This weekend we are determined to host the recently postponed 17th annual Sawtooth Ski Festival come snow, hell or high water. At 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 9th at the Park Creek Ski Trails, homemade chili and treats will await eager participants at the annual Big Fun Poker Run. At 5:30 Saturday evening at the Stanley Community Building, Chef Sean will present a delicious Holy Mole Chicken dinner featuring authentic Mexican Mole smuggled across an unfenced section of the southern border on a real mule! At the same time an amazing silent auction will take place. Many local businesses, arts and crafts people and friends of the club have donated art, wonderful services, lovely things, ski and fashion accessories, cool vacation lodgings, restaurant certificates, ski passes and deliciously fantastic items to the auction. We are not kidding when we say we’ve got some good stuff this year! At 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 10th 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. Join us to have some fun and to promote quality cross country ski trails at Park Creek and Alturas Lake.
Thanks to the hard work of our dedicated groomers, after days of shoveling just to get to the ski area and then digging grooming equipment out of deep snowy holes, driving off into dead ends looking for lost trails, digging through drifts while groaning and cussing and filling in scary tree wells while laughing and wondering at the beauty of trees, their efforts are beginning to show results. At Alturas the trails to the east of the creek are looking great. Chad has groomed out a firm hard surface pleasing to classic and skate skiers alike. Old man Davinius is working on the Trail to the Lake and North Cabin and should have skiable products by Sunday eve. And at Park Creek, Adam is rumored to be driving round and round, also hoping to have all trails looking good on the week end.
With the all three routes into the Sawtooth Valley blocked by avalanches and windblown snow, with grooming equipment stuck in snowbanks and ski trails impassable, with frequent electrical outages, no food for the banquet and the wolf at the door, the Sawtooth Ski Club has announced the postponement of the 17th annual Sawtooth Ski Festival for one week. This is an unprecedented turn of events but it seemed like the right thing to do. All festivities are being rescheduled for the weekend of March 9th and 10th, same times, same places. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but the indomitable, never say die spirit of festival workers was forced to yield, powerless in the face of untamed nature.
On Sunday night, with less than 2 weeks to go before the big Sawtooth Ski Festival weekend, trail groomers met around an open fire under the waxing snow moon and tasted the soup kitchen concoctions of Kitty Boy and the pretty girl from the village. All agreed that while the soup was absolutely scrumptious, a bit more curry couldn’t hurt the pot and much merry making and toasting ensued. “Here’s to the pretty girl from the village!” they cried as they guzzled glugg and giggled. Trails at both ski areas had been groomed through the deepest snow drifts and even the trail to Alturas Lake and the terrible hills of North Cabin were once again negotiable, if not yet perfect.
After Chad beat down big snow at Alturas Lake on Friday, Davinius touched up all skate lanes to the east of the creek on Saturday. Classic tracks were added to Over the Hill, South Loop, and the Trail to the Lake as far as the bridge junction. On Sunday, Davinius planned to return to the untracked wastes and push on to the lake. He fed his cats a large breakfast and bid them a teary farewell, fearing that the scary deep drifts might swallow him whole. At Park Creek Adam hopes to have all trails open again by Monday.