Stories From Stanley, Idaho

Family Fun in Snowy Stanley

Family Fun in Snowy Stanley

Ace of DiamandsIt’s easy to look at the winter season and just want to stay inside. It’s easy to drink hot tea as your kids play on the carpet in front of you, or as they bundle up to head outside for an hour or two. Are you trying to think of what else to do for the winter? Well, hopefully we can give you some answers today! Here are some awesome ideas for you and your family right here in Stanley, Idaho. At the end of this blog, you will find the 2018 Business Directory for our town. That will show you all the lodging, restaurants, and more that are available to you for your winter adventure.

Think about it, a weekend getaway with the family to one of your favorite places. So, pack the snow pants, the extra layers, and some gloves, because now is your time!

Finding a place to stay is your first priority. Mountain Village Resort, Lower Stanley Country Store, and Redfish Riverside Inn are a few of your lodging choices. Mountain Village offers the amenity of having the Restaurant right there for convenience, and you can sign up to use their natural hot spring, a kid favorite. Lower Stanley Country Store and Cabins provides a quieter time, where you can get motel rooms or full cabins for your family. Redfish Riverside Inn provides a beautiful riverside view in most of their rooms, where you may even be able to spot some wildlife!


After we figure out lodging, now we need to know what to plan! This can vary depending on what our snow levels are, what events are happening, and how many people are here at the same time. We have amazing events planned for you this winter, and they’re all coming up soon! January 26-28 is the Sawtooth Outdoor Bonspiel, an event catered to curling teams around Idaho, but a great event to watch with the family. There is also a free “Learn to Curl” lesson on Saturday if any of you want to try it out for yourself. More information can be found on our webpage, or on our Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/306572129863462/.


Later in the winter, from February 9-11, is the 9th annual Stanley Winterfest! Winterfest is a three day event with so many activities for all ages of the family. Do your children enjoy watching planes? Perfect! The Skiplane Fly-in is fun to watch, as planes land on the snowy airstrip. You can even go up and look at some of these planes later! The Ice Skating rink, which is open almost all winter, is also available during Winterfest, and it is free! More information can be found at the Stanley Winterfest webpage at https://www.stanleywinterfest.com/.


When planning these events, it’s always important to stay warm, too. So don’t be afraid to step inside any of our restaurants in town and grab something warm to eat or drink. Pizza right out of the oven, hot steaks cooked to perfection, some Thai influence to add some spice to the day, and hot chocolate and teas can be found in many of our restaurants here in town. Kid’s are welcome in all restaurants, so stop on in and check out the menus!

If you don’t come up for any of our events, don’t worry, there is still plenty for you and your family to enjoy while staying with us. Like I said earlier, the Ice Skating Rink is open to the public, and you can go enjoy skating with the beautiful scenery right behind you. Hot springs in the winter time are always a good option, as well. The Stanley Library also hosts events throughout the winter, such as Coloring Night, Game Night, and much more. Give them a call to learn their winter schedule. Walking through the park is another great, simple activity for the family.

Photo Credit: Natasha Forbinder

Stanley is filled with opportunities. Call us today to let us help you plan your ideal winter getaway in the greatest Gateway town. We can’t wait to see you, and hear all about your new winter memories in Stanley.



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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