VALLEY COUNTY -- After more than a year of sitting idle, there is life again on the slopes at Tamarack Resort in Valley County.
Monday was opening day at Tamarack Resort, the day brought a lot of snow and an estimated 900 people to the resort, but besides all of that, it's also bringing renewed hope to Valley County.
I'm pumped, heard the powder was really good, said one snowboarder.
Skiers and boarders turned out Monday for the reopening of Tamarack Resort. Tim Flaherty, the general manager of winter operations says getting Tamarack reopened has been a long process.
There were a few that said it can't be done, it's too mired down in legalities, good luck, but it'll never happen and the more that we heard that, the more we said that I think we can do this, let's just keep trying, saidFlaherty.
Although Tamarack Resort itself remains in bankruptcy legal proceedings, members of Tamarack's homeowner association rallied together, using $80,000 of their member dues to make a ski season possible.
It's almost a little grassroots effort -- people really wanted it done; they had determination we found a way to do it, said Karen Ruttke, a Tamarack homeowner.
The association presented a $1.5 millionbusiness plan to the Idaho Land Board, the Idaho bankruptcy court, and Credit Suisse, who was also a contributor to the association.And after deliberations all parties agreed to allow the ski season.
It was like a huge team -- Team Tamarack, and we pulled it through, said Ruttke.
Thrilled to death to see the person out here on the hill -- and it s a positive and very upbeat movement for us, it's a great day -- it's a great day for us, said Cascade Mayor Dick Carter.
Carter says Tamarack's reopening will be a major boost to the local economy.
It's fantastic for our economy, not only is the economic value, but the motivational value, the spiritual value in the sense that we may have turned the corner and things are starting to happen, saidCarter.
Tamarack is said to employ upwards of a hundred people, people like Wolfe Ashcraft, who once owned his own ski shop, but had to shut it down when Tamarack closed.
On a personal standpoint, it saved me financially. It was an incredible opportunity to come up here and do what I love, to do and get a steady income and for a great company and hopefully get to ski some, saidAshcraft.
Tamarack homeowners are already looking towards the future of the resort and possible new owners.
I have no doubt we will be able to do this next year -- even without a buyer, I think the demand and the popularity that we're seeing is going to be proof to that. But I have confidence we will get an owner -- it's just a gem in the mountains -- and somebody's waiting to get a very good deal, said Ruttke.
Tamarack says they've already sold 700 season passesand those continue to sell.
Tamarack is expected to remain open until April.
Homeowners we talked to say they are optimistic they will find a buyer for the resort before next year.