The closure of the Westside's venerable Culver Ice Arena earlier this year left only a handful of year-round ice skating rinks in the L.A. area, including the Pasadena Ice Skating Center and the L.A. Kings' Valley Ice Center in Panorama City. Located by the northeastern edge of Griffith Park in Burbank, Pickwick Ice is part of Pickwick Gardens, which includes a bowling alley and is across the street from the country and rock music emporium Viva Cantina, run by the same owners. Although the building is a little rundown, the large, expansive ice surface at Pickwick Ice usually is in great condition, with the in-house Zamboni smoothing the ice before public skating sessions. Figure skaters, hockey players and even broomball enthusiasts share time on the ice, giving way for occasional regional figure-skating competitions and exhibitions. Pickwick's skating coaches and the staff at its pro shop are unusually helpful and intuitive. —Falling James

1001 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank, 91506. (818) 845-5300,

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