Steve Laycock shoots a stone during the Meridian Canadian Open in North Battleford, Sask. (Anil Mungal)

Tour Challenge full-event passes now on sale

February 3, 2017, 1:54 PM

Full-event passes are now on sale for the Tour Challenge, running Sept. 5-10 at the Co-operators Centre at Evraz Place in Regina.

Visit to purchase your pass today!

The Tour Challenge is the opening event of the 2017-18 Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling season and is the largest of the event on the schedule with a total of 60 men’s and women’s teams split into two tiers of action.

Tier 1 features the top teams from around the world battling for curling supremacy. Edmonton’s Val Sweeting and Niklas Edin of Sweden are the reigning champions while Calgary’s Kevin Koe and Silvana Tirinzoni of Switzerland captured the inaugural titles in 2015.

The Tour Challenge also begins the chase for the Rogers Grand Slam Cup, awarded to the men’s and women’s teams who earn the most bonus points over the course of the Pinty’s GSOC season.

Tier 2 spotlights the next group of teams aiming to springboard up the ranks alongside a handful of local squads looking to make their mark. Winners of the Tier 2 stage will move up earning berths to compete in a future Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling event. Past Tier 2 champions include Winnipeg’s Kerri Einarson, Jim Cotter of Vernon, B.C., Greg Balsdon of Kingston, Ont., and Jacqueline Harrison of Mississauga, Ont.