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Beyond the Stanley Summer

Beyond the Stanley Summer

Photo Credit: Ellen Libertine

Photo Credit: Ellen Libertine

Look out your window. Do you see the leaves changing colors? Do you see the bright yellows and golds of the aspen trees that line the mountain side? If you are not in Stanley, what is it that shows that the season is changing, and that fall is here? There are many identifiers across the whole country that shows the changing of seasons. Many restaurants and coffee joints proudly display their “Pumpkin Spice” in their windows. Pumpkin patches are turning bright orange. Apple picking season is here. There are so many indications that fall is here, so let’s look at some of the ones in Stanley.

 As we all know, Stanley is a summer hub. There are thousands of people every summer that flock to Stanley to enjoy the nice temperatures and cool waters. Now that school is back in session, there are fewer and fewer people in town every day. The evenings are cold, many times below freezing already, and we wake up with frost across our lawns and the mountains hiding behind a layer of fog.

Photo Credit: Ellen Libertine

Photo Credit: Ellen Libertine

So what is there to do now that it is getting cold and places are slowly going to be closing for the winter? Go out and explore!! Yes, it’s getting chilly, but town is still as exciting as it ever was! Go grab a warm cup of coffee from any local restaurant in the morning to help you wake up and shake off the bitter cold. Then layer up and go for a hike. The brisk air will refresh you and rejuvenate you. Every day is an exciting adventure so get out there and enjoy it all.

Photo Credit: Ellen Libertine

Photo Credit: Ellen Libertine

Some of the campground in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area will be closing within the coming weeks. For up-to-date information please visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/sawtooth/recreation/camping-cabins/?recid=5768&actid=29 and click on the site that you wish to use. Other closures and information can be found on the Stanley Chamber of Commerce webpage at www.stanleycc.org . Our website has the phone numbers of every lodging resource and restaurant in town, so feel free to give them a call!

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Even though the summer is over, it does not mean that the fun has ended in Stanley! Next week we will be talking about the winter activities that Stanley has to offer.  The summer has flown by, but the winter will also be fun, as long as you dress warm and like snow. Post your fall adventures in and around Stanley on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/StanleyIdaho  or tag us in a picture on Instagram @stanley_id. We would love to hear about your fall adventures!


Source Url: http://stanleycc.org/beyond-stanley-summer/

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DATE: January 26,2018

LOCATION: Stanley Outdoor Ice Rink

The Boise Curling Club will be hosting the sixth annual Sawtooth Outdoor Bonspiel (the “S.O.B.”) from January 26th through January 28th. The 2018 S.O.B. will be a 16-team, three-day open bonspiel (curling tournament) on the outdoor ice rink in Stanley. The S.O.B. will begin at 5pm on Friday and end at noon on Sunday. Curling teams from Wisconsin, Michigan, California, Arizona, Washington, Montana,and Utah will be traveling to Stanley to compete in this year’s S.O.B.

Games will take place Friday evening, Saturday morning, Saturday evening, and Sunday morning. Up to five curling games will be played simultaneously in a series of 2-hour “draws”, which start at 5pm on Friday. Spectators are welcome to come and watch the Bonspiel for free. Each of the sixteen teams plays at least three games during the weekend. There will be a free “Learn to Curl” class on Saturday at noon (weather permitting) for those who want to learn how to curl.

CONTACT & DETAILS

LINK: http://www.sobidaho.com

TEL: 208-310-1207

CONTACT: Jared Beisher jared@boisecurlingclub.org

DATE: February 9 - 11, 2018

LOCATION: Multiple locations around Stanley

The 9th Annual Stanley-Sawtooth Winterfest has been scheduled for February 9th through February 11th with events for everyone. All events are FREE!

