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Filming Locations for Spinning Out on Netflix

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Spinning Out, a figure skating drama on Netflix, takes all the drama of the ’90s hit The Cutting Edge and adds in a large dose of exploration into mental health issues, as well as race and class. Spinning Out is set in Idaho in the real-life ski resort town of Sun Valley but the actual filming locations are all located in and around Toronto, Canada. Spinning Out and The Cutting Edge begin similarly: an almost washed-up champion women’s figure skater finds new opportunity (and love interest) in a male figure skater who becomes her pairs partner, but of course Spinning Out has enough drama to have a 10 episode arc. Figure skating fans will recognize Johnny Weir, the Olympian skater and television commentator, who plays a competitive pairs figure skater named Gabriel Richardson.

Here are the filming locations for Spinning Out:

1. Pinecrest Ski Resort

Kaya Scodelario as Kat Baker in Spinning Out filming at the Blue Mountain Resort in Ontario Photo: Christos Kalohoridis/Netflix

The series Spinning Out opens with a town sign that reads “Welcome to Hawkley, Idaho. Population 7,251. Hawkley is fictional, although there was a former community called Hawley in Idaho. The film scenes at the fictional Pinecrest Ski Resort, which is owned by skater Justin Davis’ father James (played by JAG alum David James Elliot) were shot at Blue Mountain Resort located about two hours north of Toronto. Most of the action takes place on the resort between Kat Baker (played by Kaya Scodelario) and Justin Davis (played by Evan Roderick), Kat’s sister Serena Baker (played by Willow Shields from the Hunger Games), Kat and Serena’s intense mother Carol (played by Mad Men’s January Jones), and other characters.

Blue Mountain Resort has been in operation since 1941. Architecturally, Blue Mountain Resort has the quaint design and layout of a quintessential ski town. It had a lot of the elements of what was needed in production, including resort hotels, ice skating ponds, a cute ski village with a shop that could represent Jenn’s family’s business, downhill ski slopes, and more.

Photo: Christos Kalohoridis/Netflix
A skating pond at Blue Mountain Resort. Photo: Christos Kalohoridis/Netflix

2. Pinecrest Ice Arena

Svetlana Efremova as Dasha Fedorova. Photo: Christos Kalohoridis/Netflix

The Pinecrest Ice Arena, shown in the show to also be located at Pinecrest Resort is actually filmed in a different location. It’s the Teen Ranch Ice Corral located an hour northwest of Toronto. In addition to housing for for team training visits, the 900-seat ice rink is an Olympic sized rink that opened in 1994 that has hosted development camps for Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs, and as well as hockey teams in the U.S. Shooting Spinning Out in Canada also meant access to Canadian figure skaters, who served as stunt doubles for Kaya, Evan, and other actors.

January Jones as Carol Baker in Spinning Out. Photo: Christos Kalohoridis/Netflix

3. Regional’s Ice Rink

Amanda Zhou as Jenn in Spinning Out. Photo: Christos Kalohoridis/Netflix

The ice rink used for the Regional skating competition is located in the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex with an Olympic sized rink and seating for 1,500 people. It’s located in Oakville, Ontario, about 45 minutes southwest of Toronto.

3. Wally’s Restaurant

Almost all of the locations in Spinning Out are given fictional names, but the diner which Kat and Justin go to on Dasha’s forced bonding adventure is a real place that is actually called Wally’s Restaurant. It’s located at 3480 Hurontario St. in Mississauga, about 30 minutes east of Toronto. It used to be a popular stop for truckers before moving to this location, where it has become an area staple. Justin highlights his love for the meatloaf at Wally’s Restaurant, something that reminds him of when his mother was still alive. He says, that it had “THE best meatloaf, besides my mom’s.”

A lot of other locations where names appear in the show, like Grayson’s Alehouse where Jenn (played by Amanda Zhou) and Gabriel (played by Johnny Weir) go dancing, and where Jenn later helps Kat sell her pills, are fictional but seem to be inspired by other Ontario businesses. There’s as Grayson Pub & Grub in Barrie, Ontario, where another ski resort is located.

4. The Pawn Shop

Another real life location is the Pawn Shop Kat goes to while in her bipolar mania phase, leading to a runaway sequence of events that affect not only her but all the people around her. This pawn shop, Pawnbrokers, is real, and located in Toronto at 2940 Dundas St W.

5. Downtown Ontario

When Serena and her dad hang out, we see them walking into St. James Park in downtown Toronto.

By Michelle Young

Michelle Young is the founder of Untapped New York. Michelle is a graduate of Harvard College in the History of Art and Architecture and holds a master’s degree in urban planning from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where she is an Adjunct Professor of Architecture. She is the author of Secret Brooklyn: An Unusual Guide, New York: Hidden Bars & Restaurants, and Broadway. She has worked as a film location scout for VICE Media.

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