Now Open: Winter Ice Skating at the Claremont Hotel - 510 Families
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Now Open: Winter Ice Skating at the Claremont Hotel

Now open through March 19, 2022, an outdoor skating rink in the Berkeley Hills. Called Five Palms Ice, the new rink at the Claremont Hotel & Spa is made from eco-friendly Glice. Families are welcome to use assistive whales as space permits.

Skating aids available on site
Families can use complimentary skating aids | Photo: Maureen Burke

You may be asking yourself, “what’s Glice?”—It’s a synthetic ice made from plastic or wax with a lubricant on the surface. When our family visited, my husband and I had to exert a little more effort to glide across the surface. Though our children, who are beginners, were able to stay on their skates and had fewer falls than expected. We had a great time and think you will too!

Glice Skating at Claremont Hotel
May be easier for beginner skaters to move around the rink. | Photo: Maureen Burke

The rink itself is in the parking lot near the main entrance (at the base of the five palm trees, get it?). It is uncovered, but adjacent to a large tented area where food and beverages are sometimes served. We suggest dressing in layers; the rink’s location and large white surface may make you more likely to break a sweat.

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Look for the palm trees and you’ll find the ice skating rink | Photo: Heather Flett

Plan your visit to the Five Palms Ice Rink at the Claremont

Admission prices are for one hour of skating and are first-come, first-served with no reservations. Space is limited. Parking is extra. (Defray parking costs with validation by purchasing from the pizza oven or a cocktail from the airstream trailer)

Light rain is ok. Hard rain may cancel.


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Rates: Adults: $20 | Children (ages 3-12): $8 | Skate rental: $4 — no skating for children under three.

Hours: Wed.-Fri.: 2 to 8 pm | Sat.: 11 am to 6 pm | Sun. 11 am to 6 pm. | Closed Mon & Tue.

Location: Claremont Hotel & Spa; a Fairmont Hotel, 41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley

On weekends, they plan to “run the pizza oven” and provide hot drinks and snacks.

Website with menu & hours>


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Hot chocolate and treats stand near the glice rink | Photo: Heather Flett

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