Join Tamarack Realty on Saturdays from 5:00pm to 6:30pm for a Homeowner Insider Happy Hour.  Stop  in the Tamarack Realty Office before the weekly summer sunset concert for updates on all real estate activities.  Use this intimate setting for one on one time with Trisha Sears for market evaluations on re-sale inventory, details on the new condominiums at the Village at Tamarack, and updates on improvements around the resort. Sign up sheets for hard hat tours in the Village are available.  Each we will have a featured guest from Tamarack’s Leadership Team for questions  and answers.   This Saturday’s featured guest is our Tamarack Municipal Association President, Louise Francesconi. Feel free to bring your friends and family over and enjoy wines provided by the West Mountain Wine Retreat. 


In 2004, Tamarack opened with a grand vision. Men and women worked tirelessly to create a place like no other. They laid infrastructure, built amenities and cut a ski mountain from the forest with some of the highest vertical drop in the Pacific Northwest.

Great things happened here. Yet there were bumps in the road. Things weren’t always perfect, but brave leaders and thousands of loyalists kept the resort moving forward. Year after year the people who loved this place – the Tam Fam – made this mountain their home, even if home was hundreds of miles away.

Today, new trailblazers are pursuing the dream of Tamarack. The resort’s development will move forward with modern day sensibilities and a wink to the former vision.

Although nearly 15 years have passed since the first skiers and riders hit the slopes, the mentality of providing access to the best of Idaho has never left. Our future vision is simple: build a resort with unique amenities and a vibe like no other. We want a place where guests can enjoy a sense of discovery both on and off the slopes. A place they can call their own.

Big things will be happening over the coming year. We’ll be installing a new chairlift, purchasing new grooming equipment, cutting brush and resuming construction on our village.

The future is exciting and we want you to join us. With a 2019/20 season pass you can be a part of our progression. You’ll enjoy new amenities from first chair to last call. Best of all, as a member of the Tam Fam, you’ll be shoulder to shoulder with us as we embark on a journey toward a bright future.

Here’s your chance. Buck the status quo and leave the old choices behind. Stake your claim at one of North America’s youngest destination resorts. Join us in 2019/20 and make your mark.

BY KATE TALERICOJULY 14, 2019 06:23 PM, UPDATED JULY 14, 2019 07:30 PM

Tamarack Resort plans to have condos available before this year’s ski season

Tamarack Resort President John Reveal says a portion of the Village will be open by the start of the ski season, and the remaining facilities will transition from temporary bubble domes in the next two years. BY DARIN OSWALDDONNELLY

When the first phase of construction is finished this December, the Tamarack Village will have 56 condos and 24,000 square feet of retail space with ski-in and ski-out access. 

Right now, though, it’s more like “Tyvek Village,” said Jon Reveal, president of the investment partnership that purchased Tamarack last November. He laughs at his own joke, standing in front of half-built mountain lodges wrapped in construction paper and scaffolding.

When Tamarack opened in December 2004, the sound of forklifts grumbled in the background as skiers made their first runs down Tamarack’s newly built trails. Fifteen years later, that construction still isn’t complete. The six main condo and retail buildings were halfway built when 2008 came around, and the French technology executive owner of the resort, Jean-Pierre Boespflug, defaulted on a $250 million construction loan. Construction stopped overnight.TOP ARTICLES    What are sea lice, and why are they attacking swimmers in Virginia?

Boespflug famously disappeared, leaving his resort to creditors. Bank of America flew in a helicopter to repossess the ski lift. The 18-hole golf course closed and sprouted a meadow.

To save the resort, many of the part-time residents that had bought lodges around Tamarack traded in weekends of skiing for long nights scanning legal documents. They rounded up enough funds to keep the banks at bay and the ski lifts open for part of the week, starting in 2011.

In the meantime, dome structures that house restaurants and gear-rental shops — meant to be temporary — have become seemingly permanent.

But if Reveal has it his way, they won’t be there much longer.

