What to Expect
Well, to have a good time. This is a sport where we yell a lot and sweep ice and slide around 40-some-pound hunks of granite. So don’t expect us to take ourselves too seriously. True, it is a competitive and really strategic game, but it is also totally fun. So we don’t expect you to have any knowledge of the sport or experience. You don’t have to know how to skate (there isn’t any skating) and you can show up in casual street clothes, although dress kind of warm, it is on ice after all.
Who Can Participate?
Anybody. We have people aged 8 to 80 curling here in Bozeman and so all ages are welcome. Those under 18 have to have a parent sign a waiver on site, but other than that feel free to come.
How Hard Is It To Learn?
Well, I think it is like golf. It is pretty easy to get the basics down and start playing. It is a lot harder to be good at it. But it’s pretty darn easy to have fun out there.
So, needless to say, experience is not required to come out and try the sport.
First some fun facts:
- It is generally agreed that curling was developed in Scotland in the 16th century on frozen marshes.
- Curling was first an Olympic medal sport in 1924, but did not obtain full medal status again until 1998.
- Curling is played in 48 countries worldwide. Canada leads the way with around 1 million active curlers.
- The modern curling stone is round, made of granite, and weighs about 42 pounds.
- The first known U.S. curling clubs were located in New York City, Detroit, Milwaukee, and Portage, Wis.
- Sweeping can help a stone slide up to an additional 15 feet.
It is a sport that mixes strategy and skill (and the occasional pint).
So how to get started. The quick two minute guide to curling:
Or for a more cultured approach it seemed only right to have some Scottish guy tell you about the gear: