Aside from bonspiel regulars, curling appears solely to interrupt into fashionable consciousness as soon as each 4 years, with the arrival of the Winter Olympic Video games. This yr, the game that resembles shuffleboard on ice has popped up at a broad array of venues, from city rooftop bars to distant frozen lakes, giving laypeople a final wintertime probability to hurl the stones by March. Right here’s the best way to get on the ice.
Brews and Brooms
In Jackson Gap, Wyo., Snake River Brewing put in a curling sheet in its slopes-facing entrance yard this winter. The microbrewery’s director of operations, Chris Erickson, constructed the 24-foot-long ice sheet by hand and even formed the stones that patrons can push down the alley (in a single path solely; the sheet isn’t lengthy sufficient for 2 targets or “homes” as they’re referred to as). Patrons can play free of charge.
A lot of resorts in northern climes additionally provide curling, together with the American Club Resort in Kohler, Wis., about 60 miles north of Milwaukee. The resort has a curling rink in its courtyard, accessible to teams by reservation however free to visitors on Friday and Saturday afternoons.
In Quebec, the Fairmont Le Château Montebello is providing a “Go Canada Package deal” to get visitors into the Olympic spirit, with rooms from 150 Canadian (about $115) and entry to its curling sheet in addition to its ice skating rink and cross-country ski trails.
Curling, Cocktails, and Artificial Ice
Among the many extra distinctive locales for curling is the rooftop bar at the Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel in Chicago. The ice is artificial, the rink is seven ft shorter than regulation sheets and the stones have ball bearings on the underside to assist them glide, however the facsimile has reworked the fifth-floor terrace into an outside attraction in an unlikely season (admission is $25 an individual, together with 30 minutes of curling time and a cocktail; smaller stones can be found for kids).
“Our winters could be dreary and there isn’t at all times lots to do,” stated Marcus Cornelious, the director of gross sales and advertising for the Gwen. “With a cocktail, everybody appears to need to attempt their hand at curling.”