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Hello Glacier Skating Families,

We are wishing everyone a very happy Thanksgiving. This has been quite a year and has forever changed the world as we know it. We have a lot to be thankful for as we continue to navigate through these unprecedented times. Glacier is very grateful for all the support from all our families. As we move forward together, we’d like everyone to keep safety as a priority. The IDHL and the IDHA have both paused through December 3rd and the intention of both organizations is to add the 2 weeks of this pause to the end of both of their seasons. 

As a result of this pause, Glacier is left with hours of unused ice and under the current guidelines is providing opportunities for all skaters to train. Here are a few things we’d like everyone to keep in mind when you reserve your training session:

  1. Please do not come to Glacier if you are not feeling well, have been exposed or tested positive for COVID-19.
  2. If you have been exposed, please quarantine for 14 days and consult your Doctor.
  3. If you have tested positive, please be sure to follow all the IDPH guidelines and be sure you are cleared by your Doctor before returning to the public.
  4. We will continue to limit the number of participants both in the building and in all training areas.
  5. Masks are to be worn by everyone 100% of the time you are in Glacier Ice Arena.
  6. If you are one of the families who buys ice to individually train you must be sure that you follow all the above to ensure the safety of everyone at Glacier.

Please know we are all in this together. We are trying to provide opportunities to train for everyone and hope everyone can understand that if we can continue to help each other by using common sense we can all get through this together.

The Glacier Staff


Tier 3 Resurgence Mitigation 

Operating Procedures for Glacier Ice Arena

The main changes to the figure skating program will be:

Classes are paused

Public Skate is paused

All skaters must wear masks at all times

No coaches on the ice

Sign in every time you enter the building

Perspex masks are no longer acceptable on their own


All staff, coaches and patrons must enter through the front doors marked entrance. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this. Please enter via the doors    closest to the pro shop marked entrance.

Upon entering the building everybody must sign in marking the date, time, name and telephone number. This must be done every single time you  enter the building.

Exiting the building must be through the front doors closest to the offices marked exit. the doors at the rear of the building must not be used at   any time other than in the case of an emergency.


Face masks must be worn at all times by everyone who enters the building. This means all coaches, staff and patrons must wear masks, covering   their nose and mouth, whether on or off the ice. Clear perspex shields are no longer acceptable unless worn with a mask.


Social distancing guidelines must be adhered to wherever possible. Please remember to stay at least six feet away from colleagues and customers whenever you can.


All coaches must continue to wear masks, covering your nose and mouth. Perspex shields are no longer acceptable unless worn with a face mask.

Freestyle Ice will continue with a maximum of 15 skaters on the ice at any time.

Freestyle ice must be pre booked.

All skaters must wear face masks at all times.

Coaches are not permitted on the ice - coaches on players benches, rink doors, Zamboni doors if needed.

No coaching of tots or students that require physical help.

Observe social distancing guidelines at all times.

Please encourage your students to observe social distancing guidelines, and ensure they wear face masks at all times.

Skaters will be asked to arrive as close to their ice time as possible. The Conference room will still be available for putting on skates if needed.

No parents in the stands.


Please enter the Glacier 10 minutes prior to your reservation. Anyone entering the building must sign in at the Glacier front desk. Masks are required 100% off and ON the ice while you are in the GlacierParents are to drop off only and not enter the building. If your child needs assistance, you must leave the building once they are on the ice. Locker rooms will not be available and are locked for your safety, so please dress prior to your arrival. Participants will be required to depart the facility immediately after reserved session.


All classes will be paused until further notice.


All public skate and rat hockey will be paused until further notice.



Dear IDHL Players & Families –

First, we hope this letter finds you and your family in the best health and spirits as we continue a path forward battling the Covid-19 Pandemic.  We understand families are under an enormous amount of pressure when it comes to their health, employment, scholastic requirements, and of course athletics.

On July 29th, Gov. J.B Pritzker made an announcement regarding youth sport guidelines that rattled the athletic community.  These additional guidelines separated recreational sports by the level of “risk” identified and unfortunately, hockey was listed as a higher risk.  So what does that mean?  It does NOT prevent teams/players from participating in evaluations, practices and conditioning programs.  However, it does temporarily exclude youth programs from participating in sanctioned games.

The announcement did not provide any clarity as to when these programs can resume game play.  Like all hockey organizations, we are waiting for additional guidance from AAU, USA Hockey, and AHAI.  This is a very fluid situation and we can tell you the information we receive is changing daily.  Rest assured we are exploring every option available to us.

