“Ice is humbling. It cares not who you are, where you work, your name, or your age. It cares how hard you try.”

The Sheridan on Skates website wants people to know that ice skating is for everybody. Which is a good thing, because the ice rink is a popular attraction during long Sheridan winters.

Outdoor pools have been closed for a while, football season is heading into the tournament, and everyone is hunkering down for the winter.

Sheridan offers a plethora of things to do in the summer. Whether you’re working on your short game at the

Powder Horn or picking up a bite to eat downtown at Third Thursday, there isn’t a better place to be then outside

in Sheridan in the warm summer months.

Those warm summer days quickly turn into cold winter ones, passing over brisk fall days as quickly as the

winter winds blow. It’s easy for someone to throw a few logs in the fireplace, grab their favorite novel and cuddle up under a blanket during these bleak months.

One destination, the Sheridan ice rink, has been waiting in anticipation for winter to arrive. It means it’s time for skaters and hockey players to sharpen their skates.

Sheridan Ice organizers couldn’t be more excited than they are for this upcoming skating season. After a number of years under the ownership of Whitney Benefits, the ice rink was gifted to Sheridan College in September and immediately re-gifted to Sheridan on Skates, a local nonprofit focusedon building life skills, promoting positive self-esteem and teaching sportsmanship, all while encouraging friendly competition through skating.

The biggest objective for the new owners is converting the current ice rink into a new, indoor skating facility, complete with locker rooms, meeting rooms and an exercise room. Of the 82 people surveyed at the end of last skating season, 85 percent of them stressed that the most important improvement needed at the rink is covering it.

This requires Sheridan on Skates to raise $1 million from the community, which is expected to be matched 5:1 by a lead donor, for a total of $6 million.

The new facility would open up new opportunities for the skating community, including hosting tournaments and

events, which would in turn generate tourism and business for the entire community. Most importantly, though, it would allow the facility to remain open at least twice as long as it has been in the past, typically three months a year.

While the group isn’t expecting to break ground on the new facility until at least March, with the hopes of it being ready to go for winter 2015, that doesn’t mean the current ice rink doesn’t have plenty to offer.

The ice rink features open skating, figure skating and hockey programs for all ages. Most importantly, though, it gives Sheridan residents and visitors alike something to do in the wintertime.

So, before you climb under that blanket to escape the cold, consider a trip to Sheridan Ice. Remember, ice is humbling.