Because its climate is so mild year-round, most Orange County winter sports are held indoors in ice skating and hockey rinks. Opportunities to practice winter sports, like basketball and football are easy to find in Orange County. Because the elevation and climate of Orange County doesn’t support winter sports involving snow, there are no opportunities for skiing, snowboarding, and sledding inside the county’s borders.
The Orange County Curling Club (OCCC), located in Westminster, is open to all ages, and its season runs from September to February. It offers beginner lessons for anyone who has completed their Learn to Curl class, a two-hour class that provides the basics of this winter sport. Anyone can enroll, but those under 18 years of age must bring a consenting parent with them. There is a nominal cost for the class; the club takes cash or checks. The OCCC is located at Westminster Ice at 13071 Springdale Street. You can reach them at 714-987-CURL (2875).
Hockey and Ice Skating
Those interested in watching professional Orange County winter sports can follow the Anaheim Ducks, this county’s only professional winter sport team. They play home games at the Honda Center, just off the 57 Freeway at Katella on Douglass. The Honda Center’s address is 2695 E Katella Ave., Anaheim.
A number of ice hockey leagues exist in Orange County for players of all ages. The Aliso Viejo Ice Palace in Aliso Viejo specializes in ice hockey for children as young as 3 years to 8 years. Those older must join the USA Hockey, which carries a nominal membership fee. Aliso Viejo Ice Palace is located at 9 Journey on Aliso Viejo Parkway, south of Pacific Park Drive and northeast of Aliso Creek Road.
The Anaheim Ice ice skating rink has open ice skating and hockey leagues, including pick-up games. They also offer broomball games, a sport which is similar to curling. Anaheim Ice offers lessons, open skating, and leagues for all ages. They are located at 300 West Lincoln Ave., just south of Lincoln Ave., east of North Harbor Boulevard, and west of South Anaheim Boulevard.
Other ice skating rinks peppered throughout Orange County include:
- KHS Ice Arena
- Honda Center
- Orange County Ice Palace
Football and Basketball
These are among the traditional Orange County winter sports that the schools in the county offer for their students, male and female alike. Basketball courts abound in some of Orange County’s parks. Hoops Unlimited offers men’s teams in these cities:
- Huntington Beach
- Santa Ana
- Garden Grove
Their basketball season permits up to 14 games per season for each team and limits players to specific heights, from six feet and under and from six-feet five-inches with a one inch allowance. The contact telephone for Los Angeles and Orange County residents is (949)-459-5858.