The Tamarack Nordic Trail system offers a variety of trails that wind through open meadows and forested paths with towering pines. Choose your own adventure through the groves of Aspen, fir, and Tamarack trees on your classic or skate skis, Fat Tire Bike or snowshoes. Our regular grooming program (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings) ensures multiple kilometers of optimal terrain throughout the season. Nordic Trails are open every day from dawn to dusk during the ski season.
Discover fresh powder and fresh West Central Mountain air across Tamarack’s 1,100+ acres of lift-accessible terrain with 2,800 vertical feet. Three high-speed quad chairlifts provide access to 50 runs, which receive an average of 300 inches of annual snowfall. Carve or careen down high-speed corduroy groomers, open bowls, steeps and cornices or cruise through hundreds of acres of glade skiing and gate-accessed backcountry. Ready to test your skills? Then hit one of terrain parks featuring rails, jumps and jibs for all levels.
Getting to the chair is quicker than ever with RFID lift gates—just scan and go. Save even more time by pre-purchasing passes and day tickets online and then picking them up at one of the five kiosks located throughout the snow front or The Village at Tamarack.
A fun and engaging group lesson geared for kids who want to improve their skiing ability through a fun learning environment. Each week will have a coaching element mixed with some excitement and adventure. Our goal is for coaches to be with the same students the entire 8-week session. Groups will be created based on ability level and age.
Trailblazers is designed for children ages 4-12 who have previous skiing experience. Participants must be able to confidently ski basic green terrain in control while making wedge turns and must be able to perform a gliding wedge to a stop.
We will have one day or two day options available. Trailblazers will continue to be coached by our certified and experienced instructors that are passionate about snow sports.
All participants will be responsible for providing a lift ticket or season pass and ski equipment including a helmet.
Daily equipment rentals are available at a 15% discount to participants.
Rental equipment must be secured before the lesson begins.
Students must be 4 years old on the first day of the program.
4 – 12 years
8 weeks. Each day includes 4+ hours of snow sports progression and coaching.
Saturdays: 1/7, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/25, 3/4 and 3/11
Sundays: 1/8, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/26, 3/5 and 3/12
Class does not meet the weekends of Martin Luther King Jr. Day or President’s Day.
9:30am - Check-in
10:00 - 10:20 - Warmup session on Discovery Chair
10:20 - 12:00 - Skills coaching
12:00 - 12:55 - Break for lunch
1:00 - 3:15 - Practice & apply the skills from the morning session
3:15 - 3:30 - Class dismissal
A full day of lessons and experiences. Season pass, day tickets, and rentals are extra.
Trailblazer Tryouts January 7 & 8
To make sure that we set up all the participants for the most success possible, the first day will consist of; separating the groups by an on-snow evaluation. The students will be asked to perform some basic skiing maneuvers to showcase their skills. Regardless of previous ability expect to spend most of the morning on the bottom half of the Resort (Discovery and Tamarack Express).
Balance & Terrain Park January 21 & 22
Focus will be on balance (Control the relationship of the Center of Mass to the base of support to direct pressure along the length of the skis). Giving students the ability to understand dynamic balance, and how it plays as an integral platform for most skiing to occur. This day we will also explore Tamarack’s Freestyle parks; Smart style, how to navigate the features safely, and get the chance to get your jib on while focusing on stance and balance.
Pressure & Snow Cat January 28 & 29
Regardless of if we are adding, managing, or removing pressure on our skis, it is always present. This day we really dissect what we use Pressure (Control pressure from ski to ski and direct pressure toward the outside ski) for. We also get to have a up close interaction with a snow cat that Tamarack Resort uses day to day to keep our runs groomed. Check out the cool snow cats and see how they work.
Rotation or Counter Rotation? & Avalanche Dogs February 4 & 5
Rotation or Counter Rotation are two of the keys to successful skiing (Control the skis rotation (turning, pivoting, steering) with leg rotation, separate from the upper body). Our instructors will give you some new skills and drills to help you focus our attention on when and where we use these skills effectively. We will also use those skills to go explore the mountain. We will check out some hidden stashes on the mountain and learn some snow safety from Patrol. This is one of our favorite days as well, we get to go visit the avalanche dogs!
Control in Slalom & Giant Slalom February 18 & 19
We create angles constantly when skiing. Today’s focus will be on what angles help us do while on our skis (Control edge angles through a combination of inclination and angulation). We also will set-up a variety of race scenarios this day and encourage all our participants to spend some time experiencing what it feels like to ski through a racecourse.
Body Equipment Connection February 25 & 26
How do we navigate the connection between our bodies and skis? It is the relationship of the body to the equipment (Regulate the magnitude of pressure created through ski/snow interaction). This day focuses on trying to combine all previous week’s skills together.
Control Off Piste March 4 & 5
Groomers are fun, but have you ever skied off trail? Today we will look at some of the most important parts of skiing off the groomers. Adapting turn shape, picking your line, and assessing snow conditions will all be a part of your day.
