SAM Magazine—Donnelly, Idaho, Feb. 13, 2019—Tamarack Resort is on the verge of realizing the vision of its founders. Starting this spring, Tamarack will complete the base village projects that were started a decade ago, and re-access 200 acres of skiable terrain by installing a new lift.
Tamarack has changed hands several times since its founders filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2008. The current owners, a group of investors and managers collectively called Tamarack Resort Holdings (TRH), bought the area from the Tamarack Homeowners Association this past autumn with a promise to reinvigorate the ski area.
TRH is making good on that promise, starting with the unfinished Village Plaza, construction of which has been on hold since 2009. The village has six incomplete buildings—just frames with Tyvek siding—and 129 condos.
Tamarack’s crew plans to finish the exteriors of three of the Phase I buildings and aims to finish interior construction on the retail, dining, and guest service spaces ahead of the 2019-20 winter season.
Much like the stalled Village Plaza, in 2009, lift access was halted to 200 skiable acres in the Wildwood area when the lift was repossessed by lender Bank of America (the lift currently operates at Brian Head in Utah). The top half of the terrain was opened for hike-to access in 2015, but the bottom has been inaccessible.
TRH plans to rectify that for the 2019-20 season by installing a new detachable quad this summer. The maintenance crew will clear brush and remove undergrowth in the area this summer, restoring Wildwood's consistently pitched intermediate and advanced trails and glades.
Additionally, Tamarack will invest in two new snowcats, one of which is a winch cat able to groom Tamarack’s summit cornice and other steep terrain.
With these upgrades, “We’re focused on improving the guest experience from the moment they arrive at the Village through their last run of the day,” said Tamarack Resort president Jon Reveal.
Report by Katie Brinton