*Article posted on www.mtbparks.com. The results were released October 2018.   Stay tuned for the 2019 opening date and events.

Tamarack Resort’s Bike Park Ranked #3 in the PNW!

Tamarack Resort’s Bike Park Ranked #3 in the PNW!
Tamarack Bike Park
311 Village Drive
Donnelly ID


2017 Best Bike Parks Riders Choice Awards Third Place - Tamarack Bike ParkTamarack Bike Park is a two-time MTBparks Riders’ Choice Awards Best Bike Park Top 5 Winner for the Northwest Region.

Tamarack Bike Park recently reopened after a nine-year hiatus, returning lift-accessed mountain biking to the area. It was once regarded as one of the best bike parks in the country, with more than $2 million invested to create a best-in-class trail system. The resort is committed to making downhill mountain biking a priority at Tamarack and ensuring there’s something for everyone.


Tamarack Bike Park | MTBparks.com


Tamarack Bike Park | MTBparks.com

The terrain is unique at Tamarack with multiple rock slabs and natural drops, giving riders something they don’t often experience in the Intermountain West. For beginners looking for a long gentle descent back to the base, the Pura Vida trail provides smooth, rolling terrain and entry-level features, as well as some stunning views of Lake Cascade.

For those looking for a more challenging run, the Rock Star trail throws some steep and rocky chutes at riders, with a couple of natural rock doubles and smooth rock rolls. This trail merges at the midpoint of the mountain with three options, Stage Fright, Exit Stage Right, and Super G. Stage Fright consists of an extremely steep run into a large natural rock drop, directly beneath the lift, hence the name. Exit Stage Right removes the audience, but is just as technical.

The recent addition of the jump trail Super G offers some man-made perfection to the mostly natural bike park. It provides a top-to-bottom run chock full of table tops and berms for riders to enjoy. More flow and jump trails are in the works as the resort is working to make a number of improvements.

Other favorites in the Tamarack Park include Hibernator—an expert trail with some wooden features and steep rock sections, and Hockey Mom, which is an intermediate trail that is super flowy and fun for a wide range of riders.

The bike park at Tamarack Resort is serviced by the Tamarack Express chairlift, which takes riders from the base area to mid-mountain. From there, riders will have access to more than 20 miles of trail and 1,700 vertical feet of incredible terrain that ranges from beginner to advanced.


This July, Tamarack will be hosting stop #4 of the Pro GRT Tour, which is also NW Cup race. As a result, Tamarack has freshened up all of their rowdiest trails, and even cut in a few new trail connectors.

Les Mer De Fleurs is a new green trail connecting Pura Vida to Super G. This trail winds through the woods and offers a high-speed option for those who want to skip the top turns of Super G.

The most popular trail at Tamarack, Super G, is in the process of a total makeover with rebuilt high and wide berms.


NW CUP/PRO GRT #4 | July 27th -29th
Stop number four on the USA Cycling Pro Gravity Tour comes to Tamarack Resort for the first time. Racers will face a challenging and technical course unique to Central Idaho. The event will be held under the UCI C3 categorization, offering pro racers a chance to pick up valuable UCI points.

Part of the 2018 Knobby Tires Series, this XC race samples many of Tamarack’s best trails. Sponsored by 10 Barrel Brewing.


Tamarack is a quaint resort with fast lifts and beautiful views, but it’s more than just a bike park. In addition to an extensive cross-country trail system, you can also find dining, lodging, zip lines, rafting and waterfront activities nearby. The shores of Lake Cascade border the base of the resort, providing a large array of water sports to riders and guests onsite. Canoe, kayak, and SUP rentals are plentiful for those looking to try out something new and enjoy the water on their expedition.


Lodging options at Tamarack Resort are plentiful, from the Lodge at Osprey Meadows to cottages, chalets, townhomes and estate homes, and all are located on the mountain or in the resort.  Click HERE to start planning your next trip!

For riders who prefer to rough it, there are 400 campsites on Lake Cascade just steps from the resort.


Tamarack Bike Park is just a short, two-hour drive north of Boise, Idaho.


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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. gcruickshank@co.valley.id.us
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, visithttps://tamarackidaho.com/event/state-idaho-pond-skimming-championship

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 tamarackidaho.com


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!

Click on the link below for updates on Resort Improvements, Tamarack’s newest marketing video, Tamarack Resort President Jon Reveal’s powder face shots on his “best ski day in 15 years” and Tamarack Realty’s three newest listings in Tamarack Resort.  Don’t miss out on the next newsletter which will have updates on the Village Plaza Condo’s.  Subscribe to our newsletter by hitting the “subscribe” button in the header of the newsletter.

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In 2004, Tamarack opened with a grand vision. Men and women worked tirelessly to create a place like no other. Great things happened here. Yet there were bumps in the road. Things weren’t always perfect but brave leaders and thousands of loyalists – the Tam Fam – made the mountain their home, even if home was hundreds of miles away.

Today, new trailblazers are pursuing the dream of Tamarack, and 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. Join us in 2019/20 and make your mark.

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This fall, we’ll be installing a new high-speed, 4-person chairlift. This new chair will provide access to several hundred acres of the resort’s most consistently pitched intermediate and expert trails along with gladed tree skiing. The Wildwood trails haven’t been lift-serviced since 2009, and this chairlift installation will dramatically expand the Tamarack ski experience.


The resort will resume development of its base village in the spring of 2019. Construction crews will work toward finishing the exteriors of the buildings and completing over 50 new condominiums. Our construction team will also finish the first phase of retail, dining and guest service spaces. As commercial spaces are completed in the village the services in our existing buildings will be moved, bringing vibrancy to North America’s newest ski village.


Our grooming fleet will be expanded with the addition of two vehicles. One of those groomers will be equipped with a winch allowing us to groom our summit cornice and other steep terrain – some of which has not been groomed in years.


Our team will be clearing brush to reestablish the entire Wildwood trail system, improve existing slopes and open previously unskiable areas. Multiple crews will be tackling terrain across the resort to remove undergrowth in an effort to open terrain earlier and provide a better snow surface from boundary to boundary.

2019/20 Season Passes | On-Sale February 18

Purchase your 2019/20 season pass by Monday, March 4 and you’ll receive the lowest price of the season. Plus, all season passes come with resort-wide discounts, 2 night tickets at Bogus Basin and 2 tickets to Silver Mountain.

If you are not currently a season pass holder, when you purchase a 2019/20 season pass, you can ski the remainder of this winter for free!

Our 2019/20 season passes go on-sale Monday, February 18.

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