A bonspiel is a multi-day curling tournament typically held over a party-filled weekend. They normally include a lunch or dinner banquet, at least 3 games of curling, themes, costumes, drawings, prizes, and other party activities. Unless specifically stated otherwise, they are open to all types of teams and all levels of curlers. The Anchorage Curling Club will be hosting the following bonspiels during the 2019-20 season:


Fall Spiel (25-27 October, 2019) – "Welcome to the Jungle"

We've decided to try something different this year and will be combining two bonspiels (rookie fall spiel and normal fall spiel) into a single event weekend. However, rookies or teams with a year or two experience will not overlap in play with the more experienced curlers in the normal fall spiel. Note: there are two registration links for this event. Make sure you register under the correct bracket!

ROOKIE BRACKET: A fun, multi-day curling event targeted for those new to the game. Register individually or as a team. Open team format (men, women, youth, or mixed) with four curlers per team. Click here for registration. September and October 2019 Learn to Curl participants play for free (use discount code provided at L2C event or sent to you by e-mail). Otherwise, $25/person or $100/team. Game length is six ends or 90 minutes, whichever comes first. Minimum guarantee of two games. Maximum of 8 teams (32 curlers). Registration for this event closes on 17 October 2019 at 11:59pm or when 8 teams have signed up, whichever comes first. First draw will likely begin at 5pm on Friday. The Bonspiel Committee will also be providing food; however, teams are asked to bring a dessert and/or appetizer to share. See Bonspiel Participant Special Information at the bottom of this page.

COMPETITIVE BRACKET: This is a competitive event. Please register as a team. Open team format (men, women, youth, or mixed) with four curlers and one sub/alternate per team. Individual registrations will be accepted but do not guarantee a spot in the bonspiel. A refund will be issued, if necessary. Click here for registration. The cost is $50/person or $200/team ($250/team if registering with a sub/alternate). Game length is eight ends or 120 minutes, whichever comes first. Minimum guarantee of three games. Maximum of 8 teams (32 curlers not including alternates). Registration for this event closes on 20 October 2019 at 11:59pm or when 8 teams have signed up, whichever comes first. Please note that games may occur at any time during the 3-day event (ie around the clock curling if necessary) depending on the number of teams that register. The Bonspiel Committee will be providing cash payouts to the top two teams of the A Bracket and B Bracket. Depending on the number of teams that register, a C Bracket may also be established and the top two teams would receive prizes. The Bonspiel Committee will also be providing food; however, local (Anchorage based) teams are asked to bring a dessert and/or appetizer to share. See the Bonspiel Participant Special Information at the bottom of this page.


Doubles Spiel (22-24 November, 2019) – "ACC Prom"

This is a competitive event. Please register as a team. Open team format (men, women, youth, or mixed) with two curlers per team. Individual registrations will be accepted but do not guarantee a spot in the bonspiel. A refund will be issued, if necessary. Click here for registration. The cost is $50/person or $100/team. Game length is six ends or 90 minutes, whichever comes first. Minimum guarantee of three games. Maximum of 20 teams (40 curlers). Registration for this event closes on 15 November 2019 at 11:59pm or when 20 teams have signed up, whichever comes first. Please note that games may occur at any time during the 3-day event (ie around the clock curling if necessary) depending on the number of teams that register. The Bonspiel Committee will be providing cash and/or prizes to the top teams. The Bonspiel Committee will also be providing food; however, local (Anchorage based) teams are asked to bring a dessert and/or appetizer to share. See the Bonspiel Participant Special Information at the bottom of this page.

Holiday Spiel (6-8 December, 2019) – "Silver and Gold"

Kick start your holidays with a competitive bonspiel. Register individually or as a team. Open team format (men, women, youth, or mixed) with four curlers and one sub/alternate per team. Click here for registration. The cost is $50/person or $200/team ($250/team if registering with a sub/alternate). Game length is eight ends or 120 minutes, whichever comes first. Minimum guarantee of three games. Maximum of 16 teams (64 curlers not including alternates). Registration for this event closes on 29 November 2019 at 11:59pm or when 16 teams have signed up, whichever comes first. The Bonspiel Committee will be providing cash payouts to the top teams. The Bonspiel Committee will also be providing food; however, teams are asked to bring a dessert and/or appetizer to share. See the Bonspiel Participant Special Information at the bottom of this page.

Winter Wacky Spiel (TBD 2020) – Theme TBD

The Wacky Spiel has been postponed.


Winter Rookie Spiel (18-19 January, 2020) – Theme TBD

Event details pending. Check back for updates.


Fur Rondy Spiel (27 February - 1 March, 2020) – Theme TBD

Event details pending. Check back for updates.


Spring Spiel (26-29 March, 2020) – Theme TBD

Event details pending. Check back for updates. 


2019-20 Bonspiel Participant Special Information

  • If curlers have time constraints, then they need to let us know by e-mail at least 7 days in advance of the bonspiel. This in no way guarantees specific times for their bonspiel draw but the Bonspiel Committee will try to accommodate as best as possible.
  • If your complete team does not show up in time for a game, then the team can either find a sub that will play the ENTIRE game, be penalized a point for every 5 minutes late, or play with 3 curlers for the ENTIRE game. Otherwise the team will be forced to forfeit.
  • Teams will be given a 30-minute warning prior to the allotted time for their game. After the warning the teams must finish the end they are playing and then play one more end to finish the game.
  • In the event of a tie breaker: “Last Shot Draw” guidelines will be enforced. After your first game is complete the team will choose ONE member from your team to throw. Sweepers are allowed. Where that rock stops is where the measurement will take place. Measurement from the center of the house will be done in inches and recorded on the bracket board. This measurement will only be used in case of a tie.
  • Bonspiel participants and guests are required to adhere to all club/alcohol rules. Failure to do so could result in dismissal from the event without refund of the registration fee.
  • If a team cancels 48 hours or less prior to the bonspiel or fails to show completely, then the registration fee will not be refunded.
  • All bonspiel draws are done by random selection, there is no “seeding”.
  • No unsportsmanlike conduct (i.e. excessive yelling, throwing of broom, etc.) shall be tolerated. This shall result in a warning and if continued could result in the team’s forfeiture of the game.
  • No fighting shall be tolerated. Anyone involved in a fight will be removed from the club.
  • Food will be provided by the Bonspiel Committee during many of our events. If you have special dietary needs we ask that you let us know by e-mail at least 72 hours in advance of the bonspiel and we will try to accommodate as best as possible.
  • As an all-volunteer organization, it is essential to have volunteers in order to run a successful bonspiel event. If you feel that you could help in any capacity please let us know by e-mail. During bonspiels we typically need volunteers for food preparation and serving, cleaning, bartending, and ice maintenance. Thanks in advance!

Upcoming Events

22 Nov 2019;
12:00AM
Doubles Spiel (ACC)
01 Dec 2019;
02:00PM - 03:00PM
Junior Curling
06 Dec 2019;
12:00AM
Holiday Spiel (ACC)
13 Dec 2019;
12:00PM - 04:00PM
NANA Rental 20003
19 Dec 2019;
01:00PM - 05:00PM
20001 Private Rental
20 Dec 2019;
05:00PM - 09:00PM
Rental Elena Hartford 5-9pm