The Ice Ridge

Active Life | Des Moines, IA


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Our skating surface is a 60'x40' Synthetic polymer material, called Super Glide, not REAL ICE! We encourage you to try it for yourself and see it is about 90% as slippery as real ice! And kids love it because they do not get cold or wet! Whether you want to learn to skate - we have ice skating classes, or maybe you want to throw a birthday party we are your place to come to! There is fun for everyone.


You can even learn how to play hockey. All year round. Don't wait any longer come by today with your family for some ice fun!

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Hours of Operation

  • sunday 1:00pm - 5:30pm
  • monday 1:00pm - 8:00pm
  • tuesday 1:00pm - 8:00pm
  • wednesday 1:00pm - 8:00pm
  • thursday 1:00pm - 8:00pm
  • friday 1:00pm - 8:00pm
  • saturday 1:00pm - 8:00pm


  • Birthday Parties
  • Fundraising Events
  • Ice Skating Rink
  • Learn to PlayHockey
  • Learn to Skate Classes
  • Private parties and Shows
  • Pro Shop
  • Skate Classes
  • Skate Sharpening
  • Used Skates and Costumes

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  • Wondering where one of the best adult male figure skaters in the world resides?You have to look at Southridge Mall – West End Shops in Des Moines, Iowa. This is where Burton Powley is striving to re-invent the figure skating scene in Iowa.Powley is focusing his efforts on rebuilding the Capitol Ice Academy by operating a training facility, public skating and theatre venue at Southridge Mall, called The Ice Ridge.About Burton-Burton Powley, from Des Moines, IA,has collected an impressive set of victories including;12 – Gold medal finishes at US Adult Figure Skating Championships since 1999, 2 Gold at the 2006 Mountain Cup of France, Silver at the 2006 ISU World Adult Figure Skating Championships in Oberstdorf, Germany; 6 Gold at the 2006 ISI World Team Championships in Boston,and 2 Gold at the 2006 World Games in Montreal, Canada.Having never been in the Olympics is the only event that has eluded him. But Powley has established himself as one of the best adult masters level skaters in the world.But also just as important, is his volunteer work helping important causes like Cancer Awareness, Children’s Hospitals, and coaching up and coming young figure skaters.His travels have taken him away from home for many weeks this year, coaching, competing in competitions, making personal appearances, benefit shows, exhibitions, and fundraisers all over the world.Powley will now try to turn his attention much closer to home, mentoring and coaching figure skates in Central Iowa and continuing his outreach and fundraising efforts for the Hawkeye Skating Club in Coralville, IA; the Capitol Ice Academy (CIA) a local non-profit figure skating club in Iowa he help to establish in 1999; and The Ice Ridge Skating Academy in Des Moines’ Southridge Mall.The synthetic ice rink material at The Ice Ridge, called “Super Glide” is easy for figure skating and recreational skating; which benefits children, families and adults that want to try the sport and see if they can take it to the next level.Powley wants to show that Iowa can indeed produce champion figure skaters and professional show skaters, as he has well proven.Given the opportunity and chance to participate in the sport at any age or any skill level is his goal for his students. And keep it fun!“We have had a very difficult time over the last 7 years securing ice times and funds for our community programs. Sothis is why I opened The Ice Ridge. Our group is still growing and working very hard towards their mission statement and making a difference in their community. I have run into many roadblocks along the way, but I am very persistent. I would like to remain in Des Moines, because it is my home, but you can only beat your head against the wall for so long before you think maybe I would be better appreciated somewhere else. I don’t want to be just another Iowan who found success and then left,” Powley said.So he is now operating his skating academy, The Ice Ridge, at Southridge Mall in Des Moines with his sister Cynthia Powley, who manages the rink. Cynthia is a great communicator and loves to help children.“We hope to see a major change in the way businesses, the community and the key players in Des Moines treat figure skaters and show skaters. Hockey seems to get all the attention and dominates all the ice time, media attention, and no local sponsorships exist for aspiring young figure skaters or show skaters in Des Moines”, Powley said.“What is needed is a grassroots outreach effort to continue on the work of The Ice Ridge and the Capitol Ice Academy, which has already produced over 65 World Recreational Figure Skating Champions since 1999, as well as a host of State, National, and World Team Champions; and countless exhibitions and theatrical events for those who enjoy watching the sport and participating for fun and fitness, on a very small budget,” he said.Being somewhat of a pied-piper with children, Powley knows what they like and dislike about skating and can certainly produce champion and show skaters, given the proper opportunity to do so.“I have had to start over so many times and re-invent myself that it seems like second nature,” he said.“ "I only wish I didn’t have to beg to for opportunities for my students and skaters. I have a lot of pride and it doesn’t feel good for you to always have your hand out. What my skaters need is a hand-up, not a hand-out," he said.The seasonal nature of the Brenton Ice Skating Plaza in downtown Des Moines and continual changes in management and downtime at the Metro Ice Sports Facility in Urbandale have proved to be a challenge for aspiring figure skaters and recreational skaters, but Powley will continue to refocus his at Southridge Mall.He will remain optimistic about the future of the sport in Central Iowa.Burton Powley is available for coaching, choreography, personal appearances, as guest speaker, or for shows and exhibitions. He is now accepting new students!You can find out more information about Burton at: or call 515-371-8666

  • 4 times International Champion Coach - Burton Powley

    10 US Adult National Champion Coach - Burton Powley

    2012 Iowa Sports Foundation - Caring Coach Award

    KCCI-TV8 Leading the Way - Civic Award


  • As seen on KCCI TV8 in Des Moines Aug 23, 2013 to news anchor Amanda Lewis for helping spread the word about The Ice Ridge!!____________________________________________________________________________ 

    As seen in the Des Moines Register Aug 16, 2013Shopping Scene: DMACC classes to start at SouthridgeThe Ice Ridge expects increased business...About 3,000 potential shoppers will come to Southridge Mall beginning nextweek when Des Moines Area Community College opens its $12 million Center forCareer and Professional Development.DMACC officials anticipate about 3,000 students taking first-semester classesat the new center.Classes start Aug. 22 in the new space, which is in the renovated wing whereJ.C. Penney used to reside before it closed more than two years ago.Southridge’s owner, Macerich Properties of Santa Monica, Calif., has beenrenovating the entire mall since last fall, transforming it into a mixed-usecenter that combines retail, education and recreation space.Southridge, at the corner of East Army Post Road and Southeast 14th Street inDes Moines, has attracted new mall tenants, including Rue21, GNC, Shoe Carnival,Marshalls, Sprint, the Ice Ridge synthetic ice-skating rink, and the RidgeSports Academy indoor training and practice facility, which joined mall anchorsSears, Younkers and Target. The mall also has a variety of other businesses andnonprofits, including the Animal Rescue League, a martial arts studio, a churchand specialty clothing shops.



