Coming April 6-8, 2018
The Fourth Annual Big Sky Bonspiel
Were you here in 2017? Do you remember the band playing “Wagon Wheel” while people danced up above as 10 teams battled it out on the ice? Do you remember us dragging kegs of delicious KettleHouse beer up to our beer garden? If you do, then good, we are doing it again. If you weren’t here, you missed a heck of a party, but it is ok, we are planning a bigger one this year.
2017 marked our biggest bonspiel ever (30 teams and three on the wait-list) and so this year the only solution was to make it bigger.
We are inviting 36 teams — 18 in our 5-and-under division and 18 in our Open (see rules for divisions here) — to come to Missoula, Mont. for a weekend of curling and camaraderie. If we do meet our target of 36 teams, we may be reaching out to folks to see if we can start earlier on Friday — several teams said they could.
New this year: We hope to make this event a “cashspiel” where the winning teams from each division take home a check. We are seeking sponsors and a grant to support this and will have more info ASAP.
We’ll have more information in the months to come, but here are the basics:
- Registration is $300 a team.Teams are guaranteed three games.
- Registration includes opening ceremonies, pizza on Friday night, and a full banquet Saturday afternoon.
- First game will be at 4 p.m. April 6 (primarily for Missoula teams). Opening ceremonies will be at 6 p.m. Last draw will be completed by noon on Sunday.
- A reminder, this bonspiel occurs on arena ice. We spend a lot of time with the Ice King getting it set, but just be aware.