Skate Great, Inc.
4536 Main Street, Suite 103
Amherst, NY 14226

Phone: 716-580-3458

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Leisure Rinks –

West Seneca, NY

– Year-round classes.

– For more information please visit our class schedule.

Holiday Twin Rinks –

Cheektowaga, NY

– Year-round classes.

– For more information please visit our class schedule.

Hamburg Town Arena –

Hamburg, NY

– Seasonal classes.

– For more information please visit our class schedule.

East Aurora Healthy Zone Rink –

East Aurora, NY

– Seasonal classes.

– For more information please visit our class schedule.

Canalside –

Buffalo, NY

– Seasonal classes.

– For more information please visit our class schedule.

It Is Our Mission at Skate Great....

"To serve our customers, provide quality instruction, make the basic skills experience fun for our skaters, teach in a friendly team environment and to hire coaches who love to teach skating and take pride in our organization."

Since 1997, Skate Great has provided quality coaching from the Learn to Skate to Elite level. At Skate Great we produce talented athletes by developing the confidence and skills they need to achieve their goals. It is our goal to build success in all individuals.

  • Largest Learn to Skate program in WNY
  • Ranked 5th out of over 1000 programs in the U.S.
  • We teach over 1000 students to skate each year
  • Learn to Skate, Hockey and Figure Skating programs
  • U.S. Figure Skating and USA Hockey accredited
  • Year-round and seasonal programs at 5 WNY rinks
  • Beginner through elite training programs
  • Ages toddler through adult
  • Private and semi-private lessons available

Frequently Asked Questions…


What is a good age to start skating lessons?

Any age is fine. We recommend that children start no earlier than three years of age. If your child is younger, we recommend doing a trial class during the second week of a Learn to Skate session. Contact us and we can set that up.


I’ve signed up, now what?

After turning in the registration form and payment, all you have to do is show up 30 minutes before class starts on the first day. We recommend that you register in advance if you need our free loaner skates. Please remember to mark the size and type of skate (hockey or figure) on your registration form.


What do I wear?

Dress warmly and in clothing that allows freedom of movement, stretch pants, turtlenecks, and fleece sweatshirts are popular. Do not forget to wear mittens or gloves! Remember that we recommend that all skaters aged six and under wear a helmet. A bicycle helmet works just fine.


How should my skates fit?

It is important for your skates to fit properly. Take time to find a pair with adequate support and a comfortable fit. Also, practice walking in your skates before taking the ice. When fitting your skates, make sure your feet, and especially the heel, do not move around inside the boots once they are laced properly. The boots should feel snug but not pinch your toes. A close fit gives you more control and support. In addition, your feet will feel best if you wear one pair of lightweight socks or tights that fit smoothly and do not create uncomfortable “bumps” inside your boots. Keep trying on skates until you find a pair that fits. Finally, be aware that your skate size is not always the same as your shoe size.


Is there a proper way to lace my skates?

Yes, there is. To properly lace them, tap your heel as far back into the boot as possible. Pull the tongue up, and secure it straight before tucking it beside your foot. Starting with the second or third set of laces from the bottom, pull tightly, one pair at a time, so the boot closes well over the front of your foot. It is important that the laces are snug through the ankle and bottom two sets of hooks. The top two can be looser to allow some flexibitility. Cross the extra lace neatly over the hooks; do not wind it around the skates. Loose-flying bows can cause accidents. Effectively laced skates should provide enough room, with ankles flexed, to stick a finger between the back of the boot and your leg.


When is the right time to buy my own equipment?

Once you are committed to skating, you may want to invest in your own skates. Purchase skates from a pro shop that deals professionally with boots and blades and that will work with you to find a good fit. We recommend The Skaters Edge (174 Plaza Drive, Williamsville, 716-636-3000). Used skates will work, too, especially when you are starting out. If you buy used, check the boot’s suport level (boots can break down) and the blade for remaining “sharpening life.” The Skating Club of Western New York hosts occasional used clothing and equipment sales.


How do I take care of my skates?

