If you have ever wanted to try the sport of curling, head to the Granite Curling Club in north Seattle. To play curling, each player slides granite “stones” on ice, trying to get closest to the center of the house than the nearest stone of the opposing team. (The game is similar to bocce ball or boules….) While the stone is traveling down the ice, the delivering team’s players are allowed to sweep in front of the stone. Sweeping is done with a broom specifically designed for curling. The sweeping action melts the surface of the ice slightly, which can alter the speed and the direction of the stone. A game normally consists of 8- to 10-end games. Curling became a full medal Olympic sport in 1998 and today over a million curlers are on the ice during the season. More info: https://curlingseattle.org/
There are two ways to get an introduction to the sport of curling the Granite Curling Club:
- Free Sunday Skills Clinic/Drop-In League: This casual league is a great place to learn the sport of curling and improve your skills. All are welcome, but curlers with less than two years of experience or who have never had a class will benefit most and will have priority. For each session, the first half is learning a drill targeting a specific skill. During the second half, the group plays a game where you try playing a new position. Teams change week-by-week. When: The clinic is only available on select Sundays September-April; check their calendar before you head out. Cost: $0.
- Open house: Another alternative is to attend an open house. During an open house, you will get instruction on the basics of curling and play a short game. Sessions typically last around 90 minutes. When: 3-4 times a year. Next open houses are February 16, 2019 and April 6, 2019 from 10am to 5pm. Cost: $25 adults (18+), $10 children.