In the small quaint villages and outlying homesteads of the Sawtooth and Wood River Valleys, the Stanley Basin and the Salmon river canyon, preparations for the 13th annual Sawtooth Ski Festival on March 7th and 8th are now in full swing. Unique homemade items by local artisans, such as mittens, stocking caps, jewelry, and paintings and photographs of outstanding merit will be offered at the Silent Auction dinner on Saturday Night in Stanley. Certificates for hearty dinners at local inns and public houses, as well as for entertaining horse, boat and ski excursions will be up for bid. Musical entertainment from Dewey, Pickette and Howe is expected to delight the assembled crowd. At outdoor events beginning at 11 a.m. each day for the athletically inclined, a chili feed should satisfy the poker run enthusiasts at Park Creek on Saturday. And on Sunday, at the Alturas lake ski trails, hearty soup dishes ladled out by pretty girls from the village should not to be missed. Skiing conditions are expected to be good at Park Creek where grizzled groomer Thaddeus Sardonicus has been shoveling snow onto bare spots and dragging and fluffing where he can. At Alturas, Timinius the Younger groomed to the lake on Monday and said the trail looked as good as he has ever seen it in his brief brilliant career. Leftover groomer Divinius the Elder was last seen shoveling in a tree well along the creek.