Thin-Air Bonspiel curling competition coming to South Lake Tahoe |

Thin-Air Bonspiel curling competition coming to South Lake Tahoe

Curlers try to score points at a past competition held at South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena. The arena will host the first-of-its-kind Thin-Air Bonspiel, a competition that starts Friday, Oct. 2.
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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A first-of-its-kind curling event will hit the ice on the South Shore starting Friday, Oct. 2. South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena will host the Thin-Air Bonspiel, an international curling competition, this Friday through Sunday.

Twenty-four teams — including some that feature Olympians — will slide 40-pound stones down the ice while sweeping furiously to vie for the Thin-Air Bonspiel title. The tournament will be held at the arena Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Curling was first played in the 1500s in Scotland, and it became an official Olympic sport in 2006. It is now one of the most-watched Olympic events and fastest-growing sports in the United States.

The Lake Tahoe Epic Curling club was formed in 2010 and has grown rapidly over the last half-decade. Members of the club that calls the local ice arena home have competed admirably in international competitions in Europe and Canada.

The event is free, and those attending are encouraged to wear warm clothes to the arena located at 1176 Rufus Allen Blvd. For more information, visit

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