1. The following items are instructed and tested on in Snowplow Sam courses.

Snowplow Sam 1 (Ages 4-7)

  • Sit and stand up with skates on – off Ice
  • Sit and stand up – on Ice
  • March in place
  • March forward – 8–10 steps
  • March, then glide on two feet
  • Dip in place

Snowplow Sam 2 (Ages 4-7) 

  • March followed by a long glide 
  • Dip while moving 
  • Backward wiggles – six in a row 
  • Rocking horse – one forward, one backward swizzle 
  • Forward two-foot swizzles – 2-3 in a row 
  • Two-foot hop in place (optional)

Snowplow Sam 3 (Ages 4-7)

  • Forward skating – 8–10 steps
  • Forward one-foot glide – R and L
  • Forward swizzles – 4–6 in a row
  • Backward swizzles – 4–6 in a row
  • Forward snowplow stop with skid
  • Curves

Basic Learn to Skate Skills

The “basic skills” are the fundamentals of the sport. These levels of the program introduce the fundamental moves: forward skating, backward skating, stops, edges, crossovers, turns and Mohawks. Upon completion of the Basic levels, skaters will have a base knowledge of the sport, enabling them to advance to more specialized areas of skating.

Beginning Learn to Skate (LTS)

New or beginning skaters ages 8-15.  Primary focus  to introduce forward skating, forward two foot glides and forward bubbles.

Intermediate Learn to Skate (LTS) (Beg 4/Pre Alpha)

Skaters who have completed Beginner 3, Basic LTS, Snow Plow Sam 3 or are able to move across the rink forward and backward in a gliding motion and can balance moving forward on 1 foot.  Primary focus to develop forward skating, stops, backward skating, build strength and balancing on one foot to prepare for crossovers.

Advanced Learn to Skate (LTS) (Alpha/Beta)

Skaters who have completed Beginner 4, PreAlpha, Intermediate LTS, or are able to skate forward, backwards and glide forward on 1 foot proficiently.  Primary focus to develop forward crossovers, introduce backward crossovers and turns.

Don’t know which lesson to register your child for? Skate lesson assessments are available several times throughout the year. For more information or to find out the next assessment date, contact the Waconia Ice Arena at (952) 442-RINK (7465).