Idaho's Tamarack Resort announced Tuesday it will reopen 100 acres within the ski area boundary as "hike-to" terrain.
Replay Resorts, which took over Tamarack's operations in May, has decided to reopen the Wildwood trail area on the northern section of the resort that closed in 2009 after lift access was terminated.
"The Wildwood trails have been untouched by skiers and riders for nearly six years. Reopening this terrain to guests willing to take the short hike and 'earn their turns' is a great way to create a new ski experience that is unique to Tamarack," said Brad Larsen, Tamarack Resort general manager, in a news release.
The announcement was also shared on the resort’s Facebook page, to which some responded with disenchantment, saying they have been hiking to and skiing the “new area” for years since the lift was removed.
Skiers willing to make the five-minute hike from the top of Enigma will have access to steeper pitches and the option to easily return the resort base area. These additional runs will be within the resort’s 900-acre permitted boundary and will be monitored by Tamarack's ski patrol.
"The skiing over there is incredible. It is one of my favorite places to ski,” says Larsen. “I am very excited to get skiers over to enjoy it this year.”
With 2,800 feet of vertical, Tamarack Resort reported the season's first snow dusting at their 7,700-foot summit on September 5.