The Sawtooth Mountains to the west of Stanley have over 130 mountain peaks higher than 9,000 feet and hundreds of alpine lakes. The surrounding mountains combined with Stanley's elevation of 6253 feet help to create a very cold climate. Year round, Stanley is known for often being the coldest spot in the continental United States. There are only three months of the year when the average low temperature is above 32 degrees, which makes for a short growing season but makes for an excellent outdoor curling season.
Spectators are welcome to come and watch the bonspiel for free. Curling games will take place Friday evening, Saturday morning, Saturday evening, and Sunday morning.