One team of Missoula curlers made the trek this past weekend up to Whitefish to participate in the Oktoberfest Bonspiel.
The event kicked off our fall season that we hope will see lots of your come out to try curling or to sign up for either our competitive or recreational leagues.
Here is a rundown of some of what’s on tap.
Oct. 2 from 5-10 pm: We will be at the “Pray for Snow” event at Caras Park to let people play some Wii Curling and raise awareness about our learn to curl events set for October.
Oct. 17 and 24 from 4-6 pm: We will be hosting two learn to curl events for newbies or those wanting to try the sport out. You can sign up here and get a 50% discount and if you are able to help show people the ropes, click here.
Oct. 28 from 5-8 pm: We will be raising money by drinking beer. That sounds good to me. At the Northside KettleHouse we will earn 50 cents of every pint served that night, so come out and meet the board members and see old friends from the ice. Bring some friends and come thirsty. We need money.
Nov. 14 at 9 pm: WINTER SEASON STARTS. So we have a couple of things going on to reduce the cost of curling in the league. Like last season we will have two leagues — one casual and one competitive — and a three-week newbie league that puts you on a team and gives you some advice from veterans as you play three games. Check out more here.
This October the Missoula Curling Club will host two opportunities for people who want to learn to curl or who may have tried the game once and want to get in some pre-season practice. The two events are October 17th and 24th from 4-6 p.m. on the indoor rink at Glacier Ice Rink. You can register online to save 50% and guarantee your spot. Costs are $10 now or $15 at the door.
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 Missoula 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 (not that I know how to golf, but how I imagine golf to be). 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.
You can find out more on our Learn to Curl page about the rules and history and other than that, grab a spot and come see us in October.