Called the ‘most loveable ski area in America’ by Life Magazine back in 1969, Anthony Lakes Mountain boasts 21 trails, many of which have several terrain features and plenty of powder for thrill-seeking snowboarders and skiers. Situated amid sculpted mountains, Anthony Lakes really does have a beautiful setting and is the venue for many race events.
The resort comes with ski/sports/rental shops as well as a Nordic Centre with certified instructors. Nearby Baker City and La Grande provide the bulk of the accommodation for the resort, featuring bed-and-breakfasts, inns, hotels and motels, as well as après-ski entertainment. If you want to stay closer still, North Powder is located to the east of Anthony Lakes.
The 21 trails at Anthony Lakes are divided into 20 per cent for beginners, 38 per cent for intermediates and 42 per cent for experts, and all are snowboarder-friendly. The longest piste is 2.5kms, and two lift systems feed all slopes and can carry up to 1,200 people per hour. Additionally, there are 40kms of groomed trackset cross-country trails featuring beginner to expert terrain.
Other winter activities and facilities at Anthony Lakes ski resort include snowshoeing, backcountry skiing, snowcat skiing and snowmobiling. Those who prefer a livelier après-ski with a choice of restaurants and bars should look for accommodation in either Baker City (to the south) or La Grand (to the north).
Anthony Lake’s ski season begins around mid-November and runs to mid-April; for the best snow conditions, aim to get here around February. In January, February and March, half-priced tickets are on offer on Thursdays. Flying to Portland or Seattle and hiring a car is the most practical travel option; while light aircraft can be chartered to nearby Baker City Municipal Airport, at a substantial cost. Shuttles are available for transfer to Anthony Lakes from there.