Whether you are an avid hockey player or a once-a-season skater, you should periodically get your ice skates sharpened. Those who skate on a weekly or daily basis will need to get their skates sharpened more frequently than those who only break them out a few times a year.
If you find yourself struggling with quick turns or your blades aren’t biting into the ice on stops, you should get them sharpened. According to the equipment company Pure Hockey, another good test is to hold your blades under a bright light — if you see a reflection, they need to be sharpened.
Those who skate outside will typically have to get their skates sharpened more often than those who skate inside. Outdoor ice is often colder and harder, therefore causing edges to wear out faster. Debris, like dirt, rocks and leaves will also cause your skates to take more of a beating.
Skate sharpening is a cheap and quick but skilled process, and few places offer the service.
Here are four nearby shops who sharpen skates. Afterwards, head to one of the many maintained and lighted outdoor rinks in Chittenden County for some fun in the fresh air.
Play It Again Sports
150 Dorset St., South Burlington
Play It Again Sports specializes in winter sports like hockey, skiing and snowboarding, and offers a wide variety of new and used sports equipment at an affordable price. Skate sharpening costs $6, and other tune-ups, like rivet repairs and heat molding, are also available.
The shop is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Kevin Smith Sports
1174 Williston Rd, South Burlington
In 1986, Kevin Smith Sports opened in St. Albans with a mission to provide high quality sports clothing and equipment. After 32 years, the shop moved to South Burlington to serve the wider region. Skate sharpening costs $7 and takes about five minutes.
Kevin Smith Sports is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Coach’s Corner Pro Shop and Skate Sharpening
1 Lake Street, St. Albans
Located on the corner of Lake Street and Main Street in downtown St. Albans, Coach’s Corner Pro Shop & Skate Sharpening is a family-owned shop providing hockey essentials and skate sharpening. Stop in to pick up hockey tape, laces, skate guards and more.
The shop is open from 3-6 p.m. Tuesday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
240 Gore Rd, Highgate
Inside the Highgate Recreational Facility, LaShure’s ProShop has been selling hockey equipment and sharpening skates by hand for 11 years. Book a 10-minute skate sharpening appointment for $8 online at lashuresproshop.setmore.com.
LaShure’s is open from 5:45-7:45 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 3-6 p.m. on Saturdays. The shop is closed Sunday.