Winter Recreation

Tamarack to replace Wildwood lift by next ski season. Here’s what you’ll pay to ride it.

By the time the 2019-20 ski season begins, Tamarack Resort will feel like a whole new ski area.

Or rather, it will feel like the ski area it was 10 years ago, before financial issues halted construction on the Village Plaza and debt collectors repossessed the mountain’s most popular lift via helicopter.

According to Jon Reveal, president of the investment partnership that purchased Tamarack last November, the abandoned plaza will see new life by next winter, and skiers and snowboarders can plan on access to even more terrain thanks to a new and improved Wildwood lift.

“It’s a (four-person), detachable chair lift that will be put back exactly where the old (Wildwood) lift was, just with new pieces and parts,” Reveal told the Statesman in a phone interview.

The lift will offer access to 200 acres of terrain on the north side of the Donnelly-area mountain that haven’t been accessible by lift since 2009, according to a Tamarack news release.

The previous Wildwood lift, which was repossessed in 2012, covered 1,700 vertical feet and offered access to intermediate and expert trails, as well as gladed tree skiing.

“I think for the intermediate and above skier, it’s going to be a huge boon for them,” Reveal said.

In addition, crews already have started cleaning up the Village Plaza buildings, which have sat half-finished for a decade, in preparation for new construction.

“Our Tyvek village will be gone,” Reveal joked.

He estimated that the exteriors of half of the six buildings, which sit at the base of the mountain, will be complete in time for the 2019-20 season. Additionally, the first phase of construction includes plans to relocate Seven Devils and Canoe Grill restaurants to the Village, as well as retail operations for lift tickets and equipment rentals.

The move would put guests closer to the mountain after they pick up passes and gear, Reveal said. Currently those services are housed in Tamarack’s Sports Dome.

“We have a lot of work on our plates just to get the Village going and this lift in and trails up and running,” Reveal said. “It’s just sitting there waiting for someone to walk in and finish the project.”

2019-20 season-pass sale

Tamarack will join Brundage Mountain and Bogus Basin in launching its annual season pass sale on Feb. 18. The sale ends March 4.

Like other local ski areas, Tamarack raised prices slightly over last year.

Ticket prices are as follows: $319 adult (ages 30-60); $219 20-something (18-29); $199 teen (12-17); $109 junior (7-11); $199 senior (70 and up); $5 child (6 and under); $119 college; $279 military.

Find tickets online here.

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Nicole Blanchard is the Idaho Statesman’s outdoors reporter. She grew up in Idaho, graduated from Idaho State University and Northwestern University and frequents the trails around Boise as much as she can.