Oct 19, 2022 - Things to Do

Year-round yoga, outdoor hockey and adventure dining are coming to the U.S. National Whitewater Center this winter

Ice Skating at Whitewater Center

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The U.S. National Whitewater Center will have more than ice skating and “Lights” this winter. 

State of play: The Whitewater Center added ice skating and an outdoor art installation called “Lights” a few years ago, which drew more people during the colder months. This year, you can still skate on the frozen water where rafts float during the summer and walk along an illuminated half-mile trail through the forest from mid-November through mid-February — but you can also play outdoor hockey, take yoga classes, experience new suspension bridges and participate in adventure dining.

  • The center’s also adding to its annual race series, according to a USNWC statement this week.

Why it matters: We all need a little encouragement to get outside when the temperatures drop.

Details: Expect two new suspension bridges, which will be more than 600 feet long and more than 60 feet above the canyon they take you over. They’ll lead to a new activity area, which will eventually feature new ziplines. The bridges will be incorporated into “Lights,” which will have more than 50 installations.

  • A new pond hockey league will begin in January. The 3-v-3 format will include a regular season and playoffs, ending in mid-February. There will be a recreational division on Mondays and Wednesdays and a competitive division on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Teams will include 5-10 players.
  • Balanced Brunch will include a morning yoga class followed by a meal at the Trail Center.
  • Yoga classes will be available year-round at the South Ridge.
  • Skate and Date includes ice skating and a three-course dinner, while Zipline and Dine offers offers ziplining and a chef-curated dinner.
  • Runners can hit the trails for the We Believe – Santa 5K and Dog Jog and New Year’s Eve 5K and 10K. Full race series.

Cost: “Lights” and yoga remains free, but you do have to pay $6 for a daily parking pass or purchase an annual parking pass for $60. Since the suspension bridges are part of “Lights,” they are also free. Prices below are per person:


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