NW Cup Round 4 Set for Tamarack Bike Park

Jun 12, 2017 at 10:15
by Casey & Scott  

NW Cup 2017- A Decade of Downhill

The 2017 NW Cup will hit the season midpoint on June 16–18 at Tamarack Bike Park in Donnelly, Idaho. We took a quick visit to the park last week and as a result are even more stoked to race at our newest venue. Killer trails, what should be an epic last stretch to the finish line, and every category will be stoked with their track. All that and it's nestled in a stunningly beautiful spot.

Some Words from the Crew at Tamarack

"Tamarack Resort is located on the shores of Lake Cascade in Southwest Idaho. The mountain above is home to the Tamarack Bike Park. The bike park is serviced by the Tamarack Express chairlift which accesses 1,700 vertical feet of terrain. The bike park features everything from flowy beginner trails, rock and wooden features and rugged expert terrain. There are more than 20 miles of trail with all of them ending at the Tamarack base area. There, bikers can cool off with a food and a beverage on the outdoor patio of Seven Devils."

tamarack bike park

"When not on the trails, bikers will find plenty of things to do including lake activities, ziplines, white water rafting… all of which is just steps away from dozens of lodging options located next to the bike trails. "


More About the Bike Park

"Tamarack made an initial investment of $2M in its downhill and cross-country bike trails. Recently, the team of the Tamarack Bike Park has been working on improving and growing the existing trail network. Technical trails like Hibernator and Smokejumper have seen significant refurbishments. And, the smooth and flowy trail, Hockey Mom, reopened last summer for the first time since 2007. "

tamarack bike park

"New trails like Paperboy and Lower Lupine were created last summer for some lower mountain variety for beginner and intermediate riders."

"All this work hasn’t gone unnoticed. Riders in the Pacific Northwest voted Tamarack the number four bike park in the PNW in the mtbparks.com Annual Riders’ Choice Awards."

At the midpoint of the season, here are the points standings courtesy of Roots & Rain.

NW Cup 4 is not to be missed if there is any way you can swing it. Thanks as always to our amazing sponsors of the 2017 NW Cup!

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MENTIONS: @olympicdirtsociety / @foxracingshox / @TransitionBikeCompany / @shimano

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37 Comments

  • + 7
 Never ridden there, so can't speak for the trail system. I can however, say that if Scott and Casey are stoked on the race courses, as a racer, you will be stoked as well. Wishing I could make it out for this round. New venue means new courses. In an age of ever increasing costs, having race organizers and locales willing to expand this beloved sport is a testement to their dedication for growth of the sport and bringing in new racers. Prost!
  • + 6
 If you have a Silver Mountain Bike Park season pass, you get two free days at Tamarack too.
  • + 6
 Sick, Can't wait for some fresh track! See you all out there.
  • + 1
 will there be parking / pit area near the chairlift?
The map of the place doesn't look like there is.
Are we talking a downhill race here or another Silver mountain AM racecourse?
It's a long way to go for an AM race on a downhill bike.
  • + 5
 There will be parking near / pit setup very near the lift. I personally haven't been there due to snow this year but Casey went last week and said it will be a legit dh course especially cat 1. The 2 course shares much of the 1 course as well I guess. So sorry we couldn't get preride vids. They have literally been working their tails off getting ready. We will be there tomorrow night and I'll try to vid a run and slap it up. But remember, I suck!
  • + 1
 @olympicdirtsociety: it's like a ghost town up here!
  • + 1
 I kinda agree with reed1, having ridden there. That being said, really glad to see any sort of bike/trail advocacy going on. I'm pro bikes/trails/beers/good times. Whatever it takes to catalyze this place to improve trails, I'm all for... just don't sell out to the Texas fracking real estate a-holes.
  • + 2
 Seems like camping options are limited due to high traffic. Who knows a good spot close to the venue??
  • + 2
 There are a quite few pay sites down by the lake. They get filled fast, and often not by riders. It is Idaho though and lots of forest service land, which means lots of dispersed camping, most of which is North of Donnelly and McCall.
  • + 2
 Yeah, I'd be stoked for a course preview.
  • + 0
 If Tammy isn't among the better parts in the pnw what is, I'd love to know because when bike is in dirt it's always a good time. IDK, maybe I'm not a trail snob like some.
  • + 2
 i'd go but 11 hour drive Frown
  • + 1
 I rode there about 10yrs ago. It's fun, but I recall it being around 8,000ft or so in elevation. Don't forget to breathe!!
  • + 2
 Course Preview?
  • + 6
 I feel ya. They are putting some final touches on the lower part of the track so I don't think we'll get them done before go time. Casey went over and rode and came back psyched!! The lower bit they are doing is going to be rad zig zagging down the bottom through a halfpipe base. Totally raw! Sorry for the lack of vids, they've been up against the same snow situation as everyone else this year.
  • + 1
 Edit* double post
  • + 1
 Looks sick! Definitely not in SW Idaho though.
  • + 1
 Looking forward to checking out a new venue!
  • - 2
 Crazy I keep reading Tamarack is a top bike park. Not even close. I bet the new trail NW Cup is building will be the only legit piece of trail up there....
  • - 1
 Yeah man
  • - 1
 @kleina: its no tiger MTN!
  • + 3
 Shut up and ride
  • + 3
 Tamarack is one of the only mountains in the area that actually succeeds at catering to mountain bikers.
  • + 1
 @Lambert45: Not really.
  • + 2
 @bobbybottleservice: Have you even ridden the trails?
  • + 2
 @reed1, it's probably your bike.
  • + 1
 Honestly, I couldn't care less how many trails a bike park has as long as they build the trail well
  • + 5
 @reed1: If you are not a fan thats cool, but coming on PB and flaming the resort for putting on a DH race makes you look like an ass. Go ride Brundage then!
  • + 4
 @bobbybottleservice: he got some dust in his vagina the last time he went there....I dont think he's gotten it out yet....
  • + 1
 @PNWmorden: The trail NW cup is building is probably going to kick ass but the few trails up there aren't mind blowing. Smoke Jumper is fun. Let me know how you like Super G and Pura Vida on your DH bike.
  • + 2
 @wpugh21: Thats why its funny the got rated a "top 4"... Its fun on a trail bike because of how terrible the trails are build and how dusty it is. Good challenge.
  • + 0
 @Lambert45: Its an opinion don't get butt hurt. Anyone who rides tamarack knows its not a bike park. Its lame they claim to be so awesome and let people down when they travel to ride there. Brundage has a better DH track hands down.
  • + 1
 Now Tay Tay - you need to learn to support the local Mtn that is trying to get better. If you flame them and turn people away how will they get better?
  • + 0
 @reed1: No one is getting butt hurt hear bro, I figure you being an outspoken hater leaves more room for the ones who enjoy and appreciate the mountain.
  • + 2
 @meathooker: no flames just stating a fact. You know the trails...
  • + 2
 @Lambert45: not a hater just embarrassed they claim to be something so great. Trails are fine to ride. Just don't claim you are a top bike park and spent 2 million on "bike park" trails when in reality they paid IMBA 2 million to build xc style trails back in 2008.
  • + 3
 I'm gonna have to agree here. I tried to ride there last year and their trail guys sent me on trails with straight up downed bridges and zero markings. Place needs to get their shit together. I would way rather go ride "smaller" trails at Jug then deal with the BS of Tam.

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