The Big Sky Skating and Hockey Association in conjunction with the Bozeman Curling Club bring the Olympic sport of Curling to the Big Sky ice arena. The “Learn to Curl” event is offered to anyone of any skill level Saturday, February 11th from 6:00-7:30 PM at the Big Sky Town Center ice rink. Registration is only $15. Please pay and register at:
Groups are assembled based on experience. Beginners go through about 40 minutes of instruction on how the game is played, terminology, and mechanics of throwing stones and sweeping. The remainder of the time is spent playing as many ends as we can to help strengthen freshly acquired skills. All equipment is provided. You do need to bring warm cloths and clean shoes (free of mud), preferably athletic/hiking shoes.
Per Wikipedia, Curling is a sport which has been around since medieval Scotland and boasts about 1 million players. Players slide stones on a sheet of ice towards a target area which is segmented into four concentric circles. It is related to bowls, boules and shuffleboard. Two teams, each with four players, take turns sliding heavy, polished granite stones, also called rocks, across the ice curling sheet towards the house, a circular target marked on the ice. Each team has eight stones. The purpose is to accumulate the highest score for a game; points are scored for the stones resting closest to the center of the house at the conclusion of each end, which is completed when both teams have thrown all of their stones. A game usually consists of eight or ten ends.
The curler can induce a curved path by causing the stone to slowly turn as it slides, and the path of the rock may be further influenced by two sweepers with brooms who accompany it as it slides down the sheet, using the brooms to alter the state of the ice in front of the stone. A great deal of strategy and teamwork go into choosing the ideal path and placement of a stone for each situation, and the skills of the curlers determine how close to the desired result the stone will achieve. This gives curling its nickname of “chess on ice”.