Fairbanks Ice Skating
Alaska is renowned for its love of ice sports, including ice skating, hockey, figure skating, and speed skating. Fairbanks, in particular, is a hotbed of icy excitement, with a range of ice rinks to enjoy.
Named after Hez Houston Ray, a can-do teacher who came to Fairbanks in 1952. His friends called him an “irresistible force,” when advocating for youth sports, and he was well-known for his unusual and concerted efforts to get any job done. One of his most complex — and famous — schemes involved the development of the Big Dipper Ice Arena that now resides at the Hez Ray Sports Complex.
Referred to as “The Big Dipper” by locals, this is a multi-purpose arena that is open year-round. The Big Dipper features an 85’ x 100’ indoor ice rink with spectator seating for 2,200 that offers youth and adult hockey, speed skating, recreational skating, and sheet rentals for private parties.