Hashtags are all the rage these days. You can create your own hashtag or you can join in on those that have already been established. The premise of a hashtag is to easily find a community that shares pictures of similar memories of a place, an event, and sometimes a tribe of friends, and/or family on social media. Look up the hashtag #tamfam and you are going to see something special. The majority of the #tamfam is a beautiful representation of snowboarders and skiers coming together in harmony to have a really good time at Tamarack Resort. By looking through the pictures you will see all the fun, all the smiles, pure bliss on faces, gorgeous scenery throughout each run, fluffy white pow, and you’ll also some of the same faces cycling through. That is because some patrons have been there since the very beginning.
Tamarack began construction in 2003, and the first riders that season got brought up to the summit by snowcat! Tamarack officially opened in late 2004, with full chair service and a four season resort that are tucked in on West Mountain, directly west of the Cascade Reservoir in Idaho. With an elevation over 7,660 feet, a vertical of almost 2,800 feet, and about 1,100 acres of skiable gorgeous terrain leads to many uninterrupted blissful movements.
Tamarack was to be built and operated with the same prestige as some other resorts, such as Northstar California in Tahoe and many Colorado resorts. A resort with all the bells and whistles including a village, a lodge, a church, a marketplace, restaurants, and cottages, condos, and estate homes scattered throughout the mountain allowing some to be able to ski out from their door!
Unfortunately, there has been controversy surrounding the resort from the beginning. Tamarack began having trouble paying off their loan in 2007, and with delays on everything investors began pulling away and creditors were losing equity. After operating for only a few seasons, the bank shut down Tamarack with a month left in the ski season in March 2009. Although federal bankruptcy and controversy loomed over Tamarack, the love for the resort remained! So much so that the Homeowners Association created an unincorporated organization, the West Mountain Preservation Management Association, to reopen the hill and the ski lifts themselves. Their efforts were not in vain and in the 2010/2011 season Tamarack reopened purely by the love of the #tamfam.
That love has continued to keep much of the mountain open over the years. Telluride stepped in last year, but then soon pulled out due to bank owned bureaucracies. Yet again, the love has kept it all alive! They have done a great job too with the reopening of Wildwood this season and they just announced the opening of Hibernation Glade for next season. Hibernation Glade will be an intermediate tree trail that is located off of the Tamarack Express.
I, personally, have been a part of the #tamfam for six glorious seasons. This year is the first season that I have actually had to wait in a lift line, so our secret spot is increasing in popularity. When you ride there, you are bound to see the same family and friends on many runs and trails, but you also get a chance to ride solo. Many times I have been on my board cascading through deep powder with not another soul in sight. And every time I have to stop, take out my earbuds, take a look around, listen to the wind in the trees, and appreciate the fact that it’s just me and nature. Rarely in this world, are we allowed the opportunity to really disconnect and fortunately Tamarack allows that.
By the time you need a break you can always join friends at the Yurt at mid-mountain for a snack, an adult beverage, and a chance to get warm. If you want more, Seven Devils will always provide good food, good drinks, and a place where you’re always greeted with smiles by folks you know. Tamarack is a place you can go to and you can literally have a Cheers moment- a place where everyone knows your name. I have meet many people that are now friends because of our mutual love and respect for Tamarack. Making us the #tamfam.