Stories From Stanley, Idaho

Spring in the Backcountry

Spring in the Backcountry


   Spring Fever has set in so Thea the Siberian husky and I drop off the snowmobile on a fairly secluded ridge in the Stanley Basin.  I unstrap my snowshoes from my sled and put them on.  We plan to head along the ridge to meet up with my good friend whom rode his sled up to the top.  I’m unsure what the snow will be like with these long, warm days and cold nights but the snowshoeing is actually perfect.  We still have great snow coverage and the snow is firm enough to travel on top.  There are all sorts of tracks I see on top of the snow; fox, coyote, snowshoe hare, Thea and me! 

     The weather is perfect in the Spring, and I feel like we are the only two around for miles.  We head on up the ridge, at first a gradual climb that abruptly turns into a sharp incline.  I stop for a second and look up, picking the best route up this “hill” then head on up.  Pacing myself so I don’t get too winded, I glance at Thea and notice this isn’t that difficult for her.  She’s being so good to walk with me, I know that she wants to race to the top and meet Jeff.  She’s certain there is a cookie buried in the snow for her to find.  I look down at her and see her pleading brown eyes, I know that’s her favorite thing ever is to find buried cookies.  I give her the go ahead and she takes off like a shot.  I look after her in wonder and jealousy as I was left her snow dust.  Well, time to keep moving and get to the top!  As I make it up to the top, there is Jeff and Thea (she’s already found the cookie) to greet me. 

There’s no traffic and no noise, just what the doctor ordered – peaceful solitude.

CJ Sherlock





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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