The Minnesota Speedskating Scene

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  • Long Track Facilities

The Guidant John Rose Minnesota Oval is an outdoor long track facility in Roseville, Minnesota (a suburb of Minneapolis/St. Paul).  It is an outdoor oval, but is refrigerated and thus is typically open for skating from early November through the first weekend in March.  Typically, there is open speedskating available on weekdays in the afternoon, and two or three late night sessions.   The Greater Minnesota Speedskating Association (GMSA) also has practice ice time on Tues/Wed/Thurs nights, as well as pack and metric style racing most Saturdays and practice ice time Sundays. In order to access the GMSA time (which is when most speedskaters practice), you must join the GMSA.   For more information on joining GMSA and accessing their ice time, go to http://mnspeedskating.org/

There is also a long track oval in Duluth.  This oval is shorter than 400 meters, and is not refrigerated so the Duluth season is a bit shorter than the Roseville season.  For more information on speedskating in the Duluth area, go to  http://www.duluthspeedskating.com/

  • Short track facilities and clubs

The Plymouth Wayzata Speedskating Club offers short track skating and racing for children and adults.  They skate in Plymouth, MN.  For more information go to http://pwspeedskating.com/

  • Clubs and classes at the John Rose Oval

For a list of other clubs besides MMSS: see GMSA

The City of Roseville typically offers adult Learn to Speedskate lessons throughout the winter City of Roseville’s current Community Education brochure or call Kevin at the Oval 651-792-7122

These lessons are a great way to learn the basics of speedskating, and they typically offer skate rental for those who don’t yet have equipment.  Those who haven’t skated much, or at all, should take a “learn to skate” class (offered at hockey rinks in many communities) before taking the oval’s Learn to Speedskate class.

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