Monthly Ice Fees effective March 1, 2017

Happy 2017! I hope all have recovered from the storms and are back to skating as expected. 2017 promises to be another busy year with our spring exhibition, a growing Learn to Skate program and Ice in the Pines this August.

As a club, our biggest expense is our monthly payment to the city for ice time. The board has been reviewing our expenses and recognized that we have been spending more for ice than what we have been collecting in ice fees. On average, we are losing $1000/month for ice time we pay for but do not collect from skaters. Our current by-laws prohibit the club from supplementing ice time and it is not a sustainable set up for our club to proceed as is. As a result, the Board has voted for the following changes, effective March 1, 2017.

  • Dropping Saturday Ice - Our attendance at Saturday ice is very low and we often have no skaters using the early morning time. Paying for sessions that aren’t used is unsustainable
  • Revising the monthly fee structure – In an effort to set up a sustainable financial structure for the club, the monthly ice fee structure will change to include a flat unlimited rate ($100) per month and our existing $15 walk on rate
  • Remember that ice monitors can reduce their dues by helping out!

We recognize that the expense of skating is taxing for all families and can assure you that this decision was not made lightly. This structure more closely models how other clubs manage their ice fees and should position the FFSC to keep Flagstaff ice skating.

Terri Hayes
for the FFSC Board