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Tamarack Skiing & Snowboarding Resort Guidee

Tamarack might not have the storied past of older ski resorts, but that’s sort of the point. It’s a modern all-inclusive, year-round mountain resort with the ski terrain and amenities to match. The resort is located near Cascade Lake, just 90 minutes from Boise, Idaho, but it feels a whole world removed from the hustle of the big city. There’s something for everyone at Tamarack, from rafting, boating, mountain biking, and ziplining in the summer, along with 300 inches of snow annually and 1100 acres of skiable terrain all winter long. Idaho has always been the home state of skiing in the US, and Tamarack upholds that legacy with great views, great snow, and fun for the whole family.

Mountain Overview

Tamarack’s inbounds terrain spans the east-facing slopes of West Mountain, with three quad chairlifts delivering skiers to the summit at 7,660’. From the summit skiers and snowboarders can drop into 2,760 of elevation change as they slash their way back down to the base area.

The upper mountain is composed mostly of steep, expert terrain, and is accessed by the Summit Express chair. It’s a go-to for experienced skiers looking for exciting terrain on powder days. But for less advanced skiers the Tamarack Express loads right from the base area and delivers skiers and riders to a variety of beginner and intermediate friendly runs. And for the first-timers, the Discovery Chair and Mutton Buster Carpet lift offer a great introduction to the sport in a safe, controlled environment. There are several terrain parks off of the Tamarack Express chair.

If you’re looking to explore more gladed tree skiing, the Wildwood Express chair serves the northern boundary of the resort and has a nice variety of groomed runs and fun tree skiing. It accesses a different drainage than the other lifts and offers a nice change of pace.

Mountain Stats & Tamarack Trail Map

Tamarack Trail Map

 Total Skiable Acres 1,100Beginner Terrain 17%
 Base Elevation 4,900'Intermediate Terrain 45%
 Summit Elevation 7,660'Advanced Terrain 38%
 Vertical Drop2,760'Average Annual Snowfall300"
Total Lifts7  

Travel Information & Directions

Tamarack is located just two and a half hours north of Idaho’s capital, Boise. The Boise Airport has shuttles available to Tamarack, as well as rental cars. Tamarack also offers a shuttle bus from Boise on Saturdays to make getting to the mountain even easier, always make sure to check availability and schedules before counting on this for your transportation. Once you’re at Tamarack all the amenities and ski area are within walking distance.
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Tamarack Ski Bus

Tamarack Lodging Information

Tamarack is rife with lodging options. There are ski-in-ski-out rooms available in The Village at Tamarack and at the Lodge at Osprey Meadows, as well as cottage, chalet, and townhome rentals. No matter the size of your group or your budget, Tamarack has a lodging option that works for you.

Tamarack Lodging Overview

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Local Food Picks

Tamarack is all about the all-inclusive resort experience and that means plenty of dining options. We’d recommend starting your day at Clearwater Coffee, they serve made-in-Idaho DOMA coffee, and also have grab-and-go breakfast options. If you want to grab lunch on the hill, visit the The Rendezvous. Located mid-mountain is there to feed your ski day taco cravings, with pizza and bowla, too. And for a nice dinner afterwards it’s hard to beat The Reserve restaurant. Their food is first class and they’ve got the perfect apres ski cocktail selection.

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Where to Find Lift Tickets to Tamarack?

In addition to the All-Season Boundless passes, Tamarack offers both Express Cards and day tickets. The advantage of Express Cards is that they offer reservation-free skiing at a discount all season long. Just buy one at the beginning of the year and load days onto it as you wish. Tamarack also offers discounted Senior, Junior, and Military lift tickets. Back to passes, the All-Season Boundless pass is valid all year long with lift-accessed mountain biking, yoga, and complimentary kayak & sup rentals in the summer as well as other benefits.

All-Season Boundless Passes
Tamarack Lift Tickets

Tamarack Conditions & Weather Information

Tamarack resort gets a lot of snow each winter, which means plenty of storms. Over 300” of snow falls annually. But in between, it’s often sunny up on the hill and offers beautiful views of the lake. It gets cold here, so pack your puffy jacket!

Tamarack Weather Resources

Tamarack Ski Report
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