On Wednesday, the 4th of March, dawn blazed brilliantly over the mountain peaks and poured some welcome warmth into the Sawtooth Valley. The temperature at the Alturas Lake ski area started out at zero but quickly rose to a balmy 5 degrees by 9 a.m. Patriotic Sawtoothians honor this day since it marks the dawn of the Idaho Territory, signed into existence by Abraham Lincoln in the early morning hours of March 4th, 1863. We might suggest whooping it up with a celebratory afternoon ski tour around magnificent North Cabin Creek Trail and on to Alturas Lake. These trails were both groomed on Tuesday and are skiing great. What better place to experience  “Ee-dah-how” – “Behold! the sun coming down the mountain!”