Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort typically cranks it up the first weekend in December (Or Thanksgiving weekend if Mother Nature cooperates) and stays open into April (see calendar) and boasts the best powder in Oregon, with an average annual snowfall of 300 inches, and first tracks of the week come with half price lift tickets every Thursday.
The Rock Garden chair lift serves 1,100 acres of lift-accessed terrain with twenty one runs and over 900 vertical feet. The dry climate in eastern Oregon, coupled with the 9,000-foot peaks of the Elkhorn Range result in a powder so dry the Anthony Lakes crew has to occasionally water it down around the lifts.
Located in Baker County along the Elkhorn Scenic Byway, this little-known mountain riders’ hideaway is located just 19 miles west of I-84 between Baker City and La Grande Oregon.
If you like to take in the scenic views at a slower pace, you can cross-country ski or snowshoe on more than 30 km of groomed trails through the Anthony Lakes Basin and Elkhorn Range of the Blue Mountains. The world class Anthony Lakes Nordic Center was featured as one of the Top 5 Nordic Ski Areas in North America by National Geographic Traveler.
Want a little something different? A Cat-ski operator and full guide service leads adventure seekers into the backcountry bowls and chutes within sight of lift-accessed groomers.
Daily lift tickets for adults are $40. And you can save even more when you book any stay and ski package with nearby Baker County Lodging partners. For more information on passes and lift ticket prices visit www.anthonylakes.com.
Anthony Lakes operates under a special-use permit from the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest and is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer