Monthly Archives: March 2019

Dear Tam Fam Community,
Your help is needed.  The proposed Waterways Ordinance 19-05 would be devastating to our four season resort.
The Valley County Board of Commissioners will hold public hearings on the proposed Valley county Waterways Ordinance 19-05 on April 22nd and April 23rd. Both meetings are at 6:00pm.  Details regarding the meetings are provided by clicking the link to Ordinance 19-05 below.  If you are able to make it in person it would be super valuable.
The proposed ordinance has many new rules impacting Lake Cascade.  The highlighted list of proposed rules below will impact the north end of the Lake and change the way many of you enjoy Lake Cascade.
 1)      No wake zone in the Willow Creek Area. It is unlawful for any person to operate a vessel on the Willow Creek area leading into SISCRA off the Boulder Creek Arm in such a manner as to create a wake.
2)      No wake zone in the Boulder Creek Arm: It is unlawful for any person to operate a vessel on the Boulder Creek Arm commencing at the mouth and North in such a manner as to create a wake.
3)      Lake Cascade would be considered “No Wake” during night time hours.
4)      A boat creating a wake larger than 24 inches must be 1,000 feet from the shoreline. This means wake-surfing and wake-boarding would be banned in all areas outside of the highlighted portion on the map below.
I have also linked this Wave Energy Executive Summary from the Water Sports Industry Association summarizing a study done on wake-sport waves and their potential impact on the shorelines. This study indicates the proposed no wake zone 1,000 feet from shoreline (#4 above) is excessive and likely unwarranted.
Your TMA Board encourages you to write to the Commissioners, show up to the public hearings and sign the petition below.
Please send your comments to Gordon L. Cruickshank Chairman of the Valley County Commissioner Board.
Please consider signing this Opposition to Proposed Valley County Waterways Ordinance 19-05


4th Annual State of Idaho Pond Skimming Championship

DONNELLY, Idaho (March 26, 2019) — After a winter that brought record-breaking snowfall in February, Tamarack Resort is closing out the season this weekend with the State of Idaho Pond Skimming Championship.

One hundred brave skiers and riders will get their chance to huck it through frosty waters at the third annual pond skimming competition on Saturday, March 30. Competitors will be judged on four criteria:

Style: How steezy, easy, or tricky you make it look

  1. Outfit: The retro-est onesies, tutus, superhero outfits, wetsuits, prom dresses, etc.
  2. Cross: If you cross the pond the first time, you’ve got to go again with less runway.
  3. Wipe-out: Biggest splash, hardest hit or largest waves

Prizes will be given out for the gnarliest wipe-out, the best outfit and to the overall winner, who walks away with the coveted, 5-foot-tall trophy.

Registration is open between 9:30 am and 11 am on the Canoe Grill Patio. The competition begins at noon. For more information, visit

Village construction has begun and crews plan to complete the exteriors of three Village buildings and simultaneously finish the first phase of retail, dining and guest service spaces in time for the 2019/2020 winter season.

As soon as the snowpack allows, the resort will also install a high-speed, detachable, quad chairlift to service the Wildwood trails, which haven’t been skiable by lift since 2009.

Summer season activities in the meadow and mountain – hiking, ziplining and mountain biking, to name a few – are anticipated to begin by mid-June, weather-dependent. Lake Cascade recreation is expected to begin at the same time. Guided Tamarack Rafting trips on the Payette River are projected to begin May 23, 2019.

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Tamarack Resort is a four-season resort located in Donnelly, Idaho, 90 miles north of Boise.

Tamarack has Southwest Idaho’s largest snowmaking system, which makes the snow conditions more reliable, even when Mother Nature doesn’t deliver. During the summer, the resort is the home to mountain biking, hiking, rafting and watersports on Lake Cascade. For more information on recreation, lodging and real estate, visit


Tamarack’s very own foam fest… Brewski is back for year 5!

This year’s Brewski will be held inside of Canoe Grill from 3-6pm on Saturday, March 23, 2019. This event has just 200 available tickets and the event sells out annually. Each guest will receive a commemorative tasting glass, and have the opportunity to taste beers from some of Idaho’s finest brewers. Children are allowed into the event and are free with a parent or guardian.

New for 2019, the Brewski will also act as a fundraising event for the Tamarack Ski Team. There will be a silent auction plus a live auction for an African safari hunt with Absteyn Safaris. The hunt will be for 10 days in South Africa for 2 hunters and 2 observers. Each hunter will be allowed to take one Blesbok and one Impala each. The trip includes lodging, food, guides and airport transfers from Johannesberg. This hunt is valued at $14,000.

Of course there will be live music by New Transit. This Boise band brings the energy with their modern take on Americana music. New Transit combines infectious songwriting and gritty heartfelt musicality to create their unique sound.

Breweries attending in 2018 included Payette, Salmon River, Broken Horn, Crooked Fence, Powderhaus, Sockeye, Bella and Western Collective.

Our friends From Proof Optics and Kore North will be there. Stop by the Proof Optics booth to learn about their latest line sunglasses. Kore North will be there to showcase their newest bike products.

Come out to support the Tamarack Ski Team, enjoy live music, and enjoy brews from all over Idaho!