It’s Saturday August 29, 2020. Sun Valley Adult Skating Week 2020 has come to and end. My week will be over this afternoon - after the test session. As always Sun Valley Adult Skating Week did not disappoint. All of the group classes were both fun and very helpful when returning home to continue practicing.
Due to COVID there are some changes this year. Smaller attendance obviously, but most people are wearing masks on and off the ice. It’s required on ice only if you are in a partnered pairs or dance lesson, but you will notice more skaters wear a mask than not in the group classes. I find it very difficult to skate with a mask on. It’s terribly uncomfortable, hot and humid. I know I am not being oxygen deprived, but it feels as though I am -so it affects my stamina... which is waning by the year anyway! Masks are also required on the benches outside the indoor rink - which is where we are putting on our skates and leaving our belongings. Outside we use the bleachers to lace up and we only pass through the chalet to check in for sessions and classes. If you take a private lesson you are also required to have your temperature taken just beforehand. For the record I was 95, 95, 96, 96, 96 !
This year I decided to try and test at the end of the week. I have been taking a daily lesson with Brent Bommentre on the indoor ice every day late in the afternoon. I never feel completely “ready” for a test, but having a professional skater and coach propping you should take off some of the pressure. I’ll be testing the Hickory Hoedown, Willow Waltz and the Ten Fox - the Bronze level ice dances.
Sorry the indoor videos - they are difficult to see - It’s impossible to capture ice dancing without someone following you with a camera.
In summary, COVID or not. Sun ValleyAdult Skating Week is worth the splurge. The energy, love, camaraderie and scenery are all icing on the cake to a great week of skating. Thank you Scott Irving and Pam Farr for putting it all together once again.