The roads may be buried from Boise and Challis right now, but the show will go on in Stanley – and we’ve got lots of fun events planned for the remainder of the snowy season so we hope you’ll join us for the fun.

The excitement really kicks off this weekend at Stanley’s 8th Annual Winterfest – a weekend-long event with all kinds of wild and crazy activities for every age group! Check out the details below…

Stanley Winterfest 2017 (2/17 – 2/19)

Friday, February 17, 2017

  • 7:00pm – Winterfest “Glow in the Dark” Beach Party Parade
  • 9:00pm – Mountain Village Resort Stanley Saloon “Beach Party” Winterfest Kickoff. No cover charge

Saturday, February 18, 2017  

  • 10:00am – “Kid’s Play Lot” at Stanley Town Square
  • 10:00am – Winterfest 40 “Fat Bike Gran Fondo”
  • 10:00am to 2:00pm – Winterfest “Skiplane Fly-in”
  • 10:00am – Stanley Ice Skating Exhibition
  • 10:00am to 3:00pm – “Howlin’ Wolf” Raft Ride
  • 10:00am to 4:00pm – Stanley Library’s “Cookies & Cocoa”
  • 10:00am – “Bonfire Lightings” on Ace of Diamond Street
  • 11:30am to 4:00pm – Winterfest “Music Roundup/Street Dance”. Music by Boise Rock/Stanley Kids, Tylor Bushman & The Train Robbers, and Old Death Whisper
  • 12:00pm – Crowning of the Winterfest “King and Queen”
  • 12:00pm to 3:00pm – Gerheim Gallery “Wine and Art”
  • 1:00pm – “Runway Walk” and crowning of the Drag “King and Queen”
  • 2:00pm – “Wild and Woolley” Drag Race
  • 3:00pm – Winterfest “Outhouse Race”
  • 3:30pm – Winterfest “Three-legged Race”
  • 4:00pm – Awards Ceremony
  • 6:00pm – Bridge Street Grill’s “Chicken Sh!t Pool”
  • 9:00pm – Stanley Club at Mountain Village Resort Saloon – Live music by Old Death Whisper. No cover charge.
  • 9:00pm – Stanley Kasino Club – Live music by Tylor Bushman & The Train Robbers. No cover charge

Sunday, February 19, 2017

  • 12:00pm – Winterfest “Ski Clinic”
  • 12:00pm to 2:00pm – Stanley Library’s “Movie and Munchies”
  • 5:00pm to 9:00pm – Stanley Kasino Club’s “Wind Down & Last Call”. Live music by Tylor Bushman & The Train Robbers . No cover charge.

Next weekend, we’ll continue the fun with the 8th Annual Stanley Sled Dog Rendezvous – which brings dog sled mushers of all ages and abilities up to Stanley for a weekend of fun in the Sawtooths. If you’re simply interested in watching this awesome event, come join us by the bonfire to cheer on the mushers and dog teams. Check out the details…

Sled Dog Rendezvous 2017 (2/24 – 2/26)

**This is a Two-Day Event with Three Course Lengths (8 miles, 20 miles, and 48 miles). Total mileage will be spread across Saturday and Sunday (4 miles, 10 miles, and 24 miles per heat/per day).

Friday, February 24, 2017

  • 5:00pm – Participant Check-In at Stanley Community Building
  • 7:00pm – Musher’s Meeting at Stanley Community Building

Saturday, February 25, 2017

  • 7:30am – Race Information & Check-In at Mountain Village Restaurant
  • 8:30am – Races Begin
  • Junior Races Held Saturday Only
  • Skijoring Races Throughout the Day
  • 9:00pm – Live Music by The Social Animals at Mountain Village Saloon

Sunday, February 25, 2017

  • 7:30am – Race Information & Check-In at Mountain Village Restaurant
  • 8:30am – Races: Day 2 Begin
  • Skijoring Races Throughout the Day

The following weekend, we’ll host two more excellent events: The Idaho State Snowmachine Association 2017 State Ride – which is a weekend long event for every level of snowmachine rider to explore the beauty of the Sawtooths – and the 15th Annual Sawtooth Ski Festival – a fundraiser and nordic skiing celebration thrown by the Sawtooth Ski Club. We love these events and hope you’ll join us for the third weekend in a row. Check out the details…

ISSA State Ride 2017 (3/3 – 3/5)

Friday, March 3, 2017

  • 6:00pm – “Meet and Greet” at Mountain Village Saloon

Saturday, March 4, 2017

  • 10:00am – “Ride With A Guide”, begins at Mountain Village Restaurant
  • 7:00pm – Participant Dinner at Mountain Village Restaurant

Sunday, March 5, 2017

  • 6:00pm – “Casual Day Ride”, begins at Mountain Village Restaurant

15th Annual Sawtooth Ski Festival (3/4 – 3/5)     

**This is a fundraising event so don’t forget to bring your checkbook!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

  • 11:00am to 2:00pm – Poker Run at Park Creek Ski Area
  • ***Skiers and Snowshoers follow a fun course and retrieve poker chips to be used for a winning poker hand (Winner receives new snowshoe set, announced at 1:30pm)
  • 5:30pm to 8:30pm – Silent Auction and Ski Festival Dinner at Stanley Community Building

Sunday, March 5, 2017

  • 11:00am to 3:00pm – Skiing at Alturas Lake Ski Area
  • ***Skiers and Snowshoers follow a well-marked course to the Soup Kitchen Social – where they’ll enjoy hot soups, breads, drinks, and homemade goodies.

