Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017
We went for a 2-hour public skate session, which at $13/person ($10 plus $3 to rent skates) is reasonable. (You'd likely spend the same amount of money for similar amount of time bowling, for example.) You can ask for hockey or figure skates, but if your feet are large, you'll only be able to wear hockey skates. Wear high socks, and bring a hat and gloves.
The design of the rinks connected by the CoolLoop is neat, though the connecting ice between the rinks was very choppy when we went. Unfortunately, it appeared that no one at the counter gave any information regarding the direction to skate, so it was very chaotic, with people skating in all directions. This made it difficult for the first-time skaters in my group to feel comfortable. Groups of unsupervised kids (who clearly play hockey) were skating as fast as they could for much of the session, weaving between people, which was obnoxious and unsafe. This is of course, not an Outpost problem, but a parenting/coaching issue.
The bathrooms are very outdated and there was not toilet paper in many of the stalls. The lockers were hard to use and probably half of them did not have the locking mechanism any longer. Bring a quarter or two if you want to use the lockers.
Overall, the skating is fun, but the amenities could use some serious updates. Two hours is more than enough time, and worth the money. You'll be sore the next day if you're not used to it!