was the first brand new ski resort in North America in over two decades (since
Deer Valley and Beaver Creek) when it opened for skiing in 2004. This Idaho ski resort
is located on 2,100 beautiful acres of slopes by Lake Cascade neighboring the
largest designated federal wilderness in the Lower 48 – The Frank Church River
of No Return Wilderness.
Tamarack quickly maxed out on Credit Suisse money, causing the resort to close
in March of 2009, but Tamarack later reopened for limited skiing the following
season, and is under new management with Replay Resorts of Vancouver as management.
is an amazing story of ups and downs, not just the chairlifts but also the
finances. Tamarack's lift system and trails
were well planned (while the p & l was not), with a variety of terrain
served by 7 swift lifts on a respectable 2,800’ vertical. Bliss and Serenity are
two most beautiful long sweeping blue runs, with phenomenal views. Tamarack’s
south eastern exposure lends itself to sunshine and soft snow. If you like
Tamarack has 5,054 acres of bowl terrain including Wildwoods Bowl
- which reopens for hike-to skiing on 100-acres for 2015-16, and Halfmoon Bowl to the north and Grouse Bowl to the south.
Tamarack’s master plan was projected at $1.5 billion at full build out. The ski
area went in so fast and first class, the resort went into receivership with
Credit Suisse for years and operated with a loan from the homeowners.
Gigantic on-mountain lodges and condo hotels remain unfinished and skier service are out of yurts
around the base area. The exception is the luxurious Lodge at Osprey Meadows – which
is all built and beautiful, home to Tamarack’s extensive Nordic Center and
Morel's - a great lunch spot overlooking Osprey Meadows Golf Course.
Tennis stars Andre Agassi and Stefi Graf own Tamarack real estate, but
Tamarack is not a posh or fancy as say Sun Valley Idaho. We love Tamarack’s terrain and
its remote location (read: few crowds) overlooking the River.
When visiting Tamarack, lodge just 20-minutes away at the lovely
Shore Lodge on Payette Lake in the charming
town of McCall and ski at Brundage as well.
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