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Missoulians learn to curl

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MISSOULA - Just a week after the Winter Olympics came to a close the excitement continues with the Missoula Curling club has hosted a series of Learn to Curl events free of charge, but preparing for these events is no small task.

"Curling ice is a little bit different. it’s prepared in a specific way and there’s a lot more care taken into producing curling ice. We do our best to replicate that on an arena ice scheme but on a professional level or in an Olympic level there are ice specialists in the world who are flown in from all over that work on the ice and make it perfect," said Corby Dickerson with the Missoula Curling Club.

The first step the volunteers perform is to take is to Zamboni the ice. Then they clean the ice, and next comes a process known as pebbling.

"So what the pebbling does is it takes all these little water droplets and it freezes them to the ice and that does  two things really it A: makes it easier to walk so you don’t fall down so that’s nice but the other thing it does is it allows the rock to sort of glide over the ice. It’s is actually riding on the tops of these little water droplets," Missoula Curling Club board member Lee Banville.

After sweeping the ice they use a frame they built themselves to hold eight stones that they then run over the ice. This process helps to make the tops of all the droplets as uniform as possible. Volunteers then sweep the ice one more time and then the rink is ready.

Dickerson said that if you're ever looking for a new and creative way to spend your Saturday nights these events make a great idea for date night or outings with friends.

The Feb. 17 Learn to Curl event had more than 200 people in attendance. The next learn to curl event is set for April 7 at Glacier Ice Rink and is free to attend. Click here to learn more about the Missoula Curling Club.


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