Tuesday, January 29, 2008

TAMARACK BACKCOUNTRY TOURS GO ABOVE & BEYOND

There’s no doubt that Tamarack Resort is carving out the quintessential upscale winter experience in the heart of the scenic Payette River Mountains. Its well-heeled credentials even include Bliss, a blue cruiser featured in SKI Magazine last fall. But for the ultimate Tamarack experience, consider a trip into the backcountry.

Tamarack’s considerable investment in luxury amenities gets a lion’s share of the attention, but this emerging big time resort is thoroughly committed to backcountry touring. And it’s got great assets to work with—over 5,000 acres of terrain under special use permit from the U.S. Forest Service, with more to come.

Tamarack’s guided backcountry services are perfect for strong skiers and snowboarders with a thirst for adventure. Depending on the size of your group, you can ride in a snowcat or experience the thrill of skijoring behind a snowmobile. Professional guides show you endless lines of untracked powder in glades and open bowls to the north and south of Tamarack’s in-bounds terrain. Half-day and full day trips are available.

Dropping from a ridgetop into the unknown and floating through virgin powder is an unforgettable experience. Your guide won’t steer you wrong. Just tell them what you like. Turn through wide-open spaces and cedar forests. Drop over cliffs or blast through the pillows of snow-covered boulder fields. It’s up to you.

Come back down to earth in-bounds and explore balanced terrain 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.

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 opened 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

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 see 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.

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