Ice stock sport (sometimes also referred to as ice curling) has been played for centuries and is now considered great fun for the whole family. Ice stock is a sport mainly found in the Alps and was originally played anywhere where lakes and rivers were frozen. Today it is often played on purpose built ice curling rinks which are frozen either artificially or naturally. Ice stock sport or ‘Eisstockschießen’ as it’s called in German is generally only practiced outdoors. It dates from the 13th century and was probably first introduced by the Scandinavians. Stock sport is also played in the summer on asphalt and smooth concrete paths.
The ‘stock’ consists of 3 parts – the handle, the stock body and the base. The stock body weighs between 2.73 kg and 3.83 kg and is divided into 4 weight types. The replaceable base is made of plastic in the summer and rubber in the winter. Each base has a different degree of hardness with corresponding colours. The different hardnesses have different levels of friction with the ground or ice below and therefore have different tactical behaviours.
Playing in teams in the most popular way to play. Two teams take it in turns to shoot their stocks at a target. The target is a ‘jack’ located some 24.5m away in the centre of a target area. Only the stocks located in the target area close to the jack are scored. The winner is the team with the most points.
Ice stock sport is great fun even if you’ve never played before. It is often played at night accompanied by hot Mulled wine and is suitable for families and groups.
Ice stock sport locations in Lienz
Lienz (where AdventureAustria are based) and the surrounding areas offer perfect conditions for playing this sport with many suitable locations to choose from.
Lienz | Pfister
Four ice rinks available. Open daily except Monday from 17.00 – 22.00 (last possible start: 21.00).
Assling | Sports Place Thal
This facility is located at the sports ground in the valley, next to the ’Vithal’ leisure centre. Curling is available every Tuesday and Friday from 18.30.
Dölsach | Eisstockbahnen Marinelli
The rinks are located directly at the Marinelli guesthouse, near the Dölsach train station. Ice stocks can be hired from the Guesthouse.
Iselsberg | Blösenstadion Iselsberg
Just before the hotel Iselsbergerhof in Iselsberg, turn right and drive up to the church. Here, turn left again and go directly to the stadium where the ice rinks are located. Open every Friday from 20.00.
Curling is available on request at the tennis courts every day until 20.00.
The four curling lanes are in Debant in Hermann Gmeiner street right next to the fire station. Available Tuesdays and Fridays 19.00 – 22.00 clock, other days on request.
Oberlienz – Glanz
Tuesdays and Fridays 20.00 – 22.00 (Reservation required!)
The curling rink is located at the Municipal House of Thurn. Guests can use the facility every day for free.