Locally owned. Supported by members.

Lifting the lifts: Bogus, Tamarack to hoist ski lift towers

IBL Events
Idaho AGC Going Up

It isn’t something you see every day, but for two straight days – you can in the Gem State.

Towers Take Flight at Tamarack

BoiseDev Project Tracker

  • Tamarack Resort

    Click here for details, information & past stories
  • Bogus Basin master development plan

    Click here for details, information & past stories

Today, crews will lift a series of 18 lift towers into place at Tamarack Resort near Donnelly. A total of 18 lift towers will go up, reactivating the Wildwood lift.

The lift stopped running in 2009 as Tamarack sputtered under previous owners and the weight of the weakening economy. Bank of America repossessed the lift in 2012. Putting the lift back in place should open up an additional 200 acres of terrain at the resort.

When BoiseDev broke news of Tamarack’s new owners last fall, Kyle Mowitz of Imperium Blue talked about the importance of the restored lift.

“You will see us install the Wildwood lift that was taken out by Bank of America previously to get to more of that advanced terrain and really open up more of the mountain, and we are going to start working on the mid-mountain restaurant and lodge.”

- Story continues below ads -
ICCU Idaho
IBL Events

The State of Idaho required Imperium to restore the lift as part of its agreement to purchase the resort.

Busting a Bogus bottleneck

At Bogus Basin, similar work will start Wednesday. BoiseDev also first broke this story – that a new high-speed detachable quad lift would replace the slow three-person lift from the base area to the Pioneer Lodge.

The lift is a bottleneck at the resort north of Boise – the new chair will cut down the time it takes to get up the mountain from eleven minutes down to three, and significantly increase capacity.

The lift will be open for the 2019 ski season.

How it happens

Using a heavy-duty helicopter, workers fly the towers in. Crews on the ground grab each tower and secure it to a pre-set concrete base.

The helicopter then comes back to put the cross arm into place, with workers up on the tower to catch it and secure it in place. Later, crews strong the lift cables and add chairs to get the lift up and running.

This 2010 video from Vail Resorts outlines the process:

Love our stories? Get them delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. Plus, support BoiseDev's independent journalism.

Don Day
Don is the founder and editor of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

CenturyLink no more: Downtown arena gets new name

Once folks start gathering for large events in person again, they'll have a new destination in Downtown Boise. Idaho...

Developers, mayor talk about Franklin & Orchard project: pricing, design, features, concept

We have new details on a project to make over the site of a former school on the Boise Bench for affordable...

A Hello Kitty food & merchandise truck is coming to Boise this week

The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck is coming to Boise this Saturday.  The truck is making stops at various locations...

Going Up: Makeover converting aging Boise hotel into small housing units

The old Safari Inn in Downtown Boise closed last year after welcoming guests for more than 50 years. In the months...

Popular

Sun Valley Resort releases winter plan: tweaks and adjustments

Sun Valley Resort released its plan for the upcoming winter season. As in past years, Sun Valley plans...

CenturyLink will change its name – but you may or may not see it

As the CenturyLink turns. We told you last week that the company would leave its Downtown Boise office space....

Boise-based Cradlepoint gets new owner in huge billion-dollar deal

A Boise-based company will get a new parent company, and its owners will get $1.1 billion in their pockets.

Owners apply to tear down Boise Bench office building

A 1960s office building on the Boise Bench with a unique look could soon disappear. The Clint-Graham Center at...

Meridian-area bakery/cafe locations go up for sale

Two area bakery and cafe locations just hit the market. The owners of the Great Harvest Bakery Cafe stores in Meridian...

Costco sets opening date for new Meridian store

The Treasure Valley will soon include three Costco Wholesale stores. Costco Meridian has an opening date. Just in time...

Related

Two restaurants to close at Tamarack Resort

Two restaurants are slated to close at Tamarack Resort.  This summer the resort has been moving restaurants and other...

Tamarack ramps up bike park, adds new jumps and tracks

From novice to expert, mountain bikers will soon be able to try the new features at Tamarack's bike park.

Judge rules defunct golf course at Tamarack will stay split between ownership groups, for now

In 2018, when BoiseDev broke news that a new owner scooped up most of the assets of the Tamarack Resort near Donnelley,...

Bogus Basin open for summer, debuts new mountain bike park

Bogus Basin is open for summer activities and new this year - the lift-served mountain biking park.  Through August...

Latest

Boise-based Cradlepoint gets new owner in huge billion-dollar deal

A Boise-based company will get a new parent company, and its owners will get $1.1 billion in their pockets.

Sun Valley Resort releases winter plan: tweaks and adjustments

Sun Valley Resort released its plan for the upcoming winter season. As in past years, Sun Valley plans...

Boise utility companies enact payment plans instead of utility shut-offs

Some of Boise’s major utility companies started to ease back into collections after months of holding off due to COVID-19. 

Pizza restaurant popular in North End eyes SE Boise location

A pizza restaurant in Boise's North End could open a new location. Lulu’s Pizza, which currently operates at 2594...

CenturyLink will change its name – but you may or may not see it

As the CenturyLink turns. We told you last week that the company would leave its Downtown Boise office space....

Meridian-area bakery/cafe locations go up for sale

Two area bakery and cafe locations just hit the market. The owners of the Great Harvest Bakery Cafe stores in Meridian...