Ski Resort Life

Signpost: Tamarack Resort


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840 skiable acres in-bounds; 2,800 vertical feet; base elevation: 4,900 feet; summit elevation: 7,700 feet; 300 inches annual snowfall; 35 runs; seven lifts, including three high-speed detachable quads.

adults $55; kids 7—17 $28; children 6 and under free.

This season, Tamarack offers rooms in the new Member’s Lodge, cottages, homes and chalets for rent. Prices range from $240—$1,230 per night; 877-826-7376. In McCall, the high-end hotel is Whitetail, a 77-room resort on the shore of Payette Lake; from $205 per night; 800-657-6464;

The Epicurean, in the Hotel McCall downtown, serves some of the valley’s best food, with a global twist—like nut-encrusted mahi-mahi with seared bananas and sweet potato cakes topped with a red curry sauce; 208-634-8188. Though it’s housed in one of the base village’s temporary structures, Morels, Tamarack’s only nighttime dining option, serves lunch and dinner daily. On the menu: entrees like citrus-basil sea bass seared with melted leeks and rock shrimp fricassee; 208-325-1013.

Don’t miss
Brundage Mountain Resort, a locals’ ski hill eight miles from McCall, has a nice hometown-hill vibe, cheap lift tickets, great views west to Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness—and it skis much bigger than its 1,800 vertical feet;; 800-888-7544.

Getting there
Most major airlines fly into Boise, about a 145-mile drive from Tamarack. Sun Valley Express offers daily shuttles to the resort; $49; 877-622-8267;

Tamarack also offers a charter air service into nearby McCall from several major U.S. cities on its own aircraft; 877-826-7376.

Tamarack Resort: 877-826-7376; McCall Area Visitors Bureau: 800-260-5130. Cascade, Idaho Chamber of Commerce: 208-382-3833;