With less than a stellar snow year across the West compared to last year, Tamarack Resort is up 16% in revenue, 9% in skier visits and is beating their FY 2018 budget. Huge kudos to our General Manager, resort operations, employees, the ownership group, and certainly to our homeowners and guests here at Tamarack enjoying this awesome experience.

It was a great turnout at 8am this morning at our Exclusive Homeowner First Tracks!   Love seeing our homeowners treated to fresh corduroy and powder as the sun is coming up over the mountains.  Ski Track Apps showing 14K vertical before 10am from some of you!  Other events on the calendar this weekend include:

Feb. 17th  Snowboard Demo Day at the snow front today.  Smore’s on the Canoe Patio at 3pm.

Feb 18th   Homeowner Exclusive Mixer at the Lodge at Osprey Meadows from 5:00-6:30pm (let’s see what Chef Dana has cooked up for us this time, and what surprise cocktails Sheri will be showcasing this evening)

Feb 18th  Ski Demo Day on the 18th at the snow front

Feb 18th  Real Estate ski in tour of 131 Twin Creeks Court – Join Lacey Strickler (Tamarack Realty assistant/Tamarack Ski Patrol),  as she will take a few runs with you on the mountain and commence at one of our popular 3BR Sawtooth Chalets currently available for $529,9000.  Tour this turn key home, enjoy some fresh mimosa’s, then catch the Rock Creek Poma Lift back up to Discovery Square to catch a few more runs.  Space is limited so call Tamarack Realty at 208-325-1001 today to reserve your spot

Feb 19th  Season pass starts today!!!  Purchase your 2018-2019 Season Pass and ski the rest of this season for FREE!

Real Estate this month:  3 sales and 9 more under contract.   Days of Market are down a whopping 84% from 383 average DOM in 2017 to just 64 DOM for our last 5 real estate transactions.  Our list price to sale price is 97%.

If you’re thinking about buying or selling in Tamarack Resort, contact Tamarack Realty for a comparative market analysis.  Our ten years of experience in Tamarack Resort coupled with our team of professionals, in depth knowledge of every property, market trends and forecasts will guide to you an easy, successful, and often fun transaction!  Call 208-325-1001 today.

If you are on site, enjoy the 9″ of new powder, with more in the forecast this weekend.  Happy President’s Weekend from Tamarack Realty.

 

 

Check out this great read from a recent guest in Tamarack Resort who stayed at one of our client’s homes in which he closed escrow 12 months ago on his beautiful custom home.  The blog can be found at mandmhittheroad.com.  The link to this story is:  www.mandmhittheroad.com/2018/02/16/a-president-slept-here/.  Enjoy!

We just returned from a fun ski trip to Idaho.  Specifically ski resort named Tamarack.  Officially it’s located in Donnelly, about 95 miles north of Boise.

We’ve been to Tamarack a few times before, all in the summer.  It’s a fun place to hike, ride your mountain bike and zip-line.  We’ve skied in nearby McCall but this was our first winter trip to Tamarack and boy did we do it in style.  We stayed at the very same house as former President George W Bush.

It’s a beautiful place at the end of a cul-de-sac.  Looking at the driveway, our Phaeton would fit just fine.  There are five bedrooms and an apartment over the garage.  The master bedroom has a nice covered patio with very inviting Adirondack chairs.  The kitchen and family room are big and inviting.  The back deck has a fireplace and a large spa.  I can’t wait to go back during a summer and a completely different view.  How do I know I’ll be back?  Well, Mark’s brother recently bought the place.  The previous owners framed items from the president’s visit and left them for Matt.  If you’re interested, you too can stay in a presidential retreat by checking out Tamarack Lodging at:  http://tamarackidaho.com/lodging/estate-homes-2.  Scroll down to see all of your options and you’ll find Matt’s place.