Never walk on hard surfaces or concrete with uncovered blades. Wear hard guards when walking off the ice to protect them. Always dry off your blades with a towel before storing them in your bag. Wet blades may rust, and rusted blades will not glide well. Sharp blades grab the ice better than dull ones, especially when stopping. The Skaters Edge in Williamsville also sharpens skates.


Can I skate with my child?

We do not allow parents to skate with their child during the 30 minutes of instruction, but you can skate with your child during the 15 minutes of practice time.
Or how about signing up for an adult class during your child’s class or you can practice together during the practice time! Our registration desk has all the forms for both of these options.


After my child completes Learn to Skate, what other options are there?

Skate Great offers a variety of skating programs year round. For the aspiring hockey player, we offer a very popular Powerskating Program, Private Lessons or our Hockey Skills Class (small group class).


If your child is interested in pursing figure skating, there are a number of programs available such as Rising Stars, Intro to Dance, Intro to Powerskating and our spring and summer Rising Stars Clinic. Information on these programs can be found on our web site under the figure skating tab at the top of side, or at our registration desk. Look under the figure skating tab of our website for more information on these programs.


If your child is ready for more individual attention, consider private or semi-private lessons. Skate Great has a staff of over 25 highly qualified coaches to choose from.


Skate Great skaters can also skate in our annual skating show, Rising Stars on Ice, and compete in the annual Janice Smith Basic Skills Competition.

Read what our skaters and their parents have to say about our program!


“I just wanted to send you a quick note thanking you for such an awesome program!  This is the first time I enrolled my son in the learn to skate program and he loves it!  I regret not enrolling my kids in this earlier!  My daughter sees how much fun my son is having and is begging me to join.  Thanks again to all of your helpers.  My son was so nervous and sacred, but they all seemed to calm him and he had a BLAST!  Great job to Skate Great!!!!”

– Tony and Enza


“Our Thanks to Skate Great. Our son was just eight years old when he informed us that he wanted to play hockey. A family of football and baseball, we didn’t know where to begin. Thanks to Janice Smith, our son was enrolled into the Skate Great Program. The coaches were enthusiastic and helpful, but most of all, the program was fun for our son. Through determination and staying with the Skate Great Program, he achieved to the level of power skating! His first try-out for a hockey team, he was rated an A-line skater. He is now a Bantam Player and loves every minute he is on the ice. Thanks to the Skate Great Program!”

– Michelle Giamberdino


“I would like to take this opportunity to let you know how happy I am with your program and coaching staff. You must have hand picked each one of them. Not only are they professional and always smiling, they treat the kids as if they were their own. I don’t think I have entered the rink without one of them hugging my little girl. I know it has only been six months, but Gabrielle has learned much more than just figure skating from your staff.”

– Rosemarie Mauro


“I just wanted to thank you and all your staff for all your help and encouragement over the past year. I’m glad to be involved in such a terrific organization.”

– Tammy Beckman


“I just wanted to send you an email and let you know, that I was very impressed by skate great last night! My son cody cried and was very scared to try it, and the staff of professionals gave him a boost, and when he got out there, he loved it, he still hasn’t stopped talking about it! In fact, I have a few friends interested in the March start, and I can tell you for sure that cody would like to continue on in March as well.”

-Melissa Conover


“I want to thank you for what has been an amazing experience for our family.  The ability to put aside a couple of hours a week for a family event has been amazing and something our will family will not only never forget, but continue as we get back into our lives here.  Thank you again for everything.  You have an amazing program.”

-Bill Filipiak


“I like how you make it fun for the kids to learn how to skate. I love how you start the kids at 3 years old. Not many programs allow them at that young of an age. I also like how you have the hockey program. This allows my son to learn new skills for hockey; during and after the season.”

-Christina Warmington


“We liked the focus on just the certain skills appropriate for her skill level and the repetition of those skills every week. We also liked the free-skate time as our daughter did actually use the time to practice what she had difficulty with during the class. Overall, we are extremely impressed with the program and fully plan on all of our kids spending the spring and summer with Skate Great!”

-Eric Woods

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