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Tamarack Resort Idaho

Tamarack Ski AreaTamarack was North America's newest ski resort, the first four-season development in two decades (since Beaver Creek and Deer Valley in the 80's). Tamarack is located in western Idaho, just 20 minutes from the lakeside town of McCall. Tamarack opened for skiing in 2004, on 2,100 acres of slopes served by seven modern lifts. With 42 trails on a long and satisfying 2,800' vertical drop. Tamarack was in bankruptcy for years, with limited operation, but re-opened under management with an infusion of $2.6 million towards snowmaking and grooming in 2014. This 2015-16 ski season Tamarack will open access to 100-acres skiing in Wildwood.

Tamarack went in super fast without concern for cost. Credit Suisse funded the resort into receivership, Tamarack closed March 2009, broke, but reopened with limited lift operation the past few seasons thanks to efforts from Tamarack's home owner association and new management from Resort Replay.

Tamarack Ski AreaTamarack's master plan was estimated at $1.5 billion, and much of it is still incomplete. Gorgeous on-mountain lodges and luxury real estate projects in Tamarack Village remain unfinished, and skiers were being served out of yurts at Discovery Square. The Lodge at Osprey Meadows is complete for on mountain accommodations, with luxury suite lodging overlooking Osprey Golf Course and the Nordic trails. Morel's restaurant in the Osprey Lodge is the place to dine at Tamarack, for a leisurely sit down lunch by the fire.

Tamarack's terrain is extremely pleasant from the 7,700' summit. Tamarack has three terrain Tamarack Ski Areaparks including Hell's Canyon Superpipe for the freestyle skiers and riders in the family. An eastern exposure makes the slopes sunny, with spectacular views of the largest mountain wilderness in the lower 48, Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Tamarack was perfect for skiing families. The terrain is never too steep, but has fun pitches, dips, rolls and knolls as you descend toward the beautiful Lake Cascade. Take your pick from perfectly groomed runs like Bliss and Serenity, or get in the glades (kids love to ski glades) in Mystery Glades. And that's just what' s on the trail map - Tamarack has plenty of backcountry, 5,054 acres, if you are willing to head out to Wildwood, Grouse Bowl or Banana Bowl.

Resort Replay of Vancouver will manage Tamarack Resort this season - the resort needs a big bucks - maybe by tennis stars Andre Agassi and Stefi Graf, who have real estate at the resort can help out. Tamarack could turn out to be one of the best designed ski resorts with a beautiful ski village and highly scenic skiing. While you are in this beautiful part of Idaho, skiers should also visit nearby Brundage and stay at the elegant Shore Lodge in McCall.

Tamarack Ski Stats:
Elevation 7,700', Vertical 2,800'
1,000 Ski Acres
6 Lifts including 2 High Speed Quads, 42 trails

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