Tamarack Homeowners Commit to Campaign for Winter Season at Resort

DONNELLY, Idaho — A unanimous executive committee of the Tamarack Municipal Association homeowners today moved to launch a marketing campaign to offer a 2010-11ski-snowboard season at Tamarack Resort in the western Rockies of Idaho.

The season is scheduled for “first tracks” on Dec.20. Snowmaking at the first destination ski resort developed in the U.S. since the mid-1980s will begin in early November.

“We need to move now to complete the work that will ensure that skiers and boarders who want to stay and play at Tamarack have a high-quality experience this winter,” said Doug Dvorak, a member of the homeowners board. “We are optimistic that stakeholders in the resort’s bankruptcy reorganization see all of the asset-protecting value of having a fully functional resort running while legal issues are resolved. We hope they will continue to be supportive.”

Adult season and family passes are now available and are bargain priced beginning at $199 per person. Daily lift tickets for full mountain access are $46 for adults and $22 for youth.

Until web-based transactions are enabled at www.tamarackidaho.com, just call (208) 325-1736 for ticket and pass information.

All funds will be held in escrow and are fully refundable until necessary final approval is granted by the court guiding the Tamarack Resort bankruptcy reorganization.

Up to 65 jobs will be created or preserved by TMA’s mountain and amenities operations this winter.

“My family has been drawn to this mountain because of its consistent, high quality ski and snowboard experience and we are excited to get back to Tamarack,” said Dr. Michael Carey, a Boise-based pathologist and member of the executive committee of Tamarack Municipal Association. “While the parties in the bankruptcy sort out their respective interests, the rest of us can create some economic development in Valley County and have some fun in the snow at Tamarack.”

Tamarack’s homeowners have already earned consent of Tamarack Resort principals to use resort equipment and amenities to serve guests.

As Tamarack homeowners launch their marketing campaign, the State of Idaho continues to work with owners of Tamarack Resort and their lenders to secure the 2010 lease payment that is currently overdue.

The bankruptcy court may review whether to appoint a “chief restructuring officer” in the case. That court official, if appointed, could consider acceptance of TMA’s plan. TMA believes the resort will be worth more if skiing and boarding are under way while Tamarack is for sale.

TMA’s plan is to conduct a 15-week season from Dec. 20-April 3. The resort will be open Thursdays through Sundays, with extended days during holidays of Christmas, New Year, Martin Luther King, Jr., President’s Day and Spring Break.

The resort operations team is in place and this week began preparing for ski operations.

Five lifts are scheduled to be operating this season, including the lift accessing the 7,700-foot Summit of West Mountain.

Access and amenities to be available to Tamarack Resort guests this season:

– Five chairlifts, including Tamarack Summit lift service
– Lodging and commercial food and beverage facilities in the Lodge at Osprey Meadows
– Food and beverage service at the Canoe Grill and at Seven Devils Pub, provided a concessionaire is secured by TMA.
– Ski and snowboard equipment rental in the Sports Dome
– Hot Shots coffee bar in the Sports Dome
– Snowmaking
– Full grooming capability
– Terrain park
– Groomed Nordic ski facilities
– Snow removal from resort roads and parking areas

The Tamarack Municipal Association (TMA) is the master property owner’s association at the resort. TMA provides services to the entire resort community. TMA represents the owners of 389 privately owned residential properties on the 2,100-acre Tamarack Resort as well as 54 residential and multiple commercial properties owned by the controlling entity of Tamarack Resort, LLC. TMA has a year-round staff of 14 and will add mountain services staff to manage the ski, snowboard and guest amenities for the winter season of 2010-11. Total employment in winter 2010-11 is expected to be up to 65 people.