UM Ice Rink & Fire Pits

Ice Rink and Fire Pits

The UM Ice Rink and fire pits are getting ready to be set up again for the 2021-22 winter session. Watch for the instillation to happen between Thanksgiving and the winter break (weather permitting). Once the ice is solid we invite folks to enjoy a skate and if you don't have any skates our Gaming Den has some for you to rent for the day. 

The fire pits will return to the Oval soon. Once open, reservations for private parties on the ice rink and/or fire pits can be made through Conference and Event Planning via email at or via phone at (406) 243-4119.


Skating on the Oval - is beloved winter tradition at the University - that is returning for student/community enjoyment and recreation for the 2021-2022 winter season. Return as well are the propane fire pits with Adirondack chairs for individual or group enjoyment.  

At UM, we recognize the transforming experiences that students have outside of the classroom are just as important as the learning that happens inside the classroom. We want our students - along with the campus and Missoula communities - to safely engage in making memories, building connections, and being a part of the Griz Family. So, we ask you to follow the Ice Rink & Fire Pit Rules and be respectful partners in this endeavor.

Monte Ice Skating

How to Schedule

If you are a campus or community group who would like to rent the firepits or ice rink please email or call (406) 243-4119.

The ice rink is a community, self-monitored rink. Skating conditions may not always be perfect. Be aware of soft spots, rough edges and water puddles while skating on any outdoor rink and always skate according to prevailing conditions. 


We want to thank the Knife River Corporation for be a financial sponsor for the ice rink. Our students and this entire community benefit tremendously from the ways in which we can collaborate, partner, and build community together.

If you would like to be a sponsor for the ice rink or other student engagement programs, please contact Emily Ferguson-Steger, Director of Student Engagement at