Monthly Archives: November 2014

For Immediate Release

 DONNELLY, ID (November 21, 2014) – A blanket of fresh powder snow now disguises the challenging bunkers and rolling fairways of Osprey Meadows golf course at Tamarack Resort, but it can’t hide Dustin Simons’ enthusiasm over the course’s ranking as the country’s 63rd best resort course in this year’s ratings just released by Golf Week magazine.

“It gives legitimacy not only to us, but to Valley County as a destination for golf enthusiasts,” said Simons, the head golf pro for Osprey Meadows at Tamarack Resort.

Tamarack jumped to 63rd from last year’s ranking as the 81st best resort course in the country. Whitetail Club in McCall, Idaho, was 77th this year, down three spots from 2014. And Circling Raven in Worley, Idaho, retained its place as 99th best resort course again this year.

Pacific Dunes in Bandon, Oregon, led the rankings as the number 1 resort golf course.

“It’s still a little bit of a secret as to what a fantastic course that we have here in Idaho at a superb value compared to other highly regarded resort courses in this country,” said Simons. “For instance, our peak rate for eighteen holes of golf is just $74, compared to courses like Pacific Dunes at $325 or Whitetail in McCall which can go for north of $125.”

Simons attributed much of the improvement to staff and upgrades to equipment. “The hard work of course superintendents Ben Wilmarth and Jory Feider and their team, along with investments in new equipment and the support of our homeowners and hole sponsors, really paid off this year,” he said. “The green complexes rolled true and they were as firm and fast as we have seen in a long time.”

Osprey Meadows, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. Robert and Bruce Charlton, opened in 2006. Simons, who uses the words “natural,” “picturesque,” and “stimulating” to describe Osprey Meadows, says the course’s setting is truly unique in the world of golf.

“Every hole has something that stays with you forever, and no course that I’m familiar with has the mountains, meadows and lake views we have here, not to mention the year-round wildlife,” he said.

“What distinguishes Osprey Meadows is the beauty of the course with its environmentally sensitive areas,” says Vic Koshuta, a season pass holder at Osprey Meadows who regularly plays courses across the U.S. “These areas make a player plan the hole and shot – hit the correct club and shot and score low; hit the wrong club or shot and pay the price.”

Befitting its natural setting, Osprey Meadows at Tamarack Resort is also a member of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf, an award-winning education and certification program that helps golf courses protect the environment and preserve the natural heritage of the game of golf. The program helps enhance valuable natural areas and wildlife habitats that golf courses provide.

Osprey Meadows at Tamarack Resort will open to the public for the summer season on Memorial Day weekend next year.

ABOUT TAMARACK RESORT

Just two hours from Boise and a stone’s throw from McCall, Idaho, Tamarack Resort offers four fun seasons of recreational activities and lodging. In addition to skiing and its nationally ranked, Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed Osprey Meadows golf course, Tamarack offers Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, mountain biking and hiking. Its location in the heart of central Idaho also provides convenient access to boating on Lake Cascade and recreation on nearby rivers and in national forests. The resort is located near the town of Donnelly in Idaho’s Valley County.

H&L ad cover

Click here to browse the digital version of the Winter 2014-2015 edition of McCall’s Homes and Land Magazine.  Click to pages 18-19 for Tamarack Realty’s featured listings, as well as page 17 to view Replay Resort’s newest advertisement on Tamarack Resort.   Winter Edition Homes & Land

21 Rock Creek

These 2BR/2.5BA single family homes are the hottest selling properties in Tamarack Resort!   Whether it’s for an investment, second home, vacation property, or full time residence, come see for yourself what makes these cottages so popular.  Click on this link for a Tour Factory on line tour: Cottage Tour .    Tamarack Realty is your full service brokerage with a network of referrals for preferred lenders, inspectors, escrow and title companies, appraisers, property managers, house cleaners, maintenance professionals, plumbers, electricians, snow removal, cable and internet options, painters, contractors, hot tub maintenance, landscapers, pest control, HVAC, carpet cleaners…..did I miss anything?!   Buying and maintaining a second home has never been easier.  Browse through the www.trishasears.com website and call Trish today for a tour or more information of any of the available  properties you see!

