Tamarack Resort ski director Jon Reveal dies at 77 in Idaho

Jon Reveal, the former president of Tamarack Resort who helped revitalize the struggling ski area, died suddenly last week, resort officials said. He was 77 years old.

Reveal took over the Donnelly resort in 2018 when it was purchased by a newly formed partnership, Tamarack Resort Holdings. He helped guide the ski area, which had remained half-completed for a decade, as it resumed construction on its base village area, reinstalled the taken-over ski lifts and began planning a massive expansion.

“Jon was a friend to everyone who crossed his path,” Tamarack officials said in a press release. “The joy and passion he had for skiing and mountain recreation was contagious.”

In 2020, Reveal stepped down as chairman. He became Tamarack’s director of skiing, and the resort named its ski school after him later that year.

Reveal grew up in the ski mountains in California, according to his online biography Tamarack. He also spent time training in France, where he met filmmaker Warren Miller. Reveal has appeared in 15 of Miller’s ski films.

Prior to joining Tamarack, Reveal worked in the management of several other ski resorts including Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Aspen Skiing Company and the Yellowstone Club. Reveal enjoyed mountain biking, hiking and rock climbing in addition to skiing. In 1983, he summitted Mount Everest on an expedition without Sherpa guides or oxygen supplies.

The details of Reveal’s death were not immediately clear. Tamarack officials only said he “passed away suddenly” at the station on February 24. Plans for a memorial will be made public at a later date, but the resort honored Reveal on Saturday by ringing the ski school bell three times, holding out for a moment. of silence and triggering a salute of six explosive charges at the top of the mountain.

Reveal’s wife, Kim Waltrip, requested that donations be made for the ski school’s scholarship program in lieu of flowers. He is survived by two sons, a stepson and four grandchildren.

This story was originally published February 28, 2022 5:33 p.m.

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Nicole Blanchard is the outdoor journalist for the Idaho Statesman. She grew up in Idaho, graduated from Idaho State University and Northwestern University, and hits the trails around Boise as much as she can.
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