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What to do at the Stanley Winterfest

What to do at the Stanley Winterfest

The Ninth Annual Stanley Winterfest is all about getting outside, celebrating winter and having fun at the ridiculously amazing events. The Winterfest has a dizzying amount of things to do to keep revelers entertained all weekend long. Did we mention that all events are FREE?


Howlin’ Wolf Raft Ride (10am – 3pm)

If you thought you couldn't raft in the winter, you haven't been to Stanley Winterfest!  Don’t just imagine the thrill of sliding down a hill in an inflatable raft…..experience it!


40k Fat Bike Fondo (10am)

A fat bike, a fun attitude and determination are all you’ll need to compete in the 40k Fat Bike Fondo. These go-anywhere cycling toys are the ideal way to tour the impressive Sawtooth scenery. The course is designed to take you through varied terrain that can be physically challenging, but totally doable. Don’t forget to wear your helmet!


Ace of Diamonds Boulevard Races

The Winterfest tradition continues as locals and visitors compete for honor and glory in three of the most hilarious races on Ace of Diamonds Boulevard.

Wild-n-Woolley Drag Race (2pm)

We invite all men to put on your purdiest dress and grace the boulevard with your presence. And, ladies, dress like a man and strut your stuff. Competitors will run with their dresses flaring, wigs flapping and staches flying across the finish line. Pure entertainment at its best!


Outhouse Race (3pm)

Construct a creative and, hopefully, aerodynamic outhouse and race it at Winterfest. The rules are easy and registration is free. Compete for 1st, 2nd and Turd place trophies. The winners will be remembered for their speed and creativity, but the real winners are everyone who gets to witness this event.


Three-Legged Race (3:30pm)

Strap the left leg of one runner to the right leg of another runner and run full-speed while wearing snowshoes. What could possibly go wrong?


Bridge Street Chicken Sh!t Bingo (6pm)

A live chicken sh!ting on a master Bingo card. Can you guess how this game is played? Brett Woolley, owner of Bridge Street Grill, is hosting this event so it’s guaranteed to be non-stop laughter.


All Day Activities

Your kids will have fun too! The Kid’s Play Area will be located at the corner of Wall Street and Ace of Diamonds Boulevard.

Pick-up hockey games and/or free skate at the Stanley Ice Rink. If you forget your skates or stick, we've got you covered! You’ll find all you will need in the rinkside shed.  


Photo courtesy of the Stanley Idaho Ice Rink.


Snowmobile Skijoring (10am at the Mountain Village Resort)

While hanging on for dear life to a rope attached to a snowmobile, the skier gets pulled around a course (gracefully, of course!) while collecting rings. Bring your own skis or snowboard. This is a family-friendly event so anyone can do it! 

Embrace Stanley Winterfest with these unforgettable events!


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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