Originally Posted by FLMountainMan
I heard today that kids should first learn on in-line skates and then switch over to actual ice skates. Something about it builds up the ankles better. Any truth to that?
Never heard of that idea -- God knows we've been learning to skate on ice in Canada without in-line skates forever. My first skates (at about age 2 or 3 near the Boston area where my brother was born) were little double-bladed strap-ons that went over a pair of boots. My own children learned on regular skates at an indoor rink -- I recommend a skating frame (a chair will do in a pinch).
A picture of a kid using a skating frame: http://myiceskates.com/learn-to-ice-skate/
If you live in the south, I think in-line skating would be a good proxy for ice skating, or at least a way to practice more often if indoor ice-time is scarce. Just remember that stopping in the two different kinds of skating is worlds apart!