When the weather gets cold, it's time to break out your winter gear and head to Stanley! The popular outdoor recreational hotspot is bustling with activities all year round! Stanley is your destination for winter activities like backcountry and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and skating. With the impressive Sawtooth Mountains, the nearby Salmon River, and miles upon miles of trails to explore by foot, bike, horse, or ski, it would be a shame to limit all that beauty to just the summer months.
Under three hours from the central Treasure Valley, escaping to the lovely mountain city can be a day trip or a fabulous weekend excursion. The city's businesses, activities, and lodging don't close when the snow starts. Instead, they break out the kooky events, any and all snow vehicles, and plenty of hot cocoa.
If you're ready to explore Stanley in its stunning, snowy glory, we've got all the details on how you can enjoy the breathtaking area this winter.
Can't Miss Stanley Winter Events
Stanley is one of Idaho's crowning gems of recreation and natural beauty. The snowy winter months are one of the best times to visit, and what could be better than attending one of the several annual events? Here's what's on the roster this season:
- Sawtooth Outdoor Bonspiel - Pioneer Park
- Stanley Skating Pond Hockey Tournament - Pioneer Park
- Salmon River Snowmobiler's Ball and Fun Run - Mountain Village Resort
- February 11th
- Purchase raffle tickets here
- Stanley Winterfest! - Ace of Diamonds
- February 17th - 18th (Presidents Day Weekend)
- Sawtooth Ski Festival
- March 4th - 5th
- Additional event info here
Can't make it up for an event or prefer a more relaxed experience over the crowds? No worries; many of these winter activities in Stanley are available any day of the week. Simply bring your skis, snowmobiles, fat tire bikes, etc., and take in the astonishing winter-scape that's blanketing Stanely this time of year.
For more information on upcoming events in Stanley, click here
Make a Weekend of It With Stanley Lodging
Stanley is one of those Idaho destinations that deserves more than just a few hours to experience. That's why locals and travelers worldwide make frequent trips to the city and mountains. Thankfully, there are several lodging options between hotels, cabins, guest ranches, RV parks, and vacation rentals. *Pro-tip: Book early, thank us later!
Here's our recommendation for lodging to support this winter season:
- Mountain Village Resort
- Lower Stanley Country Cabins & Motel
- Sawtooth Hotel
- Stanley High Country Inn
- Stanley Town Square
- The Stanley Outpost
- Triangle C Cabins
- Valley Creek Lodge & RV Park
For more recommendations and a complete list of lodging options in the greater Stanley area, check out the link below. Stanley Lodging
Stanley Winter Businesses
While many of us love taking a trip up to the Sawtooth mountains,122 lucky Idahoans, call Stanley their year-round home. By browsing the grocers, restaurants, and other businesses open through the winter, we can help to support the small town we all love. So book a room at Mountain Village Resort and grab a slice at Papa Brunees—the mountains are calling!
Check out the restaurants, grocers, galleries, and other businesses open in Stanley this season at this link
More Powder, Less People
Whether you’re a winter sports newbie or expert, Stanley is ready to show you the best snow in Idaho. With proper gear, like the amazing heated gloves at Riverwear, you won't even notice the cold. So get out, try something new, meet the phenomenal residents, and discover why memories are made in Stanley.
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