Summer in Idaho mountains has always been popular for folks who seek the remote and the cool of the western massif of the Rocky Mountains – and the 13 major ski and snowboard resorts that are up and running for the summer.
After a decade of uncertainty, Tamarack Resort appears to have found financial stability and will embark on major improvements to the village and mountain facilities in the 2019 off-season.
Payette River goes big near Tamarack. (Tamarack Resort/Facebook)
The winter may be over, but a solid reminder of what a good year it was in the West continues to play out in the rivers that are flowing bank-full out of the mountains this spring.
The future seems brighter at Tamarack, thanks to home owners (Tamarack/Facebook)
The home owners at Tamarack Resort have once again dug in their heels and assured that the troubled Idaho mountain will be open for skiing and snowboarding this season.
The Tamarack Municipal Association paid off nearly $270,000 in back taxes to the county and now has control of winter and summer operations, including six lifts, lodging, food and beverage services, and a zipline. From 2009 to 2014, the resort has been run by the homeowners association that encompasses some 400 properties around the base of the mountain, until a management firm took over last season.
The future of a number of other properties around the base area still must be determined, likely through public tax auction, but all the facilities necessary to operate the 900-acre ski and snowboard mountain are in place for this season – and possibly beyond.
“The long-term outlook is very positive, because the owners can be very proactive towards finding developers and investors to help finish our unfinished real estate projects,” GM Brad Larson told local media.
Opening date for 2016-2017 season is set for Dec. 9, and season tickets are on sale at $419 for adults until Nov. 14. In addition, the central Idaho resort has begun holding job fairs for winter employment.
Officials believe that the solidity in ownership will re-establish the Tamarack and its 2,800 feet of vertical as a destination for both regional skiers and riders from Boise, and those from Spokane, Seattle and Portland.
Tamarack was opened in 2004 as a year-round, major destination resort. But plans got waylaid in 2008, when the former owner disappeared and his banker, Credit Suisse, had to assume the assets. The bank was the sole bidder in a bankruptcy auction.
Sales for next year’s season passes are beginning earlier and earlier, with competition slicing prices to the bone. But one Idaho resort has decided that enough is enough.
Ski and snowboard resorts all over Idaho have lifted the ropes on the 2015-2016 season as timely snow and low temps have produced solid bases at most of the state’s 17 mountains.
Last year’s tough winter in Idaho hasn’t deterred projects at a number of resorts that aim to upgrade everything from mountain terrain to on-mountain lodges to overnight accommodations.
Upgrades to snowmaking and grooming will be top priorities this summer at Tamarack Resort, as a new resort management firm takes over operations at the central Idaho ski and snowboard mountain.
This past weekend’s storm dropped double-digit snow dumps on northern California mountains and then stayed north with a pre-Christmas gift for the Wasatch in Utah and Colorado resorts along I-70.
This summer in Idaho saw crews working on trails, lodges and terrain parks at mountain resorts, and the fruits of those labors are now ready for skiers and snowboarders to enjoy. Eight resorts announced improvements and upgrades that were completed during the offseason, and one, Tamarack Resort, is back to a full-week schedule under new ownership.
Idaho is known for its wild and powdery backcountry that can be reached slowly on foot, or for those less patient, by snowcat at seven locations and helicopter at one.
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.