16 Golden Bench

 

Congratulations to our newest homeowners from the Hidden Springs area in Boise, ID on this 2BR town home on Golden Bench Court.  Happy to have you part of the TamFam!!     See you on the slopes.

Snow Making

For Immediate Release

 TAMARACK FIRES UP SNOWMAKING SYSTEM IN ANTICIPATION OF SEASON OPENING

DONNELLY, ID (November 11, 2014) – Companies often hire “rain makers” to bring in new client business. At Tamarack Resort, they employ a “snow maker,” and while Brian Amundson’s duties don’t include sales or marketing, the successful start to a ski season comes down to his ability to run a complex system that provides the ammo for making magic with manmade snow.

Amundson started firing his guns today—snow guns—as Tamarack began making a layer of thicker base snow to create a foundation for the ski slopes and a mid-December opening. Once this layer is set, Amundson can then adjust his snowmaking to produce drier and lighter snow for better skiing.

“The sound and sight of the guns blowing snow triggers a lot of excitement—since we don’t have to entirely depend on Mother Nature, it pretty much guarantees we’ll be skiing soon,” said Amundson.

Tamarack, along with Schweitzer Mountain and Sun Valley, is one of only three Idaho ski resorts with snowmaking systems. Tamarack uses a TechnoAlpin system from Bolzano, Italy—installed in June 2004 as the Italian manufacturer’s first system in North America, and serviced last week by the manufacturer to improve efficiencies. Tamarack’s system utilizes fan guns, sometimes colloquially known as “snow cannons,” to turn water droplets into tiny snow crystals and blow the manmade snow onto the slopes.

Tamarack covers approximately 100 acres with manmade snow, from the Showtime run at mid-mountain to the terrain park and all trails at the base area. It uses water drawn from a deep well at the rate of 1,100 gallons per minute and stored in a 100,000-gallon tank located by the pump house. It will

use 25 to 35 million gallons of water in a season, depending upon natural snowfall. Amundson noted that snowmaking is considered a non-consumptive use of water, as very little is lost to evaporation—most of it will melt and replenish rivers, lakes, and aquifers.

“It’s a tremendous asset because it gives us a high level of certainty about being able to open and deliver a great skiing experience throughout the season. We’ve never missed a scheduled opening date at Tamarack,” said Amundson, who came to Tamarack in 2004 after having worked for 18 years at Copper Mountain Resort in Colorado.

Tamarack, which will be open this winter on a seven-day basis for the first time since 2008, also said it will continue selling reduced-price, adult season passes for $369 until November 12. Starting November 13, adult season prices will cost $399, while season passes for families will go from $849 to $1,099. Season passes for seniors will increase from $10 to $129. To buy a pass online, go to the tickets and passes page of the Tamarack website. Tamarack is targeting a mid-December opening.

ABOUT TAMARACK RESORT

Just two hours from Boise and a stone’s throw from McCall, Idaho, Tamarack Resort offers four fun seasons of recreational activities and lodging. In addition to skiing and its nationally ranked, Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed Osprey Meadows golf course, Tamarack offers Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, mountain biking and hiking. Its location in the heart of central Idaho also provides convenient access to boating on Lake Cascade and recreation on nearby rivers and in national forests. The resort is located near the town of Donnelly in Idaho’s Valley County.

95 Golden Bar Front 1

Congratulations to two different McCall, Idaho couples who closed escrow last week on Tamarack Resort Properties!      95 Golden Bar is the first New TRAC property to close escrow.  This 2 BR/2.5 BA Owyhee Cottage has good ski access to the Tamarack Express Chairlift and nice views of the mountains and Village Plaza off it’s covered deck.  Welcome to the TamFam!

39 Golden is a 1BR town home that sits directly behind the Tamarack Chairlift.  These new homeowners are keeping the property in the rental pool so take advantage of this popular ski in/ski out property this season.  Lifts open seven days a week starting December 13th.  Check out the event calendar at www.tamarackidaho.com website for a full list of activities this winter at Tamarack Resort.

122 Golden Bar is another NewTRAC ski in/ski out cottage on the Encore ski run.  The cottage is pending to close in mid-December.   We still have a few more cottages left in this first release offering.  Contact Trish today for a showing!

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