End of Program Celebration & Costume Day March 11 & 12
End of season exhibition and pizza party for participants and family. We’ll have classes all around the mountain showcasing what they’ve worked on during the program. We’ll have a racecourse set-up, freestyle park sessions, and be riding all around Tamarack Resort. This is also our costume Day- Dress to impress. Disney characters, super-hero’s, favorite character in movie, get creative!
We invite family to come and see all the hard work that their Trailblazers put into their skiing. We host a party for everyone to get to sit and visit with all the instructors.
Fat biking is one of the easiest and yet most rewarding ways to explore the trails at Tamarack!
Though it started in the 1980s, fat biking has grown in popularity in recent years. A longtime favorite for transportation on warm sandy beaches, these mountain bikes equipped with extra-wide tires are also a great choice for exploring groomed trails.
The under pressurized tires with thick tread provide plenty of traction in snow, making it easy to climb the gentle hills. Exploring the woods on a fat bike is an exciting and unique way to experience Tamarack’s winter wonderland. Work your way to any of the open meadows for great views, and when you crest a hill, kick the pedaling into overdrive to feel the wind rush past as you descend.
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Explore vast terrain in the meadows at Tamarack. Snowshoe through 24k of designated trails varying from wide open views of lake Cascade to dense forests full of wildlife. Whether you're adventuring alone or the whole family is heading out, grab your rentals or bring your own and enjoy our winter wonderland.
Walk On The Wild Side
As the scenery unfolds around you, you’ll discover stillness and serenity in the rolling hills, meadows, pine stands, aspens and our namesake, Tamarack groves. You might even cross paths with deer and other non-hibernating wildlife types like yourself. Put one foot in front of the other, and soon you'll be at peace closer to nature.
If you don’t have your own gear, we’ll get you set up and point you in the right direction. Tamarack’s snowshoe and Nordic trails are open every day, from dawn to dusk during the ski season. Trails are groomed Monday and Friday mornings throughout the season.
Enjoy disc golf on the mountain! Featuring a 9-hole course that is only two years old.
New for summer 2021, Tamarack has added a brand new 9-hole course right at the Village base, near the Discovery Chair. This challenging new lower-mountain course can be accessed off the main Village parking area near the Wildhorse Dome. If you take your time you might even find some morels in the spring and huckleberries in the summer!
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Mountain biking in Idaho, at Tamarack Resort delivers top notch mountain bike trails for novice to expert riders. Adventure through miles of cross country mountain bike trails, embrace steep descents and banked berms on our well maintained downhill bike park, or take a fat tire bike for a spin in the snow! Mountain biking in Idaho is a challenge that pays off with epic views and adrenaline rushes, so hit the trails and experience the rugged mountains of Idaho.
Downhill Mountain Biking
Grab your mountain bike and hop on the Tamarack Express to rip up 1700’ of gravity fed downhill bike park paradise! Our bike park and trail systems offer riding for all ages and ability levels. From flowing single track and pristine berms to rock gardens and tabletops, it’s fun for the whole family. The bike park will be open June 17 for 7-day a week operation. Need a rental? Checkout our premier downhill bike rentals.
At the base of the mountain, next to The Village, is an expert designed jump park with gaps, tabletops and more! Whether you’re seeking big hang time or just learning to fly, the jump park has a range of features to fit your ability level.
Cross Country Trails
Please be patient as our trails melt out this Spring. If a trail is muddy, please do not ride. We will also be doing trail maintenance, as some trails may be closed due to downed trees. Our extensive cross country trails feature 21 miles that wander throughout the resort. These trails are free for all guests to enjoy. Cross country mountain bike trails are available during the spring and fall when the Downhill Bike Park is closed. Cross Country bike rentals are available for rent at Tamarack Outfitters.
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Ever wonder why we’re named Tamarack Resort? It’s because of the remarkable tamarack trees (Western Larch) that surround the resort and change from pine green to Autumn gold as fall arrives. You're invited to experience these vibrant colors from September through November, as the mountains prepare for winter. Below we have highlighted the best ways for you to experience the magnificent fall colors in Idaho, from the Tamarack Grove on the resort, to the aspen tress in the meadows, we have all the beauty Idaho has to offer!
What do you get if you cross an angry sheep and a moody cow? An animal that’s in a baaaaaaaad moooooood. All jokes aside, you may encounter both animals along West Mountain Road this fall. Here are a few tips on how to interact with these animals.
The sheep are typically protected by Great Pyrenees or other working sheep dogs. They are not pets, they take their job seriously!
Mountain bikers should dismount from their bikes.
Walk your bike through the sheep and then continue on your ride.
Keep your pets on a leash.
If the working dogs approach you, talk to them and let them know you are a human and not a threat.
Approach cattle very slowly and give them time to move off the trail.
If a cow runs down the trail in front of you, stop and wait, and let the animal move off the trail.
If you see anyone harassing cattle, wildlife or wild horses, please notify the BLM or the Forest Service.