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Tamarack clears brush to improve skiing on three parts of mountain for ’16-17 season

Tamarack Resort improves tree skiing

Tamarack Resort has released two videos highlighting efforts to improve tree skiing. They're combined here.
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Tamarack Resort has released two videos highlighting efforts to improve tree skiing. They're combined here.

Our winter recreation guide appears in the Nov. 23 edition of the Idaho Statesman. Here’s the breakdown on skiing at Tamarack Resort.

Other previews: Bogus Basin, Brundage, Sun Valley, other ski areas.

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▪ Crews spent time over the summer clearing brush to create better skiing opportunities on the mountain. The improvements focused on the Bentwoods, tree skiing between Adrenaline and Funnel; Reasons to Quit, tree skiing between Tango and the top of the Tamarack Express lift; and La Bamba Cliffs, an expert area within Wildwood that requires a hike to reach. “They were places on the mountain that could be improved fairly quickly and at a reasonable cost,” General Manager Brad Larsen said. “They were some areas that we wanted to ski better.”

▪ The Tamarack Municipal Association, a group of homeowners, has assumed control of the resort. That averted the potential for key assets to be lost in an auction because of back taxes owed by previous owners.

▪ The State of Idaho Pond Skimming Championship returns April 1. Tamarack also will have fireworks and a torchlight parade, an annual tradition, on New Year’s Eve.

My favorite run: If you want to find out what kind of shape your legs are in, hit Bliss and ride from near the summit to the base area. It’s a 2.5-mile run with 2,700 feet of vertical drop.

Mountain stats: 2,800 feet of vertical, four chairlifts, 1,000 acres of skiing terrain, 42 named runs.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pricing: Adult lift tickets are $69 all day and $50 after 1 p.m. Discounts are available for juniors (7-11), teens (12-17), seniors (70-plus) and military. Children 6 and under are free. Passes for the Discovery area only are $25. For multiple ski days, consider an Express Card. For the cost of one day pass, you get the right to ski up to three more times at a $10 discount off the daily rate.

Getting there: Take Idaho 55 north to Donnelly, go left on Roseberry Road, turn left on West Mountain Road and follow signs to the resort.

Web: tamarackidaho.com

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