TAMARACK, Idaho -- Tamarack Resort is making another big commitment to freeriding this winter, by building and maintaining a 22-foot Olympic-sized SuperPipe for the upcoming winter season.
The truly ‘Super’ pipe will be one of only a half-dozen in North America to showcase the new Olympic standard--22-foot high walls.
“As the newest destination resort in the ski industry, we are constantly striving to stay at the forefront with all of our recreation amenities, says Jean-Pierre Boespflug, Tamarack CEO. “By providing everything from excellent grooming to world-class freeride features; an exciting variety of snowshoeing and Nordic options, and 5,000 acres of extremely accessible backcountry--we are offering the ultimate multi-generational mix of winter adventure.
The resort also welcomes back America’s premier snowboarding competition -- the Chevrolet U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix. Thousands of spectators turned out last winter to cheer on Olympic and X-Games medalists in the Hells Canyon SuperPipe and on a specially designed Snowboardcross course. After winning the pipe competition at Tamarack, Olympic silver medalist Gretchen Bleiler remarked, “Having a pipe this big really does a lot for the progression of the sport. The crowd was awesome and just everything about being here was so good. This year, the competition and top snowboarders return on February 9-10.
To round out the winter adventure experience, Tamarack has acquired the outfitting license to run its own snowmobiling operations this season. Leaving from the resort’s 7700-foot summit, guests will have access to more than 350 miles of groomed trails in the Payette River Mountains, along with endless miles of backcountry terrain in the Boise and Payette National Forests.
Tamarack is also continuing to expand its on-mountain terrain, with the addition of two new runs for this season for a total of 41. The resort’s anticipated opening day is November 22; with Idaho’s longest ski season planned to run into mid-May.