  • As seen in DM Living MagazineBURTON POWLEY: CHAMPIONING THE ICE FOR ALL. THE ICE RIDGE IN DES MOINES’ SOUTHRIDGE MALL. As Burton Powley glides across the ice on his skates, he leaves a smooth, crisp line of national and international achievement. But as the champion skater continues to compete for himself, he’s also working just as hard to groom the ice for the next generation of skaters yet to come with a Central Iowa facility for all to enjoy.Welcome to The Ice Ridge, an ambitious training facility, theatre and public skating venue located in Des Moines’ Southridge Mall. It’s all part of Powley’s efforts to rebuild the Capitol Ice Academy skating club.AT HOME ON THE ICE.Powley is a Des Moines native and Lincoln High School alum who went on to Grand View University and New South Wales University in Sydney, Australia. The man who started on roller skates as a child before moving to the ice has turned his lifelong love of skating into worldwide acclaim — and championships.In fact, Powley has earned 12 Gold-medal finishes at the U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships since 1999, along with two Gold medals at the 2006 Mountain Cup of France, the Gold medal at the 2005 ISU World Adult Figure Skating Championships in Oberstdorf, Germany, a Silver medal in 2006, six Golds at the 2006 ISI World TeamChampionships in Boston, and two Gold medals at the 2006 World Games in Montreal.BUILDING MORE TIME. Part of Powley’s passion and motivation for building and operating The Ice Ridge at Southridge Mall comes down to time. While Powley points to the quality rinks and facilities in Des Moines, time on the ice comes at a premium.“Hockey is a popular sport in the metro that involves a lot of ice time dedicated to different age groups and teams around town. So ice time for individual skaters and enthusiasts at these facilities can be hard to come by, unlessyou want to get up and start skating at 5 a.m. With our facility, we’re making it easier for young people who want to learn and compete to start their days off at home, go to school, come home and get dinner and then come out for an evening practice.”The Ice Ridge isn’t just for the next generation of competitive skaters. In fact, it offers plenty of ice time and activities for everyone. The facility, located in the northwest area of Southridge Mall, is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. You can bring your own skates or rent a pair for $3. Ice time is $5 per person.“It’s important for me to give back to the community,” Powley says. “So we take pride in hosting fundraising activities for hospitals and we even put on some professional ice shows, too.”THE EXPERIENCE: DEFINITELY COOL. SURPRISINGLY WARM.Open year-round, the Ice Ridge rink uses a synthetic ice surface called Super Glide that won’t give you the chills on a cold winter night.“That’s one of the things people love about the Ice Ridge,” Powley says. “The rink is created out of seamless polymer panels that come together sort of like puzzle pieces. The surface is 90 percent as slippery as ice, but not as cold. So there’s no need to bundle up when you come to skate or watch. And you don’t get cold and wet if you fall down.With more than 1,500 square feet of surface, the Ice Ridge can accommodate about 100 skaters. Powley says the surface offers an attractive option for parents and grandparents who want to share a new experience with children, without having to skate themselves.“We have shoe covers sort of like what hospital staff workers wear. This allows folks to confidently walk on the surface and enjoy the experience with other family members who may be out there skating at the same time,” he explains.“It’s just a great way for people of all ages to try it out.”PASSING ON HIS PASSION.In addition to the Ice Ridge, Powley also operates a skating school in Coral Ridge Mall, near Coralville. He definitely stays busy operating the two rinks, supporting students at competitions and pursuing his own craft.Beyond the Ice Ridge’s open skate times, Powley offers private lessons to those who want to hone their competitive edge. In fact, don’t be surprised if you find Powley working on his next competitive routine himself there.“I still plan on competing and encouraging others who want to work toward their dreams,” Powley smiles.” There’s no reason why we can’t have more successful competitors from Iowa.”True words from the hometown champ who continues to champion the sport. 

  • Joanne & Ted Dyer said:"The grandkids love it...all 8 of them!! The staff is real friendly and the kids how to skate and play games. They always have a great time, they never want to leave!"Laura Meyers said:"They were so helpful fitting the best skates to each child and evenhelping with laces to be sure they were done tight enough.Excellent!"Gin Simpson said:"The owner was super nice! My kids loved the place and can'twait to go back!"Tamara Evans said:"Loved how they played games with the kids. "Misty Dorman said:"Friendly staff, great fun for the kids"Michelle Wetsel said:"Fun for all ages! "Ryan Spence said:"They were very friendly and offered to help us learn how to ice skate."Smita Volz said:"Kids had a great time and ended up being there for over 4 hours!"Pat Atwood said:"I took my 8 yr. old granddaughter and she had a ball."Shannon Wieland said:"On site "coaches" were great for my kids!"Christel Schade said:"Awesome for kids!" 

  • The Ice RidgeBusiness Review. As seen on the Eat, Play, Love, Des Moines website few weeks ago a few of my friends posted some photos of their family's ice skatingin Des Moines at The Ice Ridge. It looked like they were having a blastand then I noticed they didn't have coats or mittens on! Whatever theywere skating on, wasn't ice, but they were wearing real ice skates and skatingaround this rink. I had to find out what this was all about!So, I took a trip over to the Southridge Mall today to check it out. What a cool place! I wasgreeted by Owner/Operator Burton who so nice and was excited to show me the"ice" which is really a synthetic material much like a cutting board that youskate on. There are chairs all around the rink for spectators and lots ofhigh chairs to hold on to for learners.The Ice Ridge offers classes and well as public open skating times and even birthday parties and specialevents! Check out of the offerings and times at their website here.Admission for public skating will run you $5 and skate rental is $3.50. You can also purchasepunch cards for discounted admission.Very exciting to have something like this in Des Moines where you can skate year-round!Take your kiddos out (or your adult friends) and support this cool place!To the right is the weekly schedule and prices, but you can see this info better onthe website as well. They also have a Facebook page you can follow for special events andannouncements. 

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1111 East Army Post Road, Southridge Mall - West End Shops
Des Moines, IA 50315
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