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2020 Snowpack

The 2020 snowpack is slowly but surely starting to accumulate.  The majority of Idaho is well above average for snowfall and water index, many areas of the state are reaching 110-130%.  While the Sawtooth zone lacks a bit, we have a lot of winter days remaining.  Keep in mind last February was the highest snowfall month ever recorded on record for the Sawtooth Valley, and Sun Valley areas.  Ketchum alone received over 130 inches of the white stuff.  So if we get 50% of what we received last February…its gonna be a great rafting season! So do a little dance, pray to the snow gods and it will all work out!  We will see you on the Mighty Salmon River come this spring. White Cloud Rafting signing off….

Places to Stay in Stanley, Idaho

Finding a hotel, motel or campsite can be a daunting task, especially when you’re new to the area. Scouring threw reviews, checking cancelations policies and finding a good value kinda takes a bit of the fun out of vacation. Lucky for travelers Stanley, Idaho is jam-packed with great accommodations. From hotels with hot springs, spectacular views of the Salmon River, to crystal clear views of the Sawtooth Mountains. Stanley has lodging that will meet and exceed your expectations. Here is a little cheat sheet to help you out. Stanley Town Square This is one of Stanley’s newest hotels. Situated in historic downtown and elevated on the second floor. The town square clean, has nice views is modern and conveniently located. (208) 918-1578 Lower Stanley Cabins Located just one mile from town Lower Stanley Cabins offers great value with great a…

White Water Rafting in Sun Valley, Idaho

White Water Rafting in Sun Valley, Idaho White Cloud Rafting offers a variety of rafting options on the Salmon River for all skill levels and abilities. Make one of our trips the highlight of your Sun Valley, Idaho Vacation. We invite to our iconic mountain town, Stanley, Idaho for an adventure-filled day! Scenic Trips- No Whitewater White Cloud Scenic Trip occurs on our flatwater section of water. This is a Sun Valley favorite as we are the only outfitter that launches from our office location. Expect hot springs, bald eagles, views on the Sawtooth Mountains and much more. This trips is for all ages and occurs seven days a week. Family Rafting By far our most popular trip and a family favorite! Our class III trip is jam pack with adventure and fun! Parents love it, Kids rave about it!…

Swift-water Safety Institute – Stanley, Idaho classes start May 13

Swift-water Safety Institute is coming to Stanley, Idaho. Summer is around the corner and these classes fill up quickly. So, if you would like to get your preseason high water skills honed or flat -out have zero training. This is also great recertification for the Wood River Fire dept and Sun Valley Fire. No matter your swift water needs SWSI has a class that will work for you. Visit their site to find a good fit for you! SRT-I Salmon River May 13 @ 8:30 am – May 15 @ 4:00 pm $295.00 This training event will be hosted by White Cloud Rafting Adventures and will be a part of the 2020 Idaho River Rendezvous. Class will conclude on Friday the 15th by 4pm to allow for IRR registration and check-in. Course size is limited to 16 students. When: May 13th…

A Day on the River with White Cloud Rafting Adventures

Action-packed and ready to roll! White Cloud Rafting Adventures rocks the waves on the Salmon River in Stanley, Idaho just outside of Sun Valley. For a pure, elevated experience that won’t leave you short on laughs and possibly a permanent grin for a day or two… you really can’t beat a day on the river…

2020 Idaho winter snowpack

The 2020 snowpack is slowly but surely starting to accumulate.  The majority of Idaho is well above average for snowfall and water index, many areas of the state reaching 110-130%.  While the Sawtooth zone lacks a bit, we have a lot of winter days remaining.  Keep in mind last February was the highest snowfall month…

Rafting With Kids…All you Really Need to Know

If you live in Idaho chances are you and your family are fortunate enough to experience for yourself Wild and Scenic Idaho, and all that comes with this great state.   Many families in Idaho have their own rafts and gear, however many people especially visitors to the gem state rely on outfitters and guides to provide the equipment, knowledge and gear for that much need family vacation. When on a guided trip I’ve learned a thing or two about taking to the river with kids in tow. When you go with a group or guided trip, this is all you really need to know… Follow packing list guidelines. When you book a whitewater rafting trip with an outfitter, you’ll be sent a packing list. You should follow it religiously, you and your family will not be sorry. Think you won’t need gloves or…

10 Things to Ask Before Your Rafting Trip

1. What should I wear on the raft? The short answer is it depends, the long answer is you should be prepared for everything and anything nature could throw at you. As a guest on a commercial rafting trip the circumstance are a bit different. Your outfitter should provide some basic rafting gear to ensure you have comfortable and enjoyable rafting trip. It is recommended that you confer with your outfitter to check what will be provided on your trip. Typically on a day trip we recommend our guest wear non-cotton clothing, synthetic materials and wool materials are preferred as these materials dry faster, wick away water and insulate help heat your body when wet. Shorts, shirts, sunglasses, sandals that have a back (not flip flops) and a fleece jacket cover all the bases on our rafting trips. We provide…

June is all about Guide Training – Sun Valley, Idaho

River guides love June! It’s the time to reflect on last year’s guiding season and prepare for the upcoming one. The senior guides talk about how much fun they had last rafting season while the new guides listen intently to their stories. June is all about learning and boating. Old guides sharpen their guiding skills…

Swift Water Training on the Salmon River

White Cloud Rafting guides and friends started their Swift Water Training yesterday on the Salmon River. This certification is a 3-day coarse and ensures our guides have all the bases covered. The guides are having a blast freshening up on their skills and preparing for the upcoming rafting season.

The Old and the New

Many of you have been to the Sawtooth Valley and many of you have not, and this is how I feel every time I come back: I know every cabin, twist and turn in the road, every creek, and every meadow. Yet each time I come back it holds something new for me. Something the…

Equipment Makes All the Difference

There are many things that make White Cloud Rafting a standout company. Staff, guides, great food, Stanley, Idaho, and an unparalleled passion for rafting all top the list. In addition, our customers are constantly commenting on the quality of our equipment. Have you ever showed up after a long flight to get your rental car…

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