Northwest Portland’s fitness communities caters to several interests, beyond the traditional body building, yoga, pilates, hikers, bikers and joggers. The skating communities is commonly passed over as a fitness option, but there are destinations in the area devoted to promoting good health and a good time for skaters.
Epic Snowboards is just such a destination that provides one of Portland’s most expansive and innovative indoor skate parks. It is open to the public from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and noon until 6 p.m. Sundays. Admission into the park is $8 during weekdays, which is valid for the entire day, and $10 between Fridays and Sundays. A reserved session for skaters over 30 years of age takes place on Monday evenings, and a special kids’ time from 10 a.m. through noon on Saturdays.
Lessons from notable and professional skaters in the Portland area are available by appointment for $25 per hour, and can be scheduled as either one-on-one sessions or as group lessons. The shop provides new skaters with a professional deck for $40, a bargain compared to most skate shops in Northwest Portland. There is also an expansive boutique in Epic Snowboards that features custom decks, parts and accessories for skaters and snowboarders.
The great location of Epic Snowboards make it a popular destination among skaters and snowboarders in Northwest Portland, so stop by for a skate, some new materials or just to meet fellow extreme sports enthusiasts. It is located at 2318 Northwest Vaughn Street, where Northwest 23rd Avenue intersects with Vaughn. TriMet Bus Lines 15, 17 and 77 all make a stop at Northwest Thurman Street and 23rd, one block south of the skate park; the Portland Streetcar stops at Northwest Marshall Street and 23rd, seven blocks south of the park.