Back in 2003, I invited a writer named Chris Santella to float and fish with us on the Middle Fork with Solitude. One of my guides said Chris was working on a book called “Fifty Places To Fly Fish Before You Die”. I didn’t know much about Chris, but I trusted my guide and we had Chris along. The next year, his book came out…and it would go on to become one of the best-selling fly fishing books in years. “At the time, I thought I’d do one book, and that would be that,” Santella said. “At least I’d have something to show my grandchildren.”
Good Snowpack Means Great Rafting and Fishing This Summer
While parts of California, Oregon and Washington have been a bit starved of precipitation this winter, Idaho has been blessed with above average snowfall. According to the Idaho Department of Resources, snowfall for the Salmon Basin (which feeds the Middle Fork) is at 115% as of April 3rd. That means that the Middle Fork will be delivering some first-rate whitewater action in June…and that levels should be optimal for fishing throughout the season. Thank you, weather gods!
The Boise Curling Club will be hosting the second annual Sawtooth Outdoor Bonspiel (the “S.O.B.”) in Stanley, Idaho on January 24-26, 2014.
Who would have imagined that someone would have thought of bringing curling to Stanely Idaho. Sure, we see this sport in the Oylmpics but this is something new for Central Idaho and curling is gaining in popularity.
One could not ask for a more picturesque setting than the beautiful Sawtooth Mountains and the quaint little town (Population 69) than Stanley. Hot springs to soak in, cross country skiing and then go watch a curling match for free.
Curling games will take place Friday evening and continue on Saturday morning, late Saturday afternoon, and Sunday morning. There will even be a place for spectators who want to try their hand at curling during the bonspiel, No charge for this opportunity to learn to curl. A session at noon on Saturday for those who want to learn more about curling.
So saddle up folks and head for Stanley in January.
Take time to experience a bit of history while visiting Bonanza and Custer Ghost Towns. These two towns came to life in the late 1800’s during the gold mining boom. A $20,000 gold find in 1875 sparked a flood of miners who converged on Custer and Bonanza in hopes of making a stake and a fortune in mining. Now visitors can take a step back in time and experience what life was like during the height of their prosperity. Recently purchased by the U.S. Forestry Service in conjunction with Friends of Custer Society, the towns are slowly being renovated and reconstructed.
Visitors can enjoy a self guided walking tour of these two towns and view seven original structures that were a hub for mining activities. In addition to the buildings, visitors can also view old machinery that is lying near the entrance of the General Custer Mill. On your way out, be sure to check out the Boothill Cemetery where you will spot three unmarked graves that rumor has it is the final resting place of a love story gone bad…
Cold weather is no match for the spirit of locals and visitors to Stanley, Idaho. With temps that can reach thirty-below zero, the winter months can be a time of quiet and solitude. It is also a time for outdoor enthusiast to experience some of the most amazing backcountry skiing and to discover a landscape that is untouched by modernization. Skiers enjoy deep powder and steep chutes that only the Sawtooth Mountains can offer.
Perhaps you would rather take it slow on some of the best groomed Nordic ski trails around. Enjoy miles of trails with unmatched views of the mountain range. Nordic skiers have come to love the annual Sawtooth Ski Festival held every March. During this two day event skiers can navigate miles of groomed trails, enjoy hot homemade food and great music followed by a silent auction.
There is just no better place to spend the winter months than Stanley, Idaho!
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