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Preparing for a Winter Visit

Preparing for a Winter Visit

It’s only November and we have snow on the ground, bitter cold temperatures, and limited alpine access. However, this scene is one of beauty and serenity for anyone that ventures through. The seclusion that Stanley provides is unlike any other. You can walk the quite streets with the snow falling all around as the Sawtooth Mountains stand tall as a picturesque background, with smoke lazily swirling out of the chimneys. How can you prepare for your winter trip?

Most of what the preparation is going to be is just being ready for the quiet and the cold. Stanley is a wonderful place to sit and regroup. Taking the time for yourself to relax from your busy life is incredibly important. Now is the time to think about a small vacation, right? Most people want to go to beaches, or amusement parks, or other relatively warm places, but not us, not you. There is something deep down inside that is calling you back to this quiet little town in the Sawtooth Valley. Something is calling you, and sometimes you have to answer it.

When you are packing your bag for this trip, leave the flip flops at home! No matter where you go in town you will need your boots. Whether it is hiking boots, snow boots, or rain boots, bring them with you with some extra warm socks. Just the other morning it was 6 degrees at 9 AM. I wouldn’t want to be caught without warm socks at that time!

Another important factor in preparing for winter here in Stanley is to ensure that you have proper layers. I would prefer to have too many layers on that I can then remove, then be stuck outside when the wind starts blowing in a simple pair of jeans. Long johns, leggings, or flannel lined pants are some of the best options. It is also necessary to keep your core warm. Adding extra layers to your core is a good idea, such as Under Armour tops (or other like brands), vests, flannels, etc.

Now most of this is common sense. However, it is easy to forget certain items when the excitement of a trip hits us as we pack. Here is a simple check list for you all of things that I would recommend, especially if you plan on spending any time in the outdoors.

  • Winter Jacket
  • Snowpants
  • Long johns (or something similar)
  • Under Armour (or something similar)
  • Gloves
  • Hat
  • Hand Warmers
  • Scarf
  • Snowshoes, skiis, skates (when the ice rink is prepared) etc.
  • Tire chains for your car (if necessary)
  • The love for adventure, peace, and Stanley!

Now you are packed and ready for your time in Stanley. Old man winter can be harsh here, but now you have to think about what you want to do while you are here. Stay tuned for a new blog post on the different winter activities you can enjoy as you visit our quiet little town.

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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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