Tamarack is a beautifully planned mountain for both winter and summer activities.  The resort was laid out many years ago and operated the first year by snow-cat only.  The first day of chairlift operations was on December 15, 2004.  Sadly, the great recession led the owners to file bankruptcy in 2008 and the resort was temporarily closed.  Construction on luxury condos and the resort village were stopped along with a ski lift repossession.  The homeowners banded together and have kept the dream alive.  The resort is on the verge of becoming what the planners dreamed of so many years ago.

It’s a unique experience to ski here.  Because it’s a destination on the verge, we just about had the place to ourselves on Friday and Monday.  We joked that this was our own private resort.  Saturday was busier and gives a glimpse of the future success.  There are places to eat and shop.  The food at Seven Devils Pub is amazing.  The runs top to bottom are nice and long.  The mid mountain lift services several different runs from the top.  For three days we skied and skied and skied, over 65 miles according to my Ski Tracks app.

The views as you ski are astounding.  I’ve never skied at Lake Tahoe so skiing with a lake view was new for me.  Let me tell you,  looking at Cascade Lake while I ski is a view I will never tire of.  The lake is frozen and we could see ice fishing huts and vehicles.  Vehicles!  I’m talking trucks, quads and snowmobiles.  It seems strange to this Southern California girl to put a building on a piece of ice, cut a hole and fish through it.  But, it is something I’d like to try.

We’ve snowmobiled in the area before and Matt booked us an afternoon ride out of McCall.  If you’re going to rent a toy in McCall, I highly recommend Cheap Thrills Rentals in town.  This was our second snowmobile rental from them.  Your rental comes with all the gear; helmet, gloves, warm riding suit and shoes.  To make it even better, the owners could be the nicest people in town and that’s saying something because everyone in McCall is so pleasant.  It must be a town requirement.  After getting our gear we drove up to the staging area, got our safety lesson and hit the trail.  In the summer the trail is Warren Wagon Road which we’ve driving up many times.  It’s so different and fun in the snow.  There we were, 10 of us on five sleds, cruising up the trail taking in the beautiful scenery.

Our first stop was Secesh Stage Stop, a cute little restaurant/bar that is only accessible by snowmobile in the winter.  Mark and I had been there before on our very first trip to McCall to ski in February, 2004. You can sign a dollar and pin it to the ceiling and walls, which of course we did.  We went back to it during our summer, 2006 trip but it was closed.  I was happy to see it open again then quickly thought maybe they were only open in the winter, which would be strange.  It was exactly as I remembered it and I asked the bartender if it was only open in the winter.  She explained that it closed for nine years and reopened in 2016.  Then I asked if the money pinned everywhere was new or from before it closed.  She said it’s both new and old and that some of the money got real dry and brittle and basically disintegrated.  I told her we’d been there before and put money up and wouldn’t it be fun if we could find it.  Mark and I started looking but I couldn’t remember what I’d written on the money.  All ten of us were looking for a few minutes but then the drinks arrived so it was pretty much just me wandering around the room looking intently at all the bills.  I was a woman on a mission.  The bartender even let me behind the bar to look on that part of the ceiling.  Mark pulled out a new dollar bill and we decided to just put up another one thinking our 2004 bill was gone.  We picked a spot over the window and I stepped on the chair to pin it up.  As I got down and turned around there it was!  I recognized my writing on a dollar pinned to a beam.  I let out a little scream of excitement and the whole bar cheered. Well, maybe not the whole bar but almost everyone, all 15 of us.  The bartender came over to see it and took a picture.  A couple sitting near us cheered and bought us a drink.  I was as excited as a five-year old on Christmas morning. Made my day.

