DONNELLY, Idaho — Plucky homeowners at Idaho's bankrupt Tamarack Resort have pulled off what at first seemed like a long shot. Monday the ski lifts started up again after a hiatus approaching nearly two years.

The Tamarack homeowners association is subleasing the mothballed ski lifts from the destination resort in the central Idaho mountains. The homeowners hope an operating resort will be more attractive to a new buyer than a dead resort.

On opening day, exuberant skiers and snowboarders like Matthew Castrigno were eager to wish the effort well.

Matthew Castrigno: "I remember the last day of skiing in 2009 with great melancholy. Today is a great day of joy because we get to ski. Who knows what the future holds, but we are going to make the best of today."

Lawyers for the bankrupt resort developer and his many creditors await a ruling from a federal bankruptcy judge. The judge could rule any day now on whether to liquidate the resort to pay its debts or give the developer more time to find a deep-pocketed buyer.

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