We’re happy to help announce that Tamarack Resort in west central Idaho will be opening this Sat., December 15, 2012, 9 am–4 pm. As of today, the resort is reporting 7″ new in the last 2 days and current snow depth of 51″ at the summit, 33″ mid-mountain and 8″ at their base. Smartphone users can now access snow reports, web cams, and more when using the resort’s new mobile website. This season the resort will be operating every Thursday – Sunday and holidays, and expanding lift operations to 7 days per week from December 20th through January 6th during Christmas break. For the second year, Tamarack Ski Resort will give skiers and riders a free one day lift pass on opening day in exchange for each donation of a non-perishable meal for four. Just bring your donation to Tamarack on opening day for a free day of skiing. Staff members and volunteers from the food banks and the Western Idaho Community Action Partnership (WICAP) community center in Valley County will be on hand to collect the donations from 5am-2pm. Your donations will help provide meals for a family of four in a community-based effort to address food insecurity in Valley County by giving the donated food to local food banks and WICAP.
This season Tamarack will run six lifts, plus the addition of Buttercup, to give skiers access to the resort’s 900 acres and 2800 vertical feet of spectacular skiing. The resort also will see improvements at the terrain park. Numerous hips and rails will be added and a special park for younger, more inexperienced riders will be available in the Discovery learning area. Tamarack will be offering two multi-week lesson programs: The Trailblazers ski school program is geared for youth ages 4 – 11. This program is expanding to include higher level competitive, multi-day skiing. The Beginner’s Mountain Adventure Program is for ages 13 and up. Both options include multiple lessons, rentals, and a season pass for the 2012- 2013 season.
Speaking of passes and tickets: Tamarack is offering some of the best lift ticket deals around. You’ll want to check out some of these for sure:
Lodging is available at the resort seven days a week, and skiers who stay four nights ski free! Lastly, the Nordic trail system has doubled in size to offer approximately 20 km of groomed trails including a new golf course loop with bi-weekly grooming. Nordic trails are open seven days a week. New this season, skiers may purchase Nordic season passes individually for families, adults and youth. Additionally, access to the Nordic trails is included with the purchase of a 2012-2013 alpine season pass.
Tamarack Resort is located approximately 90 miles north of Boise on the west shore of Cascade Reservoir, southwest of Donnelly in Valley County. The ski area was closed for the 2009-2010 season but re-opened in Dec. 2010 with five of seven chairlifts, funded by the Tamarack Municipal Association.