The homeowners association at Idaho's troubled Tamarack Resort resurrected the ski area into operation this season while the drama continues over the resort's bankruptcy. But despite the woes, skiers and snowboarders are returning to the slopes. Those still itching to get back to Tamarack can find lodging and lift ticket deals.
Tamarack's operation is trimmed down from what used to be offered. The resort runs its lifts only four days per week, Thursdays through Sundays, and holidays. Three chairlifts, including the summit lift, and two surface lifts are running this season, but the Wildwood Express and Buttercup lifts are not. The terrain they served is closed, too. A bankruptcy judge granted Bank of America in late December the right to repossess the lifts, which allows for them to be sold to other resorts.
The legal drama is playing out in bankruptcy court. Tamarack's owner had chosen Green Valley Holdings, a Boise investment group that offered $40 million, as a buyer. But then, a federal judge in mid-January sent the resort's bankruptcy case from Chapter 11 protection to the state court to begin foreclosure proceedings.
Despite struggles of the owner, the homeowners association has plodded on. Crews have put up two terrain parks. A beginner and family fun park is located on Discovery Run, and the No Business Terrain Park on Lower Showtime contains bigger features with rails, boxes, and jumps. The superpipe will not be built this year.
Skiers can get discounts every Thursday and Friday at the ticket window. Visitors that buy a lift ticket at regular price can get a second lift ticket at 50 percent off. Season passholders from other ski resorts can get $4 off the regular lift ticket by presenting their passes. Regular prices for lift tickets run $46 for adults, $36 for juniors, and $22 for youth.
Several lodging deals are available this season at Tamarack through Valet Vacation Rentals. They are available all winter until the final day of ski area operations April 3.
Skiers can stay Wednesday nights free at Tamarack Resort to be ready for first tracks when the resort opens Thursday morning. Free Wednesday nights are given to anyone who books at least three nights that includes a Wednesday. Those staying Monday or Tuesday can ski neighboring Brundage Mountain. Free Wednesdays are available in hotel rooms at the Lodge at Osprey Meadows and Tamarack vacation homes.
Hotel rooms at the Lodge at Osprey Meadows are available for $99 per night. The oversized luxury rooms have two queens or one king bed. The hotel includes underground parking, a fitness center, and an outdoor hot tub. The lifts, a restaurant, and a pub are within walking distance.