Our next stop was Burgdorf Hot Springs.  The place dates back to the 1860’s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  It’s a neat compound with many of the buildings dating back to the beginning.  It’s $10 to soak in the springs but watching is free.  One is a giant pool and the other is about the size of a Jacuzzi.  That one is super hot.  It’s an interesting thing to go swimming with snow on the ground.  We changed out of our gear into our suits and hopped in.  It’s just as popular in the winter as it is in the summer.  There were locals from McCall as well as people from Seattle.  The guys were brave and got into the super hot water; they were all a bright pink when they got out.  No thanks, I’m good in the big pool with the perfect temperature.  There are also little cabins for an overnight stay, even in the winter.  We talked to a couple that was staying the night.  I wonder how cold they were.  I got out of the water a little early and walked around taking pictures.  I tried to take some of the same shots I’ve taken during our summer visits for the contrast.  The collapsed building and old truck look very different with snow piled high than they do with abundant wildflowers.

On Tuesday it was time to leave.  Our flight was later than everyone else’s so we headed back to McCall for an early lunch and walk around.  I can’t tell you just how much I love that place.  It was a balmy 14 degrees but the walk along the path next to the beach was still pretty.  We found another ice fisherman sitting in a chair.  He was too far out to ask him questions, someday I’ll try it.  We got ice cream at the candy store because Ice Cream Alley was closed and headed back to Boise for the flight home.

Another fun trip was in the books and I’m ready to go back.  I bet George W. is ready, too.

 

 

 

Real Estate in Tamarack Resort has started 2018 at another 10 year record-breaking transaction pace.   Prices continue to climb and it could be the perfect window of time to secure your winter & summer destination vacation spot!   Below is a list of the current 2018 transactions in Tamarack Resort.  For more details, the properties can be found within their categories in this website.  Call Tamarack Realty at 208-325-1001 to schedule a tour of any of the remaining properties available.

21 Rock Creek – 2BR cottage.  Sold 1/31/18.

16 Golden Bench – 2 BR townhome.  Sold 1/31/18

75 Arling Center Condo 403 – 2BR loft condo.  COE 2/8/18

14 Clearwater Ridge – 3BR custom home.  COE 2/8/18

38 Twin Creeks – 3BR Bitterroot Chalet.  COE 2/15/18

7 Golden Bar – 2BR townhome.  COE 2/15/18

110 Twin Creeks – 3BR Sawtooth Chalet.  COE 2/15/18

63 Golden Bar – 3BR townhome.  COE 2/21/18

16 Steelhead – 3BR custom home.  COE 3/2/18

77 Clearwater – 2BR cottage.  COE 3/7/18

71 Twin Creeks – 3BR Bitterroot Chalet.  COE 3/8/18

23 Rock Creek – 2BR cottage.  COE 4/10/18

 

 

It’s Winter Carnival Weekend!  Tamarack Resort’s lodging is 100% booked but come up for the day to hit the slopes in Tamarack then head to McCall to see the ice sculptures, parades, dog sled events and more.  Stop by the Tamarack Realty Office to pick up the 2018 Winter Carnival Event Guide or click on the link below from the McCall Chamber to see all of the events.  Have a great weekend!  Six inches of fresh powder this morning and more on the way tonight and this weekend.

Winter Carnival

Thank you to Levi and his TMA team for providing the homeowners another special “Last Tracks” event last night.  Homeowners, space is limited so get on the list for the next event!     

Idaho continues to make national headlines.  With accolades building up year after year for Boise,  Idaho is now the fastest growing state in the country.  People are flocking from all over the USA to find their piece of Idaho.  Tamarack Resort’s real estate market is up over 70% from 2016, and also captured the largest sale price of a home in Valley County last year.  Nearly half of all buyers in Tamarack in 2016 were from out state, including CA, FL, GA, TX, and AZ.  Last ski season the New York Times did a large piece on the re-birth of Tamarack Resort.   Now the Wall Street Journal is uncovering more of our secret treasure in the area.  The link below is a great read from the WSJ on January 4th:  McCall, Idaho:  A Ski Spot Without the Glitz  “This former Idaho logging town attracts newsmakers and VIPs seeking an outdoorsy lifestyle away from the crowds of nearby Sun Valley; Dick Enberg’s legacy home.”       WJS Article Jan 2018

Full article below:

McCall, Idaho, is no Sun Valley—and many folks hope it stays that way.

