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Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture

Learn to Curl at Ice Arena April 5

Posted on April 4, 2015
Filed Under South Tahoe Events

Lake Tahoe Epic Curling

Lake Tahoe’s one and only curling club, Lake Tahoe Epic Curling (LTEC), will host learn-to-curl sessions on Sunday, April 5, 2015 starting at 5:30 p.m. for those interested in giving this fast-growing Olympic sport a try.  The event is open to the public, and will be held at the South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena on Rufus Allen Blvd.

It’s Easter so check before you go.

Sunday’s learn-to-curl session costs $25 per person ($15 for locals with a valid ID), which includes both off-ice and on-ice instruction provided by knowledgeable curlers, plus game play. All the equipment needed will be provided; just wear comfortable sneakers with good tread and appropriate clothing. Group rates are also available for larger parties. Send an email to info@tahoecurling.com to reserve your spot today!

Curling is known for its sportsmanship and good fellowship: the sport promotes graciousness, even in defeat, and the winners are expected to buy the losers a pitcher of beer or soda after a match. In addition, curling is a cerebral sport that depends on advanced strategy and planning, similar to chess where several moves are made before it’s clear to the opponent why those moves are being made. This is why it’s often referred to as chess on ice.

For more information about curling in Tahoe, visit LTEC’s website at www.tahoecurling.com. See you on the ice, and good curling!

Curling is traditionally a winter sport, except here in Tahoe where LTEC members enjoy the sport year-round. It’s a great way to beat the summer heat! Curlers slide on the ice, carefully sending a polished granite stone (also called a rock) 150 feet to the other end of the arena, where a target consisting of three concentric rings determines which 4-player team is the closest, and which team grabs the points. Curlers use special brooms to sweep in front of the stones as they travel on the ice, affecting how far the stones go and how much they curl.

Despite what you may have heard, curling isn’t for couch potatoes: it actually provides great exercise. Curlers typically walk approximately 2 miles up and down the ice in a match. They also enjoy aerobic exercise benefits from the hard sweeping they do in order to position the curling stones where they need to be.

Curling is also known for its sportsmanship and good fellowship: the sport promotes graciousness, even in defeat, and the winners are expected to buy the losers a pitcher of beer or soda after a match. In addition, curling is a cerebral sport that depends on advanced strategy and planning, similar to chess where several moves are made before it’s clear to the opponent why those moves are being made. This is why it’s often referred to as chess on ice.

 

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