Tamarack Set to Open Beginner's Slope This Weekend

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Snowmakers are making the Dec. 13 opening a reality. - GEORGE PRENTICE
  • George Prentice
  • Snowmakers are making the Dec. 13 opening a reality.

While the Treasure Valley experiences a warm and mild winter, with temperatures in the 50s, Tamarack Resort just southwest of Donnelly, will turn on the chairlifts this weekend. Well, one chairlift anyway. The Discovery beginner area will open on Dec. 13, with lift tickets costing $15. 

The area will include a few freestyle terrain features as well. More terrain will open as conditions permit. Right now, the NOAA forecast for the Donnelly area calls for a mix of rain and snow all week, with highs in the 40s. The resort has 21 inches mid-mountain as of Dec. 9. 

Tamarack's revamped use of snowmaking equipment this season is largely what's making the Dec. 13 opening possible. The snowmakers turned on in mid-November and will pour 25 to 35 million gallons of water in the form of snow onto the resort all season long. 

“Thanks to our snowmaking system, we’ve been able to make snow despite challenging weather conditions allowing Tamarack to start new daily lift operations,” Tamarack spokesman David Papiez in a news release.

Once Dec. 13 hits, the resort will be open for seven-day-a-week operations for the first time since 2008. Read Boise Weekly's full report on Tamarack's new management plan and challenges facing other southwestern Idaho ski resorts here.

Skiing will be free at Tamarack on Dec. 19 in exchange of non-perishable food items or gently-used winter clothing. 

As for Bogus Basin, rain and warm temperatures continue to eat at the base left by an impressive snow storm in November. 

Bogus Basin as of Dec. 9. - BOGUS BASIN WEBCAM
  • Bogus Basin Webcam
  • Bogus Basin as of Dec. 9.