At 75 years old, Reveal has spent his career designing world-class ski resorts and bringing dying ones back from their snowy graves. Just before coming to Tamarack, he cut costs at Sleeping Giant, a nonprofit resort in Cody, Wyoming. He also designed the Yellowstone Club, a 13,600 private ski club just outside of Yellowstone National Park that fell into bankruptcy in 2008 alongside so many of the resort projects mid-build when the Great Recession hit.

“I’m Mr. Fix-It,” he jokes.

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Tamarack Resort’s John Reveal, president of a group of owners, shares his enthusiasm as construction moves forward on a portion of the unfinished condominiums at resort’s centerpiece Village Plaza. Darin Oswald DOSWALD@IDAHOSTATESMAN.COM

Skiing filmmaker Warren Miller described Reveal as a man with “skiing in his blood.” 

In fact, it was Miller who introduced Reveal to Tamarack’s new owners — an investment group that calls itself Tamarack Resort Holdings, which is backed by several private equity firms.

Reveal has worked across dozens of ski resorts, from Aspen, Colorado to Cody, Wyoming — but never any that were half-built like Tamarack.

“Each one of them is different,” Reveal said. “You have to recognize that what worked over there might not work over here.”

Reveal is set on putting Tamarack back together the way he found it. He kept the same operational team, led by General Manager Brad Larsen, who came to the property in 2015.

“It was a quiet time here,” Larsen said in an interview with the Statesman. Now, Tamarack is louder, but not yet buzzing. 

On a lazy July afternoon, the patio outside one of the domed restaurants is scattered with couples eating lunch after a morning of mountain biking. A family wearing plastic red helmets heads into a sports rental store to return their zipline gear. Two teenagers follow behind them, looking to rent paddle boards for Lake Cascade.

“The new ownership wants to enhance what we have,” Larsen said. “They’re pushing for more hours and more activities.”

That means operating the resort year-round. Sun Valley, the famed resort just 200 miles away, now attracts nearly the same number

of visitors during summer as it does during the ski season, Reveal said.

He’s convinced that Tamarack will get there, too. He envisions it as a “top tier” resort within its class of master-planned four-season ski resorts, like Mammoth Mountain in California or Beaver Creek in Vail — but with one major difference. 

“The one thing this resort has that no one else does is a lake,” he said — and a warm one, at that. Reaching almost 80 degrees in the summer, the water is warm enough for pontoons and lakeboarding. Play VideoDuration 0:48Lake Cascade State Park

Lake Cascade State Park is about 75 miles north of Boise, next to Cascade in Valley County, Idaho. The lake is a reservoir, and the park, open year-round, offers camping, boating, hiking and other activities. By Idaho State Parks and Recreation

For now, Tamarack’s boom time is still the winter. This summer, the resort employees about 80 people. That will double by December.

This year will be a big one for Tamarack. By the time the resort opens for skiing, construction crews will have re-installed the Wildwood high-speed chairlift repossessed six years ago, three of the six buildings will be completed, and residents will be allowed to move into 56 new condos. (A 490-square-foot studio will go for $349,000. The price for peak luxury, a 1,767-square-foot penthouse, hasn’t been released yet.) The resort isn’t disclosing what it’s spending to finish construction.

The timeline is strict. The State Land Board extended Tamarack’s lease in November 2018 oncondition that it finish the Village Plaza by 2024. Reveal said Tamarack is on track to meet those deadlines. The second phase of the buildout is scheduled to finish during the 2021 ski season, adding 19,000 square feet of commercial space and 73 more condos. 

The sound of pounding hammers rings through the air on Saturday morning, a welcome sound to homeowners who have persevered through Tamarack’s twists and turns.

Mike Carey, a Boise pathologist and Tamarack homeowner, bought his lodge in 2007 so he could have a close-by getaway for his family. When Tamarack closed a year later, he became president of the homeowners association that organized the funds to keep the resort going.

“All of us wanted someone to come in,” he said. “The owners have shown a commitment to the priorities of the resort — and that is, first, to get the Village built. That is the aesthetic core of the project and that has to get done.”

Reveal has yet to get any businesses to commit to opening in the commercial spaces, though he’s had offers. Just a few weeks ago an ice cream business called, asking about moving in.

