VALLEY COUNTY, Idaho -- Despite a myriad of legal issues surrounding bankruptcy and foreclosure, Tamarack Resort opened Friday for its 10th season.
The resort is half ran by the Tamarack Municipal Association, and since they last had a ski season, progress has been made regarding everything that's legal surrounding the resort."
The view on Friday couldn't have been better for opening day, especially when you consider that admission was free with a food donation to local food banks. In all, skiers donated 8,000 meals.
"You know, give back to the community, ski cheap, it's a win win," said Eric Wakild, who was visiting the resort on opening day.
At the top of the mountain, the snow was fresh and deep.
"This is only my second time here. The snow's good. I love it," said Wakild.
At the base of the resort and along the lift up, weeds can easily be seen poking through the snow.
Snow machines working in tandem with Mother Nature were able to make enough snow to open up about 40 percent of the runs.
Just like the last three years, Tamarack is running on a tight budget.
That's where Ambassadors for the Tamarack Municipal Association, like Phyllis Bohlman, come in and volunteer to lend a hand at the resort just because.
"Because I love it. Wonderful people, great group to work with. You get to meet so many new people. You get to help with kids," said Bohlman.
As for the legal matters surrounding the resort, now going on its forth year, Executive Director Tim Flaherty says progress is being made every month with light at the end of the tunnel.
Some foreclosures have already happened, and more will happen this winter according to Flaherty,
"The bottom line is that once the foreclosure is finalized there will be a one year redemption period. We're positioned to continue to operate through that period until a new owner is on board," said Flaherty.
And that means the resort will be closer to being in a position, free of bankruptcy and foreclosure, and attractive to a future buyer.
"We're positioned long-term, through the homeowners association, to continue to run the resort with no problems," said Flaherty.
Just like in years past, Tamarack will continue to operate Thursday through Sunday, and then during Christmas break they'll be open seven days a week from December 19 to January 5. Passes for adults will be only $30, due to the limited number of lifts open.
With it being the 10th anniversary, there will be a New Year's Eve party, complete with fireworks and a torchlight parade.