Stories From Stanley, Idaho

Sawtooth Ski Festival: March 3 & 4

Sawtooth Ski Festival:  March 3 & 4


Nordic skiers are a fun-loving crowd! So it’s no surprise ski festivals have snowballed through the years. Ski festivals are all about exploring the terrain, bonding with other winter enthusiasts and gathering in an idyllic setting. The Sawtooth-Salmon River country is the ideal place for this festival!

The Sawtooth Ski Club is hosting its 16th Annual Sawtooth Ski Festival in Stanley. You’re invited to this fundraising event to help support their efforts to provide quality groomed cross country and skate ski trails at Park Creek and Alturas Lake.

Saturday, March 3

Park Creek Ski Trails - 7 miles west of Stanley on Highway 21

11am – 2pm

The festivities kick off with homemade chili and treats from the Stanley locals. All skiers and snowshoers are welcome to join in the Poker Run. It's fun and easy! Navigate around a designated course while collecting playing cards at stations along the way. At 1:30pm, it’s the luck of the draw where the best hand wins a fabulous prize.


Stanley Community Building

5:30pm – 8:30pm

The festival really heats up when the Sawtooth Ski Club’s celebrity chef, Sean Peterson, serves his authentic chicken mole (there’s a vegetarian option too!).

The silent auction is a great time for festivalgoers to mingle and browse for those items you simply can’t live without. Here’s a sneak peek of some of the auction items from businesses, artists and locals in Stanley, Wood River Valley, Boise and Challis:

          -  Original art including paintings and photographs
          -  Whitewater rafting trips
          -  Horseback riding trips
          -  A scenic flight over the Sawtooth Mountains
          -  3 night stay at a cabin in West Ketchum
          -  8 pairs of sunglasses from Smith Optics
          -  Ski passes for Sun Valley Nordic and BCRD trails
          -  Jewelry
          -  Clothing including handmade sweaters and scarves
          -  Fine wine
          -  Gift certificates: Redfish Lake, Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch, Kasino Club, Smiley Creek Lodge, Stanley Sluice, Mountain Village Resort, Papa Brunees, Ketchum Grill,
             Pioneer Saloon plus many, many more

Bid often and bid high!


Sunday, March 4

Alturas Lake Ski Trails - 18 miles south of Stanley

11am – 3pm

The Sawtooth Ski Festival culminates at the Soup Kitchen Social. Locals will ladle out hot, delicious goodness made by friends of the Sawtooth Ski Club. Grab a cup along with a sweet treat on your way to/from Alturas Lake, Sheep Thrills or North Cabin Loop.


All events are donation based so bring your checkbook or cash.

If you would like to volunteer for any of these events or donate to the silent auction, please call Karen Keiski at 208-774-3487.

Before March Madness has a chance to set in, the Sawtooth Ski Festival lures folks into a weekend of fun, food, friends…..and, of course, skiing and snowshoeing! It’s filled with pulsating energy to offset cabin fever.

Make your plans to attend the Sawtooth Ski Festival today!


Blog written by Erica Cole





Featured Local Events

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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