Just a few weeks later, we’re very excited to welcome back Marc Price (famed for his role as “Skippy” on Family Ties) and special guest, Ryan Wingfield (voted Idaho’s Funniest) for the Awkward Adult Years Tour, a comedy show the Boston Globe has called “Wickedly Funny!” We’re super excited to host these incredibly funny guys in Stanley! This is definitely an event you don’t want to miss. Check out the details…

Comedy Show (3/25 at 9pm)

9:00 to 11:30pm – Marc Price and Ryan Wingfield at Mountain Village Saloon

Tickets: $10  Buy Tickets Now!

As you can see, there are lots of amazing activities planned over the next several weeks so we hope you’ll join us for some epic fun in the Sawtooths. We can’t wait to see you here!



Stanley, Idaho is a fantastic winter destination surrounded by almost every type of winter adventure you can imagine. We draw adventurous winter spirits from all over the world for access to unparalleled powder, scenery, solitude, and mountain culture – and we’re super proud of that reputation. Many people overlook the Sawtooth Valley during winter due to its extreme temperatures or the icy drive, but if you’re not willing to make the trip, you’re missing an incredible array of phenomenal winter excitement in a community of excellent people who have a passion for this extraordinary place. Check out this list of just a few of the awesome activities that draw people to Stanley each winter…

First and foremost, here are a few area maps that may be helpful:

Stanley Basin / Sawtooth Valley Map

Banner Summit – Lowman to Valley Creek Map



Snowmobiling is the fastest moving way to experience the Sawtooth scenery during the winter months and there are tons of untouched powder and pristine spaces for you to crank the throttle in. And on top of it all, you’re unlikely to see another person throughout your entire ride! One of the most popular routes is to travel from Smiley Creek (south of Stanley) all the way to Redfish Lake then on to Stanley for lunch at the Mountain Village. If you need to rent a snow machine, Sawtooth Traxx can take care of your needs. If you’d prefer a guided trip, you can check out the trip available directly from Smiley Creek Lodge.


Backcountry Skiing

Backcountry Skiing is one extreme way to soak in the adventure of the Sawtooths. While it takes a great deal of effort to climb through the deep snow and into the mountains, it’s super worthwhile in the form of epic, untouched powder runs and some of the most extreme ski lines available in Idaho. This activity is a true test of your skill and survival instinct in some of the most beautiful, but unforgiving terrain in the United States. The best way to experience this adventure is through the Backcountry Yurt system operated by Sun Valley Trekking and Sawtooth Mountain Guides, so be sure to check them out prior to any winter adventure into the Sawtooths.


Cross Country Skiing

With miles of groomed trails at multiple locations, it’s no wonder that cross country skiing is an absolute favorite winter activity for area residents and visitors alike. There are lots of trails in a variety of difficulties that suit all skill levels. From the extensive trail system at Alturas Lake to the host of trail options at Park Creek and all the hard packed ski paths in between, you’re likely to find at least one or two adventurous cross country skiers parked in one of the lots near these areas – but don’t be surprised if you don’t actually see a person in the silence and solitude along the trail. Find trail maps an info here.



Similarly to cross country skiing, snowshoeing is available in a many areas around Stanley. From groomed winter trails to the untouched powder found near many backcountry roads and trails, your snowshoeing adventures depend only upon your skill level and desire to explore. Popular destinations include Redfish Lake, Petit Lake, and Alturas Lake – but there are lots of options for the truly adventurous. We suggest starting with some of the established trail systems and exploring from there.


10986953_603753406421945_8063065885884315106_oIce Hockey

Winter brings about a dedication in the local community that revolves around daily excursions to the local ice rink for pick-up hockey games. Skill is no matter in these friendly matches in which score is rarely kept, so as long as you respect the ice and the people you’re playing with you’re likley a welcome addition to any game. Hockey is also a feature event of the Annual Winterfest, so grab your skates and join in on the fun at what is likely the most scenic ice rink in the entire United States.


Other Winter Activities

Ice Climbing – Over the last several years, a few dedicated souls have found high-risk excitement in climbing the frozen ice walls that grow on the mountain faces during winter. This activity requires long and difficult effort to access, making it approachable to very few.

Image Courtesy of Idaho Statesman

Image Courtesy of Idaho Statesman

Curling – With the ice rink located above town, curling has become a feature activity of the Outdoor Bonspiel event each winter. In its simple form, teams compete in sliding large stone pieces toward a scoring circle at the opposite end of the playing surface. Check it out at the Sawtooth Outdoor Bonspiel 2017!


Dog Sledding – Dog sledding is an age-old method of transportation and communication in the northwest. Hitching up a team of dogs to a sled results in a fast-moving means for traveling over snow, and this activity is celebrated in Stanley. Check it out at the Stanley Sled Dog Rendezvous


Interested in visiting for some fun? We’ve got warm beds, hot food, and everything else you’ll need. Plus we’ve got several newly renovated suites and rooms at excellent winter rates, so check our availability and start planning your trip today.