While the resort town of about 3,000 has the requisite glacial lake and powdery ski slopes, McCall has retained the simple charm and small-town feel that’s less evident in Sun Valley and Ketchum, Idaho, to the southeast. Those two towns have been reshaped, in part, by the influx of finance, tech and media titans—as well as celebrities—drawn to the annual Allen & Co. Summer Conference, which started in 1983.

If anything, McCall’s lack of glitz has made it more attractive in recent years to newsmakers and other VIPs looking for a lower profile vacation spot.


McCall of the Wild

Outdoorsy types are flocking to McCall, Idaho, a former logging town where luxury homes have a low-key vibe.

Large new homes are sprouting up along the lake where log cabins used to sit. There is no more land available along the lake to build, and about a quarter of the lakeside homes have been built in the past two decades.
Ms. Cox, 47, in her home’s great room.
Sportscaster Dick Enberg and his wife, Barbara, recently finished building this home before Mr. Enberg’s death last month.
Michael and Crissy Hollenbeck recently bought this five-bedroom, two-bathroom, 2,288-square-foot house in McCall with Mr. Hollenbeck’s sister, Heather Mercy, and her husband, Shawn Mitchell, for $223,000. Shown here is Cadence Mitchell and Kai Hollenbeck with dogs Chloe and Sandy.
The median sales price of homes in McCall is currently $320,000—much lower than the $502,000 in Sun Valley, a well-known resort to the southeast. Some 70% of McCall’s houses are second homes.
The Shore Lodge on Payette Lake in McCall, Idaho, is owned by Alscott Inc., a company owned by Joe Scott, grandson of the grocery magnate Joe Albertson, which also owns the Whitetail Club.
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“This wasn’t about fur coats. It was about people loving the outdoors,” says Bill Whitacre about why he and his wife, Joan, bought a second home in a 1,300-acre luxury golf-course community called Whitetail Club.

Mr. Whitacre, the CEO of Simplot Co., an agricultural concern, bought a 3,500-square-foot, three-bedroom house and a 1,500-square-foot barn with two bedrooms in 2012 on 2.5 acres for about $1 million. The couple then spent about $350,000 on improvements.

When he’s inside, Mr. Whitacre, 64 years old, spends most of his time in a small, bare office, working and planning motorcycle trips. “This is where I come to decompress,” he says.

A home at Whitetail Club owned by Bill Whitacre, the CEO of Simplot Co., an agricultural concern.
A home at Whitetail Club owned by Bill Whitacre, the CEO of Simplot Co., an agricultural concern. PHOTO: GABE BORDER FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Mr. Whitacre and his wife, Joan, bought the 3,500-square-foot, three-bedroom house as a vacation home. It also has a 1,500-square-foot barn with two-bedrooms.
Mr. Whitacre and his wife, Joan, bought the 3,500-square-foot, three-bedroom house as a vacation home. It also has a 1,500-square-foot barn with two-bedrooms. PHOTO: GABE BORDER FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Whitetail Club has lured some notable sports figures, including NBC sportscaster Heather Cox, and football coaches Dirk Koetter of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chris Petersen from the University of Washington. Chuck Pagano, former coach of the Indianapolis Colts, has been seen on the golf course. Legendary sportscaster Dick Enberg, who died last month at age 82, recently finished building a home at Whitetail.

Increasingly, young families from Silicon Valley, Texas and San Francisco are buying homes in and around McCall as weekend and summer getaways.

