Tamarack to open early with "Preview Weekend"

Posted at 11:15 AM, Nov 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-30 13:15:08-05

With eighteen inches of snow in the past ten days and cold temperatures for snowmaking, Tamarack officials say the resort near Donnelly will open for skiing this Saturday and Sunday. 

The so-called “Preview Weekend” will allow skiers and snowboards to access the beginner area terrain, one weekend prior to Tamarack’s official opening day of Friday, December 9. 

Tamarack will be opening its retail, rental, day care and ski school services along with some of its food and beverage outlets, according to Tamarack General Manager Brad Larsen.

“Tamarack’s projected day for seven-day-a-week operations is Friday, December 9.  But, the resort has opted to open a small amount of terrain one weekend earlier,” Larsen said. “Tamarack has the largest snowmaking system in southwest Idaho, capable of converting 1,150 gallons of water per minute into snow.  This snowmaking system, coupled with abundant snowfall, will allow Tamarack to open its beginner area earlier than projected.”

“The recent snow and cold weather has truly helped with our slope conditions, and we have ample snow in our beginner area.  For those interested in some early season skiing, we’ve chosen to open for the weekend,” he added.

Skiing on the beginner area will be serviced by the Discovery Chairlift from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4. 

Season passes will be honored and lift tickets will be $10 for ages 7 and older.  Kids ages 6 and below are free. 

Larsen said the resort intends to close Monday through Thursday of next week to prepare for its official opening day -- when the resort will begin operating 7-days-a-week for the remainder of the winter season.