Girl ice skatingIce skating in the bright winter sun under snow covered mountains is a quintessential Rangeley experience.

Public Skating Rink

The outdoor ice rink on Haley Pond, right in downtown Rangeley, is free and open to the public daily until 10pm. It’s a popular spot for locals, and visitors are encouraged to join the fun by grabbing one of the 150 free pairs of skates the Rangeley Skating Club keeps at the nearby Ecopelagicon outdoor store. Sizes ranges from a child 6 to adult 12. Hockey sticks and pucks are also free. Ecopelagicon owner Linda Dexter says, “It’s like a little bit of Norman Rockwell out there on the pond.” For more information, contact the Rangeley Skating Club.

Curling

In Rangeley, curling is done the old-fashioned way – outdoors in the crisp mountain air. Their rink (or “sheet”) on Haley Pond in downtown Rangeley is maintained by the Rangeley Lakes Curling Club. These hearty enthusiasts invite anyone interested in curling to join them. No experience necessary. For more information, contact the Rangeley Lakes Curling Club.

Pond Hockey Festival

For one weekend every winter, Rangeley becomes the pond hockey mecca of New England. Over thirty teams, from every New England state and beyond, come for the Rangeley Pond Hockey Festival. This tournament is known as one of the most fun, friendly, and traditional events of the winter season. For more information, go to Rangeley Pond Hockey Festival.