Smiles are covering the faces of those managing Tamarack Resort this winter. The Tamarack Municipal Association (TMA) that has been running the resort while its owner wallows in bankruptcy court crossed into the black in early March.

"We did prevail," Doug Dvorak, chairman of the board for TMA, told OnTheSnow. "Ninety percent didn't think we could do it."

TMA charged ahead with operating the ski area four days per week this winter and found the ski area operations running in the black by March 2. "We're $32,000 ahead," said Dvorak. "We thank the ski community for patronizing us and the great snow."

Things didn't always look so rosy. A rainy, warm January whittled down interest in skiing, but by mid-February, dumps of snow returned enthusiasts to the slopes.

The resort plans to operate on its regular Thursday through Sunday schedule through March 25. Then it will open daily for spring break March 26-April 3.

Season passes have also gone on sale, maintaining the $199 rate from last year. Dvorak credits some of the success of Tamarack due to strong season pass sales. "Our goal was to sell 1,000 season passes, but we sold 1,900," said Dvorak.

Those looking for a season pass valid for the remainder of this year can purchase one for $149. Spring break visitors will ski the pass off in four days. Passes for the 2011-2012 season are on sale through March 31. They cost $199 for all ages. A combo pass is also available for $299 through March 31. The pass is valid for the remainder of this year, plus all of next season. All products are available for purchase online.

TMA is forging ahead with plans to operate the ski area again next year, despite status of the owner's bankruptcy. "We're selling season passes and looking to open next year," said Dvorak. "We're trying to create a good product with affordability." Because of the ownership status, funds from season pass sales for next year will be held in escrow, as they were this year. Refunds for season passes will be granted if the resort fails to operate next winter.

Those looking for a deal on lift tickets can get one Thursdays and Fridays. A buddy ticket can be purchased for half off with a full paying adult ticket.

More information. Or call 208-325-1000.


Tamarack Resort lift (Tamarack REsort)

Chairlifts ran again this winter at Tamarack Resort with a trimmed-down operation overseen by Tamarack Municipal Association. Photo: Tamarack Resort.