Idaho snowdancing seems to be having only mixed results this year.
Tamarack Resort is moving full steam ahead for a Saturday, Dec. 15, opening.
Like other resorts in the area, Tamarack has plenty of snow at the summit, but warm temperatures have kept conditions at the base a bit sparse. Even the area's snowmaking equipment hasn't been much use when facing the unseasonable temperatures.
Still, resort officials are planning to start running the lifts on Dec. 15--even if they are only able to use the top portion of the mountain.
Tamarack is marking opening day with a special promotion: Anyone who brings a nonperishable meal for four on opening day will be able to ski for free. All food collected will be donated to Valley County food banks.
Lifts at Tamarack will run Thursdays-Sundays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., with additional dates during the Christmas holiday when the hill will be open daily from Thursday, Dec. 20, through Sunday, Jan. 6. Adult day passes cost $49, or $39 for a half day. Passes for teens (ages 13-17) cost $42, while juniors (ages 7-12) pay $24. Children ages 6 and younger and seniors ages 70 and older ski for free.
For more info, visit tamarackidaho.com.
Both Brundage Mountain Resort in McCall and Pomerelle Mountain Resort in Albion are also reaping the benefits of recent snow and cold. Both resorts are scheduled to open for the season on Friday, Dec. 14.
Closer to home, and less snow-dependent, is news that the City of Boise is looking to buy 154 more acres of Foothills land.
Boise City Council met Dec. 11 to consider the purchase of open space in Northwest Boise. Adjacent to Collister Drive, the parcel would provide access from existing public lands to the Polecat Gulch Reserve and protect populations of Aase's onion.
The land is expected to cost $500,000, and be purchased with Foothills Serial Levy funds. It's the first purchase since the City sold the Hammer Flat area to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game for just more than $4 million in July.