Glens Falls Figure Skating Club

The Glens Falls Figure Skating Club is a non-profit organization based at the Glens Falls Civic Center, sanctioned by the United States Figure Skating Association, whose purpose is to promote the sport of skating to children and adults of all skill levels and ages. 

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Latitude: 43.3083829 Longitude: -73.6429498 Elevation: 316 ft
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Activities, Programs and Services

     Our annual membership runs from July 1 - June 30th.  Our actual skating season generally runs from late September to early April each year for approximately 20 weeks. Session fees are set at the beginning of each season and are based solely on the cost of providing our services and programs. 

     New members are always welcome. Fees will be pro-rated for members joining after the start of the season. 

Club  History

    On March 16, 1979, a group of fifty Glens Falls area residents interested in forming a figure skating club at the Glens Falls Civic Center met with center director Ned Harkness. From this group an interim board began work to set up the organization.

     On July 6,1979, the first Open House was held. Sixteen New York State amateur and professional skaters performed for an enthusiastic audience of 1500 people. On July 26, 1979, the GFFSC was incorporated under New York State Law.

     On October 17, 1979, the first season of figure skating began at the Civic Center. The membership totaled over 300 skaters from ages five to seventy-five, skating in beginning, intermediate, advanced and adult programs. Freestyle skating, ice dancing and school figure sessions were important parts of the program. Group and private lessons were provided by a qualified professional staff.

     In April, 1980, the Glens Falls Foundation awarded us a grant of $1500. In May, 1980, the GFFSC accepted probationary status in its affiliation with the USFSA. The affiliation offers nationally recognized guidelines for the development of figure skating at all levels. Permanent membership was achieved in the spring of 1981.

     On April 4. 1982 we held our first ice show, "A Salute to Glens Falls," which was a great success. We have subsequently held other ice shows and exhibitions, including "Fantasy On Ice," "Season's Greetings On Ice," and "Skate Into Spring."  We have also held several US Figure Skating Testing Sessions. These are an integral part of a skater's advancement through the ranks of figure skating.

     In October, 1995, we sponsored the 1996 North Atlantic Figure Skating Championships, held at the Glens Falls Civic Center for approximately a week. This was our biggest event to date, but we anticipate sponsoring events such as this in the future.   

     During the 2008-2009 season, we participated in the Glens Falls Centennial events, producing "Moments In Time: Centennial Celebration On Ice," our first theatrical-style ice show in several years, which was very well-received.  We also held a Halloween skating party and an informal spring exhibition and skating party.  

     Our 30th Anniversary Season included a holiday celebration featuring an informal exhibition and skating party in December, our first annual Basic Skills competition in January, 2010, and a large theatrical-style ice show in April, 2010.   Our (first real) float in the annual South Glens Falls Holiday Parade won 4th place in the Organization division!  In addition, we produced a beautiful cookbook, Figure Skaters’ Favorites: A Collection of Recipes from Figure Skaters Around the World, featuring recipes contributed by elite skaters around the world, as well as our own members, coaches and alumni.  

     Our 2010-2011 skating season included an elaborate ice show, "SALUTE TO THE HEROES," commemorating the tenth anniversary of the 9/11/01 tragedies.  This very special show honored veterans, military personnel and emergency response organizations and paid tribute to the victims and families of 9/11.  In addition, we also had another great float in the South Glens Falls Holiday Parade and held our second annual competition.  

   At many of our events, we ask spectators to help us “give back” to the community by bringing non-perishable food items, which we collect and donate to WAIT House, a local organization which provides housing and programs for area teenagers in crisis. 

  We hold frequent “Open House” events in which the public is invited to come and skate at no charge. Many of these events include a free introductory lesson, games, face painting, contests, and other such activities designed to help encourage families to participate in skating and all the fun it offers. 

Highlights of Recent Accomplishments

Our 2010-2011 skating season included an elaborate ice show, "SALUTE TO THE HEROES," commemorating the tenth anniversary of the 9/11/01 tragedies.  This very special show honored veterans, military personnel and emergency response organizations and paid tribute to the victims and families of 9/11.  In addition, we also had another great float in the South Glens Falls Holiday Parade and held our second annual competition.  

In September 2011 we qualified as a finalist for a $5000 Pepsi Refresh Grant.

How Others Can Support and Contribute to this Organization

Everyone is welcome to join our programs and skate with us at any time.  We also have plenty of volunteer opportunities during our events. 

In addition, we always welcome financial or in-kind donations from businesses or individuals.  No amount too large or too small.  

We also love it when area businesses are willing to help us out by posting our flyers/posters to help us encourage new skaters to join the fun.

Additional Benefits Available from Contributing

All sponsors & donors will be recognized on our club website, GlensFallsFigureSkating.com and in all of our event programs for the season.

Additional Notes

New members are welcome and encouraged to try skating. It's a great activity in which the whole family can participate, enjoy physical fitness, fun, and quality time together.

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