The IDHL has already secured a certain amount of ice time and procured new uniforms.  Again, we want to stress that this does not prevent players/teams from practicing and conditioning, which are integral to the game of hockey.

As we move into the coming 2020/21 season we feel that it is important to address the possibility of Covid-19 impacting the season ahead.  The Glacier Hockey staff and coaches are planning for an exciting season.  As we have seen, Covid-19 has temporarily interrupted our game play scenario; however, it is imperative we recognize that the IDHL is committed to delivering services that improve the performance of our athletes.    

As we continue to monitor the “Restore Illinois” policies and AAU, USA Hockey, and AHAI regulations, be assured any new developments will be communicated through our various social media platforms.

Eric Schneider

Hockey Director & General Manager

Glacier Ice Arena



Please plan accordingly
We ask that everyone wear masks (thank you for being courteous)
Glacier Ice Arena will now have designated "ENTER" & "EXIT" Doors, not only for entering and exiting the building, but also for entering or exiting each of our ice sheets. Make sure you use the correct doors.

Time your arrival! We ask that you do not get here more than 5-10 minutes before your scheduled ice time.
Players should arrive fully dressed in their hockey gear and should only need to put their skates on and then proceed directly to the ice. There will be benches where players can put their skates on as well as designated locker rooms where the number of players allowed will be limited.

NOTE: **Parents are not permitted to stay in the rink during the clinics.**

We thank you for your understanding and as we begin our foray into a new formula of opening and offering hockey training to our athletes, your flexibility to change with us as we work to constantly improve and provide safety measures to our hockey families is greatly appreciated.


We are excited to officially announce that we will be open on Monday, June 1st. We are looking at the Phase 3 guidelines from the state, and we will send an update on our hockey operations polices for this current phase. We are working hard to schedule our Chicago 88s program, Spring Challenge, and Spring House leagues. We should have the first two weeks published Friday, May 29th.

Updates will be posted on our social media channels and our text message system.

Please be patient as we are limited with communication due to preparation of opening Glacier this Monday, June 1st. We are looking forward to seeing you back on the ice!


Hello Glacier Ice Arena Families,

We have missed all of you in this crazy time in history. We hope you are all safe and enjoying the time with your families. As none of us know when things will open up for the rink, we want you to know that we are planning for whenever we get the opportunity to allow employees and ice lovers back into our facility. Some of the staff has been working hard to make improvements at the rink as well as disinfecting all areas.

Looking forward to a return to the arena we have been researching many of the important procedures that may go into effect, such as the following:

-Flow into and out of the building

-Front desk communication

-The building will be setup to allow for social distancing

-Schedule for disinfecting common and high touch areas

-Hi-tech/cutting edge disinfecting, i.e.

-Number of participants in building and/or on-ice

-Program adjustments and how we all interact on the ice

-Updated locker room procedures    

The list goes on and on, and we are learning as we move into the unchartered waters. But, rest assured, we are working hard to be sure we are doing everything we can to keep families safe while still doing what we love at our rink. During the last 2 month we have all heard the term “this is a fluid situation.” We would love for this to be a frozen fluid (haha), but until we get a more clear understanding, from the powers at be, of what and when we can plan to re-open, we seem to be in the movie “groundhog day.”

Wishing everyone all the best from our family to your family. Love and miss you.


Glacier Ice Arena

UPDATED ON 3/18/20

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads across the U.S. and begins to have an increased impact on our communities, we want to let you know that Glacier Ice Arena will be temporarily closed due to government mandates.

First and foremost, Glacier’s number one priority is the safety and well-being of our staff, clientele, families, and the communities in which we live and work.  All spring programs have been put on hold until we have more information. Although the building will be closed, we will work diligently to collect pertinent information and disseminate in all forms of communication to be sure you are up to date with future activities.

Glacier will monitor the evolving situation and make decisions to ensure we can maintain the health and well-being of our employees and all our skating families.

We will utilize our website to post updates and changes moving forward. 

The health and safety of our guests is of the utmost importance to the Glacier Ice Arena. We are closely monitoring the updates and recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Lake County Health Department and the Illinois Departments of Public Health (IDPH), and USA Hockey regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation.


The Glacier Ice Arena is taking proactive steps to help control the potential spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Our staff follows an intensive regimen of wiping down surfaces and cleaning floors and fixtures in all public areas on a daily basis. 


We are asking guests who visit our facilities to practice the following recommendations provided by the CDC to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases. 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

BE RESPECTFUL - the buzz phrase is "social distancing." Do your best to give others their space.


As the situation remains fluid, we will continue to closely monitor the local, state and national responses and will follow the recommendations put forth by health officials.  We will keep you updated!