SnowBrains | October 29, 2021 | Industry News
Following record-breaking winter and summer visitation in 2021, Tamarack Resort is continuing to invest in improving the guest experience, from arrival to departure.
“Over the past three years, we have invested more than $40 million into the resort through development of The Village, additional lifts, technology, and in-person experiences.”
– Tamarack President Scott Turlington
Tamarack’s anticipated opening day is November 26, 2021, and notable improvements for this season include:
- Enhanced snowmaking capabilities on lower elevation terrain, allowing for an earlier mountain-opening time and providing better snow quality throughout the season
- An expanded grooming fleet, featuring two new Prinoth snow groomers to keep the resort’s 2,800 vertical feet primed for the best conditions and a longer season
- A new linked Axess ticketing system which allows skiers and riders to avoid the ticket counter and pick up day passes at kiosks throughout the resort, then use RFID gates at base-area lifts for quicker uphill access
- Removal of the domes provides easier lift access from The Village
- A new skier services shop, Tamarack Outfitters, housing ticket sales, ski, and snowboard rentals, repairs, and retail
- The Jon Reveal Ski & Sports School, led by the ski industry legend, provides individual and group lessons and guided services
- A new après-ski option in the Rendezvous Food Hall: the Bumps & Brews Beer Wall will complement The Village’s full spectrum of food and beverage offerings—a coffee shop, a market, an upscale-casual restaurant and four quick-serve eateries
- The reopening of the Spa at Tamarack, located in the Lodge at Osprey Meadows
- Expanded parking to provide an additional 200 spots to accommodate more skiers and riders on the busiest days
- System-wide fiber-optic upgrades for faster WiFi and better connectivity across the property
- A new outpost in downtown McCall, located at 1014 N. 3rd St., provides residents and visitors an opportunity to pick up a Boundless Pass, book lessons or guided trips, explore lodging and real estate or grab Tamarack-branded gear before heading to the resort
“We’re proud to continue making the resort more accessible—from the way our guests interact with and enjoy this special part of Idaho to how our SKY Pass benefits local students.”
– Scott Turlington
The SKY (Students-Kids-Youth) Pass provides free, year-round lift access to K-12 students enrolled in Valley County and New Meadows schools. To date, 300 students have picked up their passes for this year.
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With an eye to the future, Tamarack is working with the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation on new marina facilities at Poison Creek on Lake Cascade, and recently the resort reached an agreement to acquire its former 18-hole championship golf course, Osprey Meadows, with plans to begin restoration this year and reopen the course in 2023.
These growth plans are only possible with a strong resort team. In support of its employees and the community, Tamarack is proposing a new employee housing complex with approximately 500 beds, a “Van Life” parking area, a daycare facility, and a new K-8 learning opportunity through a partnership with a local charter school.