Real estate agent Trisha Sears says it’s her job to bring in people so businesses succeed — but she and Reveal aren’t angling for national retailers or big-name brands. “We’re keeping it local and keeping it authentic,” Sears said.

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Portions of the Tamarack Resort Village Plaza are scheduled to be finished later this year. Darin OswaldDOSWALD@IDAHOSTATESMAN.COM
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Doug Hodson, building manager at Tamarack Resort, exits the doorway of one of the condominium buildings that is being finished this year. Darin Oswald DOSWALD@IDAHOSTATESMAN.COM

Growth brings jobs, but it has also created a greater demand for housing. Some complain that what’s happening in McCall — where many homeowners converted their long-term rentals into Airbnbs and drove up housing costs — is already trickling down to Donnelly and Cascade.

Tamarack will eventually develop on-site housing for full-time employees, as Valley County requires, said Jessica Flynn, a Tamarack public-relations representative in Boise. Already, Tamarack has set up a few temporary buildings on-site for construction contractors. Many workers travel to Tamarack during the week, sleeping in nearby hotels and campgrounds.

That set-up could be a problem come winter, when construction crews will be expected to continue working. Reveal and Larsen still have many years of work until that vision of Tamarack, dreamed up by Boespflug in the early 2000s, can become a reality.

Said Larsen: “When that Village is completed and open and we take down these domes and move there — that’s the moment when I can say Tamarack has made it.”

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ACTIVITIES

Downhill Mtn Biking via Tamarack Express Chairlift – July 47  10am-4pm

Scenic Chairlift Rides – July 4-7  10am-4pm

Zipline Tours –  Daily

Seven Devils Pub & Garden Patio – 9am to close on July 4-7.  

Sports Dome & Café – Daily 8am-5pm

Waterfront Cabana Boat Rentals – Daily 9am-7pm

Spa at Tamarack – Th-Sun 10am -5pm.   Book an appt at 208-325-1570

Whitewater Raft Trips Daily

Disc Golf – Daily

Pickleball – Daily

Cross country hiking trails – Daily

Mountain Bike Skills Park – Daily

Pool, Hot Tub & Fitness Center – open to homeowners & guests only – Daily

EVENTS

July 4th    6:00pm “Thursday Night Rides” begin.  Meet at Sports Dome for a cross country bike tour –  Bike rentals available at sports dome if needed

July 4th   10pm Watch the fireworks near the Donnelly Boat Docks.  Rent one of Tamarack’s boats for the best view

July 5th   6-8pm  Exclusive Tamarack Homeowner Mixer at the waterfront.   ID may be required.

July 6th 2-6pm Tamarack Realty Open House Mixer. Join us for updates on Tamarack’s new ownership plans and real estate opportunities available. Wines from the West Mountain Wine Retreat and light hors d’oeuvres served.

July 6th 6:30-8pm  Tamarack Sunset Concert Series featuring “New Transit” 

To book activities, call 208-325-1030

To book a real estate tour, contact Tamarack Realty at 208-325-1001


10 SATURDAYS. 100% FREE.

Tamarack’s Sunset Concert Series is back for its 4th year! The series is bigger than ever with a total of 10 consecutive shows. This free concert series happens every Saturday from June 29 to August 31 from 6:30 to 8:30pm on the Tamarack Amphitheater. 

Guests are welcome to bring blankets and chairs and to enjoy the complimentary tunes at our grassy venue. Many guests make a night out of the event and plan dinner at Seven Devils Restaurant before or after the show.

As always, picnics are welcome, but outside alcohol is not allowed. Don’t worry, we’ll have beverages available for sale!

2019 Lineup:

June 29th – Bill Coffey & The Cash Money Cousins
July 6th – New Transit
July 13th – Tylor & The Train Robbers
July 20th – Emily Tipton Band
July 27th – Shon Sanders Band
August 3rd – Emily Stanton Band
August 10th – Steve Fulton Music
August 17th – Audio Moonshine
August 24th – Voice of Reason
August 31st – Pilot Error

Phone | 208-325-1030