The lifts will begin turning at Tamarack Resort Dec. 13, despite a drawn-out foreclosure process. The Idaho resort will once again operate on a limited schedule this season.
“From a recreational standpoint, we’re ready to go,” Wolfe Ashcraft, marketing and recreation manager at Tamarack, told SnoCountry.com. “Everything will be operating and fully functional.”
Tamarack’s six lifts will run four days a week – Thursday through Sunday – for a 100-day season. The resort will stay open for 18 straight days, however, over the Christmas holidays, another 10-day stretch for the President’s Day, 10 days for spring break and the Monday Martin Luther King holiday.
This season will be the fourth in a row where the Tamarack Homeowners Association has run the 10-year-old resort, which went into foreclosure in 2008 and has struggled to find buyers and capital every since.
The resort currently is run by a staff at one-third of full strength, Ashcraft said, accumulating about 50,000 skier-days on its truncated schedule. Acting as a legal receiver, the 350-member homeowners association oversees operations on the mountain, equipment rental, some retail and the ski school. The remainder, including lodging and food-and-beverage outlets are operated by third parties, he said.
“Despite the foreclosure and some bad snow years, we’ve been overall successful,” he said. “We’ve had a 7 percent increase in business for the last two years and expect the same this season.”
Progress on the foreclosure front has been slow but several parcels, including the commercial area in the base village, 17 townhouses and a development lot at the base have been purchased by creditors, pending a six-month redemption period, Ashcraft said.
Still awaiting auction are the Lake Wing site for a future lodge; the ski area with its infrastructure and undeveloped real estate; and, the golf course.
“We’ve had plenty of potential buyers come through,” Ashcraft told us. “The assumption is that there are valid buyers out there to purchase and put things together.”
Tamarack officials have faith that the attraction of a 900-acre mountain with 2,800 feet of vertical will continue to bring regional skiers and riders from Boise, and destination visitors from Spokane, Seattle and Portland.
Photo: Lift at Tamarack, Idaho (Tamarack)