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Tamarack, ID?

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Anyone got any info/experience at Tamarack Ski Area?  I was through McCall, ID this summer on my way to a raft trip and liked the area.  Thinking about a returm visit in the winter.  It looks like Tamarack has been through some difficulties.  Is it currently open?  Any thoughts about good/bad? 

And what about Schweitzer?  How close to McCall?  hard/easy trip in winter? 

Thanx for anything you can contribute.

tch

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It's a really nice area.  Brundage is ok and has some cat skiing. I wouldn't count on Tamarack's lifts spinning, but I'll bet you can get a good deal on a house.  Could be a good sled ski/tour venue.  The Wallowa's have some good touring too.

Schweitzer's nice, but that's a bit of a haul.

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Tamarack is really small, and like said I don't think they are gonna be open after the fraud issues they have been through lately. Brundage is okay, they get some good snow but the terrain is so, so... they have some long grommers but nothing too challenging. Brundage have cat skiing like shredhead said, so this could be fun... also there is a pretty good traffic of BC skiers and sleds in the area.

 

Schweitzer's a good 6+ hrs drive from McCall and Sun Valley is about 4:30 drive. Sun Valley is much bigger than Brundage or Tamarack, expensive but has good terrain but you have to be lucky because the snow is not consistent, it can be days without any snow...

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McCall, and that region,is nice country.  Everywhere else is a bit of a slog from there though.

 

Investigate North Idaho.  Sandpoint,  Coeur d'Alene, and Spokane offers you 5 good ski areas within day  skiing range, and you are only a couple of hours from the South end of the Eastern BC areas.  Packing light and going on a ski safari through that country can be a whole lot of fun (and not too expensive compared to other regions).  Look up Goldmember's videos on here for a really good over view of the region.

 

Please don't tell too many others though, it is not very crowded yet and would like to keep it that way.

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McCall, and that region,is nice country.  Everywhere else is a bit of a slog from there though.

 

Investigate North Idaho.  Sandpoint,  Coeur d'Alene, and Spokane offers you 5 good ski areas within day  skiing range, and you are only a couple of hours from the South end of the Eastern BC areas.  Packing light and going on a ski safari through that country can be a whole lot of fun (and not too expensive compared to other regions).  Look up Goldmember's videos on here for a really good over view of the region.

 

Please don't tell too many others though, it is not very crowded yet and would like to keep it that way.

 

Thanks for the plug, Stranger!  Most of our videos are on the Peak Travels page, linked below.

 

For the OP, here is a piece on Tamarack. So far as I am aware, they will be open again this season. Following their problems, a group of the property owners took over the ski hill and have been operating it. It's a fun place with good snow but, as noted, not particularly challenging. Brundage, also highlighted by video below, is similar in that they have good snow but it's not a large area. Neither of them seem to have much traffic so a powder day lasts pretty much all day. And there are generally plenty of powder days.

 

Tamarack:

 

Brundage:

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tch

 

Schweitzer is a fantastic mountain, well worth the trip.  A lot of great terrain for good skiers and Sandpoint is  an interesting town sitting on Lake Pend Oreille.   From McCall it is a haul though, and in a winter storm can be pretty nasty going north towards  Lewiston.

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Living in the Sun Valley area, I am often asked if I ever ski the northern Idaho areas. I don't because it is such a long drive on two lane roads, although I have been there many years ago. SLC, Jackson, and Bachelor are all much closer, and Tahoe and Colorado are not much further in terms of drive time.

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