Stories From Stanley, Idaho

8 Reasons to Visit Stanley in the Winter

8 Reasons to Visit Stanley in the Winter

If you love Stanley in the summer, you need to experience it blanketed in snow. It’s time to take your wanderlust to a new level and explore the winter recreation activities and natural beauty in the Sawtooth Valley. All you need are warm clothes and an adventurous spirit. The solitude and enduring memories will keep you coming back.

Nordic Skiing
If you can shuffle your feet, you can cross-country ski! Discover your new favorite groomed trails at Park Creek and Alturas Lake. Whether you cross-country or skate ski, you’ll enjoy the cardio workout, awe-inspiring scenery and fresh mountain air.

Cross Country Skiing at Alturas Lake – photo by Erica Cole

Backcountry Skiing
Untracked powder, expansive views and unmatched terrain take backcountry skiing to the next level. Sawtooth Mountain Guides can guide you into carving your own path in this rugged wilderness. And a getaway in a yurt at the base of Williams Peak should be on everyone’s bucket list. It’s winter glamping at its best!

Photo courtesy of Sawtooth Mountain Guides

Are you up for some thrilling, stupefying snowmobiling adventures? Traverse through breathtaking winter scenery on a groomed trail or veer off to break your own trail. If you don’t have a sled, rent one at Smiley Creek Lodge. Be a Stanley sledhead!

Stanley Snowmobile Trail – photo by Erica Cole

Sled on a groomed hill with Sawtooth Mountain views that’ll knock your mittens off. Plan a family fun day at Park Creek. Bring a sled, laundry basket, saucer, innertube, toboggan or a piece of cardboard. You get the idea…..just get out there and play with your kids!

Park Creek – photo by Erica Cole

Ice Skating
Did you know Stanley has an ice skating rink? It’s true! Grab a pair of skates from the shed next to the rink and skate to your heart’s content.

Stanley Ice Skating Rink (photo source: https://www.facebook.com/StanleyIdahoIceRink/)

It’s the perfect alternative to skiing! Take it all in at a slower pace while carrying on a conversation with your BFF. Snowshoe on the groomed road into Redfish Lake. It’s a must-see winter wonderland.

Redfish Lake – photo by Erica Cole

Wildlife Viewing
The bears may be hibernating, but the snow is pushing other animals into the valley. Any of the scenic byways into Stanley provide visitors with glimpses of wildlife. Get your camera ready for shots of elk, deer, fox, coyotes, eagles, hawks, snowshoe hare plus the elusive moose and wolves.

Elk in Stanley – photo by Erica Cole

Salmon River and Sawtooth Mountains…..it’s all the inspiration you need!

Salmon River and Sawtooth Mountains – photo by Erica Cole

Embrace winter in Stanley!

Do.  Sleep.  Eat.

Blog written by Erica Cole



Featured Local Events

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.


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


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


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!


LINK: http://sawtoothskiclub.com/

TEL: 208-774-3487

CONTACT: David or Karen keiski@ruralnetwork.net


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