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“I’d never set foot in Idaho. We’d thought of Idaho as potatoes and Boise,” says Jane Butler, 48, a managing director at Google. She and her husband, Ian Kennish, 46, formerly a senior director at Yahoo and now a stay-at-home dad, wanted a lakeside house near a ski mountain to spend vacations with their two children. They considered Lake Tahoe, but found it was crowded and expensive—not to mention what can be a 10-hour drive in the winter from their Hillsborough, Calif., home. Besides, Tahoe felt too much like Silicon Valley, with the same vibe and intensity. Friends suggested they check out McCall, and in 2014 the couple bought a furnished house at Whitetail, where home listings currently range from $1.2 million to $2.9 million.

Sportscaster Dick Enberg and his wife, Barbara, recently finished building this home before Mr. Enberg’s death last month.
Sportscaster Dick Enberg and his wife, Barbara, recently finished building this home before Mr. Enberg’s death last month. PHOTO: GABE BORDER FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Ms. Butler declined to say what they paid for their four-bedroom, 4½-bathroom, 4,700-square-foot home, only that it would have cost far more in Tahoe. The trip to their Idaho house takes about three hours—a 1½-hour flight to Boise and then a half-hour charter flight to McCall. It’s a two-hour drive from Boise.

The wallpaper with the birds was his wife’s touch, Mr. Enberg said in an interview last month.
The wallpaper with the birds was his wife’s touch, Mr. Enberg said in an interview last month. PHOTO: GABE BORDER FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Residents say the small, former logging town, settled in the 1880s on the shores of Payette Lake, has only changed a little in the past few decades. It’s still normal to ski all day on nearby Brundage Mountain without waiting in line, and there’s no residential mail delivery—everyone has to go to the post office. Aside from a Subway sandwich shop, there are no restaurant franchises. The inclusion of a Starbucks inside a newly remodeled Albertson’s grocery store last year was big news.

McCall’s high-end home sales have seen an uptick. Seven houses sold for more than $2 million in 2017, compared with four in 2016 and none in 2015, according to Ambre Little, executive of the Mountain Central Association of Realtors. Still, the median sales price of homes in McCall is currently $320,000—much lower than the $502,000 in Sun Valley. Some 70% of McCall’s houses are second homes, says Bob Crawford, a broker with Crawford Olson Real Estate Services.

Large new homes are sprouting up along the lake where log cabins used to sit. There is no more land available along the lake to build, and about a quarter of the lakeside homes have been built in the past two decades, says Boise-based real-estate agent April Rinehart, who sold five homes along the lake in the past year that range from $1 million to $4 million.

Ryan Stratton, 40, an accountant in Boise who spent vacations in McCall as a kid, bought in October what he says was a steal along the lake in McCall: a 1948, 2,000-square-foot log cabin for about $600,000. (It was listed at $925,000.) “McCall still feels like the place I grew up, except maybe the boats are fancier,” he says.

Whitetail Club was started by Doug Manchester, a La Jolla, Calif.-based hotel developer who currently is President Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. ambassador to the Bahamas. During the housing crisis in 2008, Mr. Manchester sold Whitetail, including the golf course and Shore Lodge hotel, to Joe Scott, grandson of the grocery magnate Joe Albertson, Rich Hormaechea of RMH Co. and John Sabala, Mr. Manchester’s son-in-law.

NBC sportscaster Heather Cox and her husband, Bill, bought a 3/4-acre lot at Whitetail Club in 2010 and built a 3,500-square-foot, three-bedroom, four-bathroom vacation home.
NBC sportscaster Heather Cox and her husband, Bill, bought a 3/4-acre lot at Whitetail Club in 2010 and built a 3,500-square-foot, three-bedroom, four-bathroom vacation home. PHOTO: GABE BORDER FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Ms. Cox, 47, in her home’s great room.
Ms. Cox, 47, in her home’s great room. PHOTO: GABE BORDER FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

In 2010, Mr. Scott, who grew up summering in McCall and is a bone fide Idahoan, acquired sole ownership of the club and lodge through his company Alscott Inc., although Mr. Sabala still owns a significant amount of land there. In 2016, the club bought Mr. Manchester’s former 11,000-square-foot mansion along the lake and spent about $8 million remaking it into the resort’s clubhouse.

