Bozeman and its surrounding communities in southwest Montana are defined in part by long, cold winters and the enthusiastic embrace of an active lifestyle. This past January, the Gallatin Ice Foundation opened the doors to the Ice Barn - a facility that exemplifies the cold and active spirit of our communities. For its inaugural 3-month season, the Ice Barn welcomed hundreds of participants and supporters to enjoy a myriad of activities on Ressler Motors Ice Rink. From curling to sled hockey, to figure skating and hockey, our newest facility made an incredible impact on the lives of community members of all ages.
With improvements made during the summer, we were able to add two months to the 2017-2018 season for a total of 5 ½ months of on-ice programming in the Ice Barn. Already we are hearing incredible feedback from those benefiting from new and extended opportunities, and we are welcoming lots of new faces to our ice family.
Because of that feedback we are more determined than ever to further extend the capacity of Ressler Motors Ice Rink. Insulating the Ice Barn will allow our community to immediately benefit from programming on Ressler Motors Ice Rink for an extended period of time, spanning all four seasons of the year.
By doing so, we see incredible opportunities, including:
- Hosting specialized clinics and camps bringing in outside competition and coaches.
- Youth participants will be able to practice and train on ice year-round, making them more competitive with those in other regions of the US and Canada.
- New leagues during every season - so you don't have to decide between football and hockey, or skiing and curling.
Additionally, and perhaps most importantly, participants will benefit year-round from the valuable support and relationships they have with teammates, coaches, and fans.
Further extending the Ice Barn season will sustain and expand the health benefits, community relationships, and local economic development that ice-based recreation currently brings to our winter months. Give today to support insulating the Ice Barn, because community shouldn't be seasonal.