Lady of the Lake

I grew up in Evergreen, so for me, it doesn't feel like the holidays until I've taken a spin around Evergreen Lake on my ice skates. Luckily for me, I can still squeeze in a quick dose of wintertime exercise before I unwrap my presents this morning, because the lake is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — just enough time for me to lace up, get my ice legs back and then sip some post-skate hot cocoa in the Lake House.

Years ago, when I fancied myself an Olympic-level figure skater, I would glide and twirl my way around the ice rink's perimeter; these days, I'm lucky to keep my footing for an entire ten minutes. But it's still fun to relive my childhood. Skating fees are $4.50 to $5 (free for tots three and younger), and skate rental costs $6 for up to two hours. Call 303-512-9300 for ice conditions; call 303-674-0532 or visit for information and a full list of prices. The Lake House is at 29614 Upper Bear Creek Road in Evergreen.
Dec. 15-Jan. 6, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Mon., Dec. 24, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Tue., Dec. 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Mon., Dec. 31, 8 a.m.-noon; Tue., Jan. 1, 8 a.m.-7 p.m., 2007

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Amber Taufen has been writing about people, places and things in Denver since 2005. She works as an editor, writer, and production and process guru out of her home office in the foothills.
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