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Spent Monday and Tuesday blazin' down the trails at Tamarack. It was a blast!

Read the whole story below!..............

We stayed Sunday & Monday night at a campground on W. Mountain Rd. and had the whole place to ourselves. You can see the lodgings were cozy with a great view!







Here's the real only bad news of the trip. We hadn't even gone 100ft down the first trail of the day when this happened. I was plowing through a strong G corner and the force was more than my wheel could handle and it buckled under me. So, I pushed it back to the top and rode the lift down. I spent quite some time at the repair shop debating how to comtinue the trip. The wheels they had to purchase were no better than mine, so I chose to rent..... and I'm glad I did!



Here was my replacement for 2 days! Awesome machine!



Now, we'll get into some riding pics.......























It took some doin' but eventually we found the challenge and jump parks. I thought the challenge park was quite fun. Here I am on the teeter-totter. Yee-haw!

 

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Why don't I remember this hunk of granite??
Back2Kill said:
Awesome pix man!

Yeah those SC bikes they had for rent were pretty damn schweet!

Tamarack gave us lowly REI employees a free season MTB pass so I'm gonna try to get up there as much as I can. If I don't end up going to Ketchum/Sun Valley this weekend, I may just hit up Tam on Saturday and call it good.

Did you try Exit Stage Right or Stage Fright? I didn't do Stage Fright, but TRIED to do ESR and ended up crashing shortly after this section....



Tam is definately fun. I can see how it can get old for some people, but I could ride Super G all day long.

Hey...did they finish that one big wall ride? They were still working on it when I was there.

I think Kranked 6 was suppose to be filmed there this week.
 

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Nice post, like the view from the "cabin." :thumbsup:

So Doug, would you say that the big bike was "confidence inspiring" and better suited for a big guy up there? Having all that travel is fun, eh? Squish squish.

How much $ for the rental/day?
 

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I am planning on going up on Saturday. Riding a black Dirtbag. If you don't mind showing an old guy newb rider around I would love to ride with you.
 

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jimi1114 ---

I *should* be up there around 10am. I'm taking the shuttle from Boise since it's free and I need to save on ga$. But since I'm taking the shuttle, it departs the resort at 3:30pm so I will probably be done by 3pm so I could hopefully take a quick shower and a bite to eat. Not alot of time, but thank god for chairlifts!!!

I'll be on an orange Yeti. I'll PM you my cell phone number.

Nick
 

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jimi1114 ---

I *should* be up there around 10am. I'm taking the shuttle from Boise since it's free and I need to save on ga$. But since I'm taking the shuttle, it departs the resort at 3:30pm so I will probably be done by 3pm so I could hopefully take a quick shower and a bite to eat. Not alot of time, but thank god for chairlifts!!!

I'll be on an orange Yeti. I'll PM you my cell phone number.

Nick
Great. I should be up there about 10:00 as well. I will give you a call.

Jim.
 

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Not to get a debate started, but me and some buddies are planning on riding Brundage on Saturday, but after looking at the pic's i'm thinking of trying out Tamarack for the first time. My friend will have his 11 year old son with us, so we do need some "green" trails if you know what I mean.

Thanks for any opinions....

Mike
 

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Overthebars said:
Not to get a debate started, but me and some buddies are planning on riding Brundage on Saturday, but after looking at the pic's i'm thinking of trying out Tamarack for the first time. My friend will have his 11 year old son with us, so we do need some "green" trails if you know what I mean.
I can't defend Brundage as I've never been there. However, there were quite a few kids riding at Tamarack while I was there. A couple kids were spanking me all over the mountain :prft:

Tamarack has a limited number of trails. I found none that were an easy, casual cruise. If taken slow, even a novice rider can enjoy difficult trails. Just have to be on the lookout for people like me comin' 30mph around blind corners :thumbsup:

I am going to support Tamarack because they are more proactive in the building of trails, obstacles, challenge parks, and overall awareness of the sport. :thumbsup:
 

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Here is my take on Tamarack (and I might be there this weekend)....

Tam's MAIN trail is called "Super G" and I do believe it is rated "intermediate". As opposed to Brundage's main trail "Elk Trail", Super G really does follow the fall line straight down the mountain whereas Elk criss-crosses across the mountain. IMNSHO Elk has better flow and is perhaps a better trail for less experienced riders. I *think* Super G is a lil' more steeper than Elk and it definately has alot more turns than Elk. One great thing for experienced riders when riding Super G is that it has a number of optional features you can hit like two wall rides, jumps, rocks, more jumps. But the trail builders also built easy bypasses around those features just in case you are not comfortable doing them.

There are a handful of trails that branch off of Super G, but they are nowhere near as long.

As of several weeks ago when I was last there, they didn't have their main "green" ride open which was more or less a wide dirt/gravel access road up and down the mountain. I think it's probably cuz of all the work being done on the mountain.

Oh...and the Sports Dome at Tamarack has a shower you can use after a long, hot, dusty day of mountain biking!!! :thumbsup:

I know other people from this board have been there and may have a different opinion on Tamarack v Brundage, but that's my $.02!

Nick


I've only hit a couple of the XC trails and haven't been able to find the challenge park and jump park :rolleyes:.
 

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Back2Kill said:
I can't defend Brundage as I've never been there.
I think you'd like riding at Brundage...especially the harder trails like Hidden Valley and Zorro!

Tamarack has a limited number of trails. I found none that were an easy, casual cruise. If taken slow, even a novice rider can enjoy difficult trails. Just have to be on the lookout for people like me comin' 30mph around blind corners :thumbsup:
That's a good point. Super G really doesn't feel as "open" as say Elk Trail so you do need to be fully aware of what is going on around you and always be prepared to come up on a slower/stopped rider or be prepared to be overtaken by guys on bigger bikes hauling ass.

I am going to support Tamarack because they are more proactive in the building of trails, obstacles, challenge parks, and overall awareness of the sport. :thumbsup:
And they have HOT female riders!!!!!!! :p
 

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Overthebars said:
Not to get a debate started, but me and some buddies are planning on riding Brundage on Saturday, but after looking at the pic's i'm thinking of trying out Tamarack for the first time. My friend will have his 11 year old son with us, so we do need some "green" trails if you know what I mean.

Thanks for any opinions....

Mike
I was at Tam this past Sunday. The biggest comparison of Tam to Brundage IMO is that Brundage has well-seasoned trails and Tam has not quit got there yet. The trails at Brundage are well packed and I think a lot more predictable.

The trails at Tam are wicked fun. Lots of burms, obstacles and jumps, jumps and more jumps. If you are looking for some "airtime" you will find it at Tam. However, the trails are loose and soft in the turns. They have also become pretty rutted up from hard braking and simply because they are soft in many areas. This may pose a challenge for newer/less skilled riders, kind of like me. I would not be worried about bringing my son, who is 11, to ride Super G. In fact, we will be there this Friday. He does not have a lot of time on a Mountain Bike, but he is fairly competent and confident. This past Sunday there were people on full-ridged bikes and full on DH rigs. Moms with little kids, old guys like me etc… The trails are as technical as you want to make them. The only thing you need to be prepared for is the dust. Tam is exceptionally dusty due to the loose trails.

Have fun…
 
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