Ten best places to ice skate this winter

With Thanksgiving just days away, it's time to think of all those other traditional activities of the season — like football watching and shopping. But if you'd rather avoid contact sports when you get your exercise, strap on a pair of skates and chill instead. Here are our ten favorite places (in no particular order) to ice skate in metro Denver.

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10) Southwest Rink at Skyline Park Skyline Park, downtown Denver Skate during the day and under the stars — right in the middle of downtown! The rink opens Friday, November 29. There's no warming house — but who needs it with all the bars nearby? Hours: vary, but open daily Cost: $2 skate rental 9)Evergreen Lake 29612 Upper Bear Creek Road, Evergreen This Denver Mountain Park has been attracting skaters for generations. There's nothing better than skating on a frozen lake surrounded by the mountains. The facility is slated to open Saturday, December 14, temperature permitting, and should remain open until early spring. Hours: Vary, but the lake is open daily Cost: $6 for youth, $7 for adults, and rental skates are $7. 8) Big Bear Ice Arena 8580 Lowry Boulevard If it's too cold to enjoy skating outside, head to Big Bear Ice Arena, where you can get your exercise inside. Besides public skate time, this arena offers hockey and skate lessons, as well as drop-in hockey games. Hours: vary, but open daily Cost: $5 for youth, $7 for adults and $3 skate rental 7) Edge Ice Arena 6623 South Ward Road, Littleton This indoor arena offers public skate time, skate lessons and drop-in hockey games. It's a great spot to skate whether you just want to hang with friends or get a group together for a casual hockey game. Hours: vary Cost: $5 for youth, $7 for adults and $3 skate rental 6) Winterskate on 29th Street 29th Street Mall, Boulder Sadly, the skating rink on the Pearl Street Mall won't be open this year — but Boulder has an alternative. Winterskate on The Plaza at 29th Street will be open this winter as an open-air rink. Hours: vary, but open daily Cost: $4 for youth, $5 for adults, $3 for college students and $3 skate rental 5. The Rink at Belmar 408 South Teller Street, Lakewood This lovely, open-air rink is right in the middle of the Belmar shopping center. It's the perfect spot for a dinner-and-skate date. Hours: vary, but open daily until January 7, then Friday-Sunday after January 9. Cost: $7.50 for youth, $9.50 for adult. Pricing includes rental. $5 for skating without rental. 4) Family Sports Ice Arena 6901 South Peoria, Centennial Perfect for a family outing, this ice arena offers free skating and other discounts for Centennial residents. Hours: open daily Cost: varies depending on time and resident/non-resident status 3. Winterskate downtown Louisville Take your date to downtown Louisville, where you can skate beside charming, historic buildings while looking at the FlatIrons. Hours: vary, but open daily. Cost: $4 for youth, $5 for adults and $3 skate rental 2) Joy Burns Arena at DU 250 East Jewell Avenue Washington Park residents love the fitness facilities at the University of Denver, and the big rink at the Joy Burns Arena is a particular favorite. The rink has public skate through the winter and sells passes so that you and the kids can afford to go often. Hours: vary Cost: $5 for youth, $6 for adults, $25 whole family admission, and $3 skate rental 1) Boulder Valley Ice/strong> 125 Superior Plaza Way, Superior If you want to chill out on a rink but don't want to fight the cold or the crowds, this indoor rink in Superior may be your best bet. Hours: vary Cost: $6 for all and $3 skate rental