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Classic L.A. to Z: I is for ICE-SKATING RINKS

Skating on the holiday rinks downtown (in Pershing Square) or near the beach (ICE at Santa Monica) is as much about celebrating our good weather as it is about blading on ice. But L.A. has a long history with the sport. Of course many rinks, including the one at the Topanga Mall and North Hollywood’s Ice Chalet, have been vaporized. Those that remain have that sensory-warping effect of bowling alleys: an enclosed world that, regardless of the season, carries on as if it’s in another decade. In fact, the All Year Figure Skating Club that formed in Westwood in 1939 has been working its double lutzes at the Culver Ice Arena (4545 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, 310-398-5718) since 1962. And the Los Angeles Figure Skating Club, which practices at Pickwick Ice Center (1001 W. Riverside Dr., Burbank, 818-845-5300) and has produced champions, including Michelle Kwan and Todd Eldredge, was founded in 1933.

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