Enjoy Idaho’s Winter Sports Centers: Tamarack Resort

Idaho is a state that takes pride in the generous snowfall it experiences every winter. Being a relatively dry state, snow is a precious natural resource that keeps Idaho’s lands watered during the summer. But that isn’t the only reason Idahoans love the snow. In the winter, Idahoans hit the slopes for sledding, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling.  Ski resorts in particular are numerous, and close to almost every Idaho town or city. Among these is Tamarack ski resort, located ninety miles north of the capital city of Boise.


The resort is located in the Payette River Mountains, and receives an annual snowfall of about 300 inches, providing skiers with fresh powder throughout the winter. The summit elevation of the mountain is 7,700 feet, providing a view of the valley, the surrounding mountains, and the glistening Cascade Lake. Then take the total vertical drop of 2,800 feet back to the resort for hot chocolate. The mountain sports a range of slopes that cater to the needs of skiers. Of their 37 lift served runs, 15 percent are for novice, 44 percent are for intermediate, and 41 percent are for you wild and crazy ski enthusiasts. This makes Tamarack and excellent ‘teacher’ mountain as well as a challenge for the experienced. If slope skiing and snowboarding aren’t your favorite, the resort has 15 kilometers of cross country skiing and even more backcountry snowshoeing trails.

 Education Programs

Tamarack resort provides educational programs for skiers of all skill levels. You have the option to take a class with many other skiers or to have private instruction from a ski professional. In addition to teaching you, these education programs provide all of the equipment you need, with the exception of your snow pants, coat, and hat. One program makes it possible to invite up to five friends to your private lessons, and with season passes issued at the end of each class you get to try out your new skills on the challenging slopes.

Year Round Activities

Although the ski and snowboard slopes are Tamarack’s main attraction, the resort is open year round. With golfing, mountain biking, water activities on Cascade Lake, zip lining, hiking, and rafting activities during the summer, Tamarack is an all purpose vacation destination. Spend a day hiking or fishing and come back for a concert in their outdoor amphitheater.  In addition to outdoor activities, the resort is currently construction a village area to house and entertain its many visitors. Spend your vacation in one of the resort’s cabins, lodges, estate houses, or quaint cottages. You can also reserve a space at the resort for your big event, whether it be a wedding reception, a business party, or a family reunion.

Idaho is home to some of the best outdoor recreation in the northwest. With easy access to ski locations throughout the state, your choice to live in Idaho is one of adventure. Check out Idaho real estate for your next home, especially if you love snow sports, and enjoy the many close resorts like Tamarack.

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