Just to clarify, if you look at the trailmap:http://www.tamarackidaho.com/documen...rail%20Map.pdf
You can see the only two lifts that were in operation last year were the Tamarack express and the Summit Express. The other lifts are slated for "future years", although I'm not sure which ones are going in this year.
I went to Brundage, Bogus and SV last year on a 3 day trip to Boise. I was on business, but conviced them to fly me out 3 days early to visit a friend who lives North of town. We bypasses Tamarack, so I have not actually skied there, but I'l give you my impressions of each area:
Bogus - The biggest area besides SV, but I liked it better then Sun Valley. Laid back and cheap. We closed out the season there the second weekend in March and the conditions stunk, but you could tell they had a wide vareity of terrain to offer when they actually get snow.
Brundage - Not my favorite as I kind of got the feeling most of the runs were very similar other then one section where you could hike out on a ridge extending north from the ski area. We found some nice corn in the that area, and it was the only soft snow we found all weekend - it was March during a really warm and dry year remember.
SV - I tried to ski most of the day, because I knew it was going to be my last day on skis for about 8 months, but the snow stunk. Met some fellow NCers, but the apparent lack of backcountry had me labeling this as a "I'm glad I skied SV so I can say I've been there, but I'll probably never go back" kind of day. They were also running a promotion where if you had a season pass to another resort they would give you $30 off you lift ticket. I grabed the wrong jacket when I left Raleigh, as I was officially on business, so I didn't have my Vail pass. I printed out my Vail account online before I left Boise though, hoping for the best, but they did not give me the discount. This was understandable, but they seemed really snobby about it.
Tamarack - Like I said, I didn't ski it, but it has low elevation, about 4900' or so is the base, and it looked really flat. Their main reason for building the ski area where they did was because they had land clains at the base and wanted to build a community there and needed a draw to get people to buy the houses. Driving up, you can see a few peaks that may be one more ridge behind Tamarack that look pretty impresive. That's where they should have built the ski area.
We did eat at a cool little barn type place for breakfast on the way to Brundage, but I cannot remember if it was in McCall or not, or the name of the place, but it will be pretty obvious when you drive to McCall on the right hand side of the road.
If you get a chance for an off day, or like some backcounty, take the 75-15 route around the Sawtooths through Ketchum, Stanley and Idaho City. It's an impressive mountain chain, and somewhere around there, Galena maybe there is a nice backcountry spot if you know what you're doing. You will enter a big canyon where the road climbs steeply to the pass and see the tracks coming down. Keep driving around the pass and just as the road turns sharply left there will be a pullout. The bootpack will be pretty obvious on the left hand side of the road.
BTW, do you work at Alpine???