Eastern Oregon’s hidden gem with dry snow and great Cat skiing
Powder Skiing in Eastern Oregon
When most folks think about skiing in Oregon some of the first resorts that come to mind might be Mount Hood’s glacial Timberline Lodge, the heavily frequented Mt. Hood Meadows or the often sunny Mount Bachelor. Proximity to big cities and consistent snowfall earn these ski areas their due attention and high visitor numbers, but to the East, far away from the hustle and bustle of the cities lies a little known Oregon ski area with a lot to offer.
Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort is a year round recreation area 21 miles from the small town of North Powder, Oregon and 35 miles from Baker City.
Located in the Elkhorn Range of the Blue Mountains, Antony Lakes is one of only two ski areas in Eastern Oregon and serves as a powder mecca for many surrounding towns in the region. With offerings such as: downhill skiing and snowboarding, cat-skiing, nordic skiing, and snowshoeing. Although only have one chairlift, the downhill ski area has a wide variety of terrain for all skill levels including groomed trails, and great off-piste zones as well as a small terrain park.
Tickets are affordable here and the base lodge has full amenities.
Throw back prices here with tons of value for the money. Lift ticket cost: Adult $45, Child $30. All lift tickets must be purchased online in advance. The resort has season pass reciprocation with Bluewood in Washington and Eaglecrest in Alaska.
A 21 mile haul from the closest town of “North Powder” and while the road is paved, it’s often snow covered and is very curvy. Chains or AWD is recommended to visit this ski area. Best lodging can be found in Baker City, about 35 miles away.
The ski area has a sizable base lodge with bar/restaurant, gear rental, souvenir shop and ski school. A summit yurt also offers snacks and drinks. Maintained cross-country trails are nearby and backcountry overnight yurts are for rent.
Anthony Lakes benefits from an average of 250″ of snowfall annually. The snow consistency in Eastern Oregon is much drier and lighter than Western Oregon and makes for great powder skiing.
The base elevation is 7,100ft and the lift rises 900 vertical feet for a summit of 8,000ft. The ski area has one slow speed triple chair, one handle tow and a magic carpet servicing 21 runs over 1,000 acres.
A normal season here starts in December when natural snowfall allows (usually before Christmas) and continues on a schedule of Thur-Sun (plus holidays) through early April.
Day lodge with restaurant/bar, rental & repair facilities, gift shop, ski school, summit warming yurt, overnight yurts for rent, plus historic building for rent. The ski area also allows overnight RV.
Unlike its Cascade counterparts, Anthony Lakes benefits from light and dry snow making for effortless boarding on powder days. Photo by Snow Life LLC
Anthony Lakes lone chairlift is a slow speed triple called Rock Garden and lifts skiers and riders to the summit above black diamond terrain of the same name. Photo by Snow Life LLC
Anthony Lakes base lodge is a cozy and rustic spot to warm up and has hot food, drinks and merch. Photo by Snow Life LLC
Anthony Lakes has a warming yurt at the summit that offers snacks and drinks, and 2 backcountry yurts for overnight rental. Photo by Snow Life LLC
Ski and snowboard lessons are offered here, plus a full service rental shop is on site for gear lease. Photo by Snow Life LLC
Technically listed in “North Powder,” the ski area is in actuality about a 30 minute haul from the actual town. Sitting 21 miles up a winding and snowy two lane country road. Photo by Snow Life LLC
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Location and Hours
Listed below is the address and normal Winter operating schedule for Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort.
47500 Anthony Lakes Hwy, North Powder, OR. 97867
Winter Schedule: Late December – Early April
Winter Hours: Thursdays – Sundays 9am-4pm