Events planned for 2018:

  • Glow in the Dark Pub Crawl and Parade
  • Beach Party
  • Fat Bike Fondo
  • Ski Plane Fly-in
  • Kid’s Concert with the Boise School of Rock
  • Street Dance on Ace of Diamonds
  • Outhouse Race
  • “Wild ‘n’ Woolley” Drag Race
  • Three-Legged Race
  • “Howlin’ Wolf” Raft Ride
  • Bridge Street Chicken S__t pool

Live Music at Mountain Village and The Kasino Club! No cover charge

CONTACT & DETAILS

LINK: stanleywinterfest.com

TEL: 614-260-4468

CONTACT: info@stanleywinterfest.com

DATE: February 17, 2018

TIME: Mulitple times

LOCATION: Mountain Village Resort Restaurant & Lounge/Parking Lot

The Salmon River Snowmobile Club 2017 Snowmobiler’s Ball & Fun Run has been scheduled for February 17th, 2018

  • 10:00am – Snowmobile “Fun Run” begins at Mountain Village Resort parking lot. Sign up from 10:00am to 12:00noon. Riders will leave from the parking lot and must be back by 3:00pm.
  • 5:00pm to 9:00pm – “Meet, Greet, & Eat”
  • 9:00pm – Raffle, Silent Auction, and Prizes at the Mountain Village Resort Restaurant and Saloon. Restaurant is available to all ages, Saloon 21 years and older. The $20 Raffle will be for the following prizes: 1st: 2018 Polaris Pro RMK 163″; 2nd: Husqvarna 455 Rancher Chain Saw; 3rd: $100 Cash

CONTACT & DETAILS

LINK: mountainvillage.com

TEL: 208-774-3609

CONTACT: Gary Cvecich cvecich@ruralnetwork.net, salmonriversnowmobileclub@gmail.com

DATE: March 2 - 4, 2018

TIME: Multi-times

LOCATION: Park Creek Ski Area, Alturas Lake Ski Area, Community Building, Stanley, ID

March 3rd & 4th, 2018 — Sawtooth Ski Club 16th Annual Ski Festival

  • SATURDAY, March 3rd, Park Creek Ski Area
    Highway 21, 7 miles W. of Stanley
    11am-2pm Homemade Chili & Treats
    Poker Run!!!
    Winning hand called at 1:30 pm
  • SATURDAY EVENING 5:30-8:30pm
    Stanley Community Building
    Dinner Extravaganza
    Incredible Silent Auction, bring your checkbook!
  • SUNDAY, March 4th
    Alturas Lake Ski Area
    Highway 75, 20 miles S. of Stanley
    11am-3pm Soup Kitchen Social
    Great ski trails and a great time!!!

The Sawtooth Ski Club will host the 16th Sawtooth Ski Festival March 3rd and 4th. Come ski, play, feast, dance, shop and socialize, all while supporting Cross Country Skiing in Stanley Sawtooth Country! At 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 3rd at the Park Creek Ski Trails, homemade chili and treats will await eager participants at the annual Poker Run. Donating fun lovers ski or snowshoe a fun course, stopping at stations to collect cards and when the game is called at 1:30, whoever has collected the best poker hand wins a most excellent prize! At 5:30 Saturday evening at the Stanley Community Building, our ski club celebrity chef will present a delicious dinner and at the same time an amazing silent auction will take place. Many local businesses, arts and crafts people and friends of the club donate lovely things, wonderful services, ski and fashion accessories and deliciously fantastic items to the auction. At 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 4th at the Alturas Lake Ski Trails Soup Kitchen Social, enjoy great skiing along with with trailside soup and cookies. All events are donation based, so be sure to bring your check book or cash for the donation jars. The Sawtooth Ski Festival is our only fundraising event of the year. We depend on memberships, donations and Ski Festival proceeds to fund our efforts to provide quality groomed cross country ski trails at Park Creek and Alturas lake. Call Karen Keiski at 208-774-3487 if you wish to volunteer for any of the events or donate to the silent auction. See you at the Festival!

CONTACT & DETAILS

LINK: http://sawtoothskiclub.com/

TEL: 208-774-3487

CONTACT: David or Karen keiski@ruralnetwork.net

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