Thursday, December 6, 2007

TAMARACK WANTS TO CHANGE YOUR EXPECTATIONS FOR WINTER ADVENTURE

Located in the heart of the scenic Payette River Mountains, Tamarack is the first newly permitted four-season resort in North America in more than two decades. It was established with the mission to redefine the upscale winter experience.

Few luxury resorts have the assets that Tamarack has to work with. Its east-facing aspects shelter the slopes from wind, allow maximum snow retention and give you spectacular views of Lake Cascade. The terrain is remarkably balanced with cruisers, steeps, glades and cornices. Vertical totals 2,800 feet with 41 runs served by seven lifts, including three high-speed quads.

Best of all there’s a limit of only 2,000 skiers a day on 1,110 acres.

Inside scoop:
Intermediate skiers, and experts looking for a thigh-burning warm-up should head to Bliss, a rolling run featured in SKI Magazine this fall as Rookie of the Year in its Best of the Blues roundup. SKI noted, ""The views of Lake Cascade and the surrounding mountains are sublime, and while Bliss is steep enough to make your thighs burn, it mellows out from time to time to give you a break"

Looking for untracked powder and prime tree skiing? Head to the Mystery Glades toward the southern boundary of the resort. Insiders recommend the glades off Enigma and in the Tamarack Grove on the northern resort boundary. Here the tamarack trees are tight, but they’ve dropped their needles for the winter and the sight lines are great.

This season Tamarack has made a big commitment to freeriders. If that’s your scene, don’t miss out on one of just six Olympic-sized SuperPipes in all of North America. The Hells Canyon Pipe should open in mid-January, featuring 22-foot high Olympic-caliber walls and a length of 450 feet.

Olympic and XGame Medalists will converge on Tamarack February 8-10 for the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix. Top snowboard athletes will compete in the SuperPipe and on a specially constructed Snowboard Cross course

Powder hounds in search of an epic day, should start with a guided tour in 5,000 acres of expert backcountry terrain and get face shots all morning. Then have yourself an epic lunch.

Food for thought:
How does a Peanut Butter & Bacon Burger with a fried pickle spear sound? If it gets your mouth watering, or your curiosity peaked - the place to be for Après Ski is Seven Devils Pub on the snowfront. Kicking back on the patio with a mug of your favorite microbrew and check out the action in the SuperPipe at the same time. The place rocks with live music every Saturday throughout the season.

Morels Restaurant in the Lodge has some of the best gourmet fare in the mountains, from Wild Game Bolognese to Ostrich appetizers to Kobe Beef Hot Pastrami Sandwiches and Gourmet Mac & Cheese.

Stay and Play:
Stay slopeside in two- and three-bedroom cottages, chalets and vacation homes at the base of Tamarack Mountain. Various packages are available all season long. For more information visit www.tamarackidaho.com/vacation_planning/lodging_packages.php . Rooms are also available in the nearby towns of McCall to the north and Cascade to the south.

The whole family will find slopes at Tamarack that are competitive and challenging. The staff is very friendly and the food is excellent. It will make you appreciate the world class experience that can be found at a smaller resort that doesn’t get overrun. Over the years, more runs will open and amenities will continue to grow. It’s not too far fetched to say this place could one day become one of the premier ski resorts in America.

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Eight Things Every Skier and Rider Should Do at Tamarack:

1. Take the Summit Express to the 7,700-foot summit and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding Payette River Mountains (grab a snack or cocoa at the Packer's Station Yurt to enjoy with your view)

2. Ski Bliss or Serenity top to bottom - no stops (beware the lactic acid)

3. Have a go at the Hells Canyon SuperPipe

4. Ski through the Tamarack Grove - key is to look for the space, not the trees!

5. Enjoy après ski on the Seven Devils or Canoe Grill patios

6. After a powder dump, go for first tracks off the cornice on Adrenaline or Me First

7. Book a Backcountry Experience (5,054 acres of powder - super-accessible terrain)

8. Stay overnight in a ski-in/ski-out cottage or chalet - hot tub included!

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