“We wanted a place with incredible amenities for all our members,” says Dan Scott, Whitetail’s president and general manager and the half-brother of Joe Scott.

Of Whitetail’s total 233 lots, which go for between $292,000 to $1.2 million, 102 have been sold. About 50 homes have been built, including 14 cabins built as speculative houses. There are five full-time residents.

Kristi Mitchem, 47, a banking executive, and her husband, Thomas Mawhinney, 49, a venture capitalist, bought a 2.8-acre lot in 2007 in Whitetail. They declined to say what they paid for the land, but a comparable lot would cost between $1 million and $1.2 million today, according to club management. The couple then built a 14,000-square-foot home, spending about $200 a square foot—far less than what it would cost in Tahoe, Ms. Mitchem estimates.

Kristi Mitchem, 47, a banking executive, and her husband, Thomas Mawhinney, 49, a venture capitalist, bought a 2.8-acre lot in 2007 at Whitetail Club. They declined to say what they paid for the land, but a comparable lot would cost between $1 million and $1.2 million today, according to club management.
Kristi Mitchem, 47, a banking executive, and her husband, Thomas Mawhinney, 49, a venture capitalist, bought a 2.8-acre lot in 2007 at Whitetail Club. They declined to say what they paid for the land, but a comparable lot would cost between $1 million and $1.2 million today, according to club management. PHOTO: GABE BORDER FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

The couple then built a 14,000-square-foot home, spending about $200 a square foot.
The couple then built a 14,000-square-foot home, spending about $200 a square foot. PHOTO: GABE BORDER FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

The couple, whose main home is in Woodside, Calif., say they love the energy and buzz of the Bay Area, but they wanted somewhere to go where their children could get away from the “grit.”

Heather and Bill Cox also were looking for an antidote to Silicon Valley when they moved from Atherton, Calif., to Boise in 2000. They bought a ¾-acre lot at Whitetail in 2010 and finished a 3,500-square-foot, three-bedroom, four-bathroom vacation home there in 2013.

In the summer, they and their two children, 10 and 12, golf and go waterskiing and wakeboarding. In the winter, the children are there every weekend for ski team. “It’s like a little bubble here. It’s so safe. It feels private,” says Ms. Cox, 47.

Mr. Enberg initially bought a 2-acre lot at Whitetail in 1995 for $500,000 because he was friends with Mr. Manchester. Having never built a house, he went to McCall two years ago intending to sell his land. Instead, he and his wife, Barbara, decided to build, and they recently finished a contemporary mountain house.

From left, Shawn Mitchell and Heather Mercy, with their daughter Cadence, purchased a home with Michael and Crissy Hollenbeck, pictured with their son Kai and dogs Chloe and Sandy.
From left, Shawn Mitchell and Heather Mercy, with their daughter Cadence, purchased a home with Michael and Crissy Hollenbeck, pictured with their son Kai and dogs Chloe and Sandy. PHOTO: GABE BORDER FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Mr. Enberg, who was interviewed shortly before his death, said that building the house was “absolutely a romantic move on my part” and that he wanted to leave something for his children and grandkids that still felt simple and authentic.

Michael Hollenbeck, 44, a software entrepreneur, recently bought a five-bedroom, 2,288-square-foot house for $323,000 with his wife, Crissy, sister Heather Mercy, and brother-in-law Shawn Mitchell. The property features vaulted ceilings and large windows overlooking a public golf course and a pond. Mr. Hollenbeck, whose primary residence is in Boise, says the family plans to spend weekends there together and to rent the house out. There’s no sense of grandiosity, Mr. Hollenbeck says. “It’s a place where Idahoans can still hang out.”

Write to Nancy Keates at nancy.keates@wsj.com

Appeared in the January 5, 2018, print edition as ‘It’s the Real McCall.’

 

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