NORTH POWDER, OREGON__The Anthony Lakes Ski Area will open this Friday, December 3, at 9 a.m. The ski area received lots of new snow over the weekend and is expecting a big storm today. It has a 28″ base, with powder over packed powder. The ski area is located 19 miles west of North Powder, high in the peaks of the Elkhorn Range of the Blue Mountains in northeast Oregon. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday through Sunday; open daily during Christmas and Spring Breaks, closed Christmas Day. Go to www.anthonylakes.com for additional information.
Ski area manager Rick Pignone says the snow quality is good and anticipation is high for a successful season. “Our crew and volunteers have been busy preparing the resort for the season and we are pumped!” said Pignone. “The skiing is going to be awesome!” Pignone reports there is a lot of extra enthusiasm throughout northeast Oregon, in light of the public ownership. “People who skied here while growing up are coming back and continuing their family tradition of skiing at Anthony Lakes.”
In addition to the alpine lifts and Day Lodge opening for alpine skiers and boarders, the Nordic ski center is also ready for business with 9 km of groomed Nordic lanes. Snow cat tours for skiing the backside of the mountain will be available when snow conditions allow.
As an enticement for returning to the mountain, daily lift ticket prices have been reduced this year, with adult tickets costing just $35 this season, down from $39 last season. The website has the full pricing list. And, the popular “Half-price Thursdays” are back. Pre-formed groups of 15 or more skiers can arrange in advance for additional savings. For ticket and group information contact Trish Brinton, Operations Manager, 541.856.3277 x 16, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.anthonylakes.com.
Boasting the highest base level in Oregon (7,100 feet), Anthony Lakes is famous for dry powder snow, exceptional scenery and a family-friendly atmosphere. On October 1, 2010, citizens became the new owners of the Anthony Lakes Ski Area, when the previous owners of the resort gifted the operation to Baker County. Baker County formed the Baker County Development Corporation (a 501(c)(3) non-profit) that oversees operation of the resort. To reach the ski area take exit 285 off Interstate 84, at North Powder, between Baker City and La Grande. Anthony Lakes operates under a special-use permit from the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest and is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.
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Janet E. Dodson
Anthony Lakes Ski Area
Sunnyslope Marketing, LLC
PO Box 187
North