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Sawtooth Outdoor Bonspiel Heats Up Stanley Ice

Sawtooth Outdoor Bonspiel Heats Up Stanley Ice

It’s finally happening.  We are emerging from the ice box of January into winter festivity season in Stanley. The days are getting longer, the temperatures are up, and the weekend forecast is looking auspicious for our first 2017 signature event: the 5th Annual Sawtooth Outdoor Bonspiel.

Skaters on the ice

Photo courtesy Idaho Statesman

Never heard of a Bonspiel? Don’t fret, until I came to Stanley, either had I, so I’ve done a little research for you. Check out this definition from UrbanDictionary.com:

     n. "sporting" activity in which marginally inebriated Canadians curl large lumps of granite down a frozen carpet of ice in order to obtain a "hammer" which, I believe, is the metric equivalent of a "fifth" of rye. Oddly enough a "fifth", in curling, is a player too incompetent to play well.

playing on the ice

Photo courtesy Idaho Statesman

Simply put, it’s a curling tournament, but in Stanley it also represents the end of the harshest weather and the beginning of what we love about winter. From its roots in 1500’s Scotland to Olympic popularity, curling continues to draw Idahoans to rinks all over the state. This year, 16 four person teams are competing, with two alternate teams waiting in the wings. The Lawn Chairs, Stanley’s very own team, will once again grace the ice.

ice squeegee

Photo courtesy Boise Curling Club

Most of us are familiar with the curling events featured in the Winter Olympics, but what we see on TV only tells part of the story. The sport of curling is defined by a passionate adherence to sportsmanship and good will. Players praise strong shots by the opposing team and refrain from applauding their own success. According to Wikipedia, “concession is an honourable act and does not carry the stigma associated with quitting, and also allows for more socializing.”

Good times off the ice

Photo courtesy SOB

“Socializing” often means the time honored tradition of the winning team buying the first of many rounds enjoyed while recounting highlights of play. Off rink events this year include opening ceremonies, a banquet dinner, and live music at the Mountain Village Stanley Club Saloon by Austin, Texas sensation Aaron Einhouse.

taking a break from the ice

Photo courtesy SOB

According to curler Daniel Dettmers, “It takes about 4 hours of curling to go from newbie to beginner. Another 50 hours gets you from beginner to novice. To go from novice to skip (expert) will take 5 to 25 years. It’s a steep learning curve.” Curling also comes with its own language, bringing new meaning to words like biter, hog line, bumper, burning, and swingy. Ready to try your hand? Come on up to the rink at noon on Saturday for instruction, throwing practice, and your first game. It’s almost a guarantee you’ll get hooked. In fact, that’s how this one of a kind event was born, from a Learn to Curl class put on by the Boise Curling Club.

kids on the ice

Photo Courtesy SOB

If you live in Idaho, you’ve probably spent the last few weeks dealing with the less enjoyable aspects of winter. Drop that shovel, grab a friend and treat yourself to a break. Come to the high country for an unforgettable new experience at the Sawtooth Outdoor Bonspiel. See you there! --Alison French Steen

For more information, visit the Stanley Sawtooth Chamber of Commerce at http://stanleycc.org/event/fifth-annual-sawtooth-outdoor-bonspiel-s-o-b/

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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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