EVENTS

Regular and special events including non-Empire events are listed here and event information is also available on our Calendar . Check it to see what's going on this month.

Regular Events
Tuesday Night Skate (year round): Empire Event
Wednesday Night Skate (April through Halloween)
Sunday Morning Skate (year round): Empire Event
Critical Mass Bike/Skate (last Friday of every month)
Moonlight Ride/Roll (last Friday of every month)
Riverside Bike/Skate (last Saturday of every month)

Popular Skates
Nyack (check event calendar for dates): Empire Event

Special Events

The Empire Skate Club sponsors a number of special events. Some are annual, others are seasonal.

Winter Ski/Snowboard Trips
If you like to ski, snowboard, ski blade, ski skate or just enjoy the beauty of the snow covered mountains please join us on our winter ski trips to Hunter Mountain through the Princeton Ski Shop or other participanting stores. The Princeton Ski Shop offers Empire members a discount on one-day trips which include transportation and equipment rental.

Skaters Weekends in Killington
The Empire Skate Club happily announces its 2010 snow fun schedule of ski, snowboard, ski blade, and ski skate trips in Killington, Vermont.

Think Snow! Think Friends! Think Fun!
You are invited to join fun filled weekends in a beautifully furnished end unit 3 levels condo in Killington, Vermont.

In addition to the above 'Skaters Weekends', you are always welcomed to visit this Condo in Killington year round. Contact Suzanne for availability and details.

Suzanne can also get discounted lift tickets that can save you $30 per day!!!

Suzanne's Ski House in Killington



Ongoing Events

Board Meetings
Our Board meets monthly to plan upcoming skating events and discuss other club business. Want to give us your input? Join us! You provide the ideas, we provide the snacks and beverages. We meet from 8:30 to 10:30 pm on the 2nd Thursday of the month. The location changes occasionally, so please RSVP to president@empireskate.org to confirm.

Critical Mass Bike/Skate     This is not an Empire event.
Last Friday of every month (year round!), 7:00 pm, Union Square.

Meet at 7:00 pm at Union Square Park (17th Street between Broadway and Park Ave. South) for an hour of slow skating through downtown Manhattan. For more information call the Time's Up! Ride Line at 212.802.8222.

This event is open to all skaters. For intermediate skaters and above.

Moonlight Ride/Roll     This is not an Empire event.
First Friday of every month (year round!), 10:00 pm at Columbus Circle.

A fun, relaxing skate/bike ride through Central Park. Bring a flashlight. For more information see Times Up! web site or call the Time's Up! Ride Line at 212.802.8222.

This event is open to all skaters, Empire members and non-members alike. Because of the uneven terrain, it is recommended for high intermediate skaters and above.

Nyack
Check event calendar for dates.

This popular bike route is for strong intermediate to advanced skaters. Beginning at Columbus Circle, our 27-mile skate goes uptown through Manhattan via Riverside Drive and over the GWB. From the GWB we skate along Hudson Terrace until we reach Route 9W. We take Route 9W to Piermont Avenue which takes us along the scenic waterfront straight into Nyack. Single file signs warn you of fines, and they mean it, so be alert. Once in Nyack, we lunch at the Runcible Spoon (a skate friendly restaurant with tables outside).

We return via the 9 or 9A bus ($6-$7) which, depending on the route, either leaves you at the GWB bus terminal on the New York side or at the bridge plaza on the New Jersey side. When the bus terminates on the New Jersey side, we skate over the GWB back to New York. In New York, we catch the A-train back to Columbus Circle. Of course, skating back from Nyack is an option for a total of 54 miles roundtrip.

The steepest uphill is in Manhattan at Riverside Drive and 165th Street. The most challenging downhills are just beyond the state line and are not for the faint of heart. Seriously! They are long and, at times, twisty and blind. One ends at an intersection and, if the traffic light is against you, you must be prepared to stop (quite a feat at 30+mph). Helmets and wrist guards required, all other protective gear is highly recommended. Bring water as there are not many opportunities along the way to purchase refreshments or to use restrooms.

Riverside Bike/Skate     This is not an Empire event.
Last Saturday of every month (spring through late summer), 10:00 pm at Columbus Circle.

One third Central Park, one third street, one third along the river. Help promote greenways in our city and see the beautiful river views. For advanced skaters. For more information see the Times Up! web site.

Tuesday Night Skate
For more information see the Tuesday Night Skate page.

Wednesday Night Skate     This is not an Empire event.
Every Wednesday night (April through Halloween only), 8:00 pm, SOUTH side of Union Square Park (14th Street between Broadway and Park Ave South).

Although Empire isn't affiliated with the Wednesday Night Skate, you can join them for an approximately two-hour tour of midtown, downtown, and the Village. See their web site for additional information.



Most skating events are canceled in the event of rain, or if the ground is wet.

To determine which events are suitable for you, look at the skating level they are recommended for:

  • Cat E - Beginner: For new skaters.
  • Cat D - Easy: Slower pace. No steep hills and little or no mixing with traffic. Fairly frequent rest stops. Example: Empire's Thursday Evening Roll (discontinued on 2007).
  • Cat C - Intermediate: Moderate pace. Moderate hills, mixing with traffic, and/or medium-distance (5-10 miles). Example: Wednesday Night Skate.
  • Cat B - Advanced: Fast pace. Possibly steep hills, lots of mixing with traffic and/or long-distance (over 10 miles). Example: Empire's Tuesday Night Skate.
  • Cat A - Expert: Probably steep hills, heavy/fast traffic, and/or very long-distance (over 25 miles). Infrequent rest stops. Example: Nyack.
Sunday Morning Skate (SMS)
SMS meets every Sunday morning at 11 AM at Columbus Circle unless otherwise noted on the Empire Calendar. Year round.

This skate is for anyone who feels comfortable enough to skate in the street at any level. There will be a lead, a sweep and a "floater", so no one will go unnoticed and no one will get left behind. We will meet every Sunday, at 11:00am at Columbus Circle. If you would like to bring a friend or family member who is not a member of Empire, we welcome them with open arms, they just need to sign a waiver. Helmets and wrist guards required, all other protective gear recommended.

SPECIAL NOTE to SMS:
Currently SMS runs on an irregular basis. Please check our website, calendar and email for the most updated schedule.



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