Nov 5, 2021 Communities

The 2022 Curling Trials Are Coming to Omaha

The upcoming winter games will be held in Bejing in February of 2022! While we love watching all the events—from bobsleigh to figure skating and ski jumping—we are particularly interested in curling, mostly because Omaha plays a big part in the sport. 

That’s right, Omaha, Nebraska will once again be home to the 2022 curling trials, the contest held to select the participants for the U.S. Curling Team. Omaha hosted this event before, and we hope to continue being the home of this prestigious competition for many years to come!  

We’ve broken down all the information you’ll need to know going into the trials along with a few places you can learn to curl for yourself. And, if you want to explore Omaha’s winter activities even further, we have a few options for that as well. Have fun! 

2022 Curling Trials Information 

Trials will be held November 12-21, 2021, at Baxter Arena here in Omaha, Nebraska. During those 10 days, curling teams from across the country will compete to represent the United States in Bejing. The event will be hosted by the Omaha Sports Commission in partnership with the Aksarben Curling Club.  

As of now, Baxter Arena is back at 100% capacity with no social distancing measures in place. However, guests are required to wear face coverings throughout the building. There will also be multiple hand-sanitizing stations at all entrances, concession stands and throughout various locations in the arena.  

For more information on the trials, current COVID-19 policies and to purchase your tickets, click here

Learn How to Curl in the Omaha Area 

Photo courtesy of Lisa Truesdell via The Aksarben Curling Club

Interested in learning how to curl before the trials? Check out the opportunities below! 

The Aksarben Curling Club 

The Askarben Curling Club was established in 1958 and remains the largest curling club in Nebraska, as well as one of the largest in the country. Whether you’re a curling professional or are just getting used to the thought of the ice, you’ll be able to find a league or lesson that fits your skill level at the Aksarben Club. Through March 2022, they are offering two-hour public and private learn to curl sessions! Click here to learn more.

Curling Sessions at Baxter Arena 

Throughout the entire Curling Trials, Baxter Arena (in partnership with The Aksarben Curling Club) will be hosting 30 Minute “Learn to Curl” sessions, where you can learn how to properly throw a stone and will get the chance to play a short game. Then, stick around and watch the professionals show you how it’s done during the trials! Masks are required for the entirety of your Learn-to-Curl experience. Click here for more information and to purchase your tickets.  

Winter Activities in the Omaha Area 

If you’ve been inspired to take on a new winter sport this season, Omaha has you covered! From cross-country skiing to ice skating, Omaha is a wonderland of things to do during the colder months. Here are a few ways to get in on the wintery action this coming season.  

Go Cross-country Skiing at Zorinsky Lake 

It just wouldn’t be winter in Omaha without a cross-country skiing trip around one of our favorite parks! Zorinsky Lake is one of the most popular recreation opportunities in the area year-round. And in the winter months, a whole new world of sports becomes available. With 770 acres of public access land, you’ll have plenty of room to roam on cross-country skis. Visit to check on conditions before visiting. 

Go Sledding Down a Local Hill 

We love snow and all the winter activities that come with it—snowshoeing, snowball fights, skiing, oh my! But while we love throwing a snowball as much as anyone, our favorite activity by far is sledding. Click here for a list of our favorite Omaha sledding hills (which even has an interactive map!) and hit the hills once the snow starts falling. 

Go Snowshoeing at Fontenelle Forest 

Next to sledding and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing is one of our favorite local outdoor winter activities. A favorite local snowshoeing spot is Fontenelle Forest in Bellevue, a gorgeous park that features 24 miles for you to traverse. If you don’t own your own snowshoes, you can rent some for just $5 depending on availability. We recommend calling ahead to reserve your pair and to make sure the conditions are good for snowshoeing the day you’d like to go.   

Go Skiing at Mt. Crescent 

Mt. Crescent is open year-round, but the winter months are the most active and popular times to visit. One of the only downhill resorts in the area, the whole family can take ski and snowboard lessons then start shredding the hills! In addition to skiing, you can also enjoy sledding down their many hills or grabbing a mug of hot chocolate from the Swiss-style lodge.  

Go Ice Skating 

Before winter ends, strap on some skates hit the ice at one of Omaha’s many local ice rinks! The Captiol District Ice RinkGrover Ice RinkMotto McLean Ice Arena and the UNMC Ice Rink are all great choices with a variety of class options for every skill level.  

Have Fun!  

Whether you’ll be there in person or will be watching on TV, we hope you have a blast celebrating curling in Omaha this season! For more ideas on what to do in the Omaha area, explore the rest of our blog, The Dodge Voice.  

Nov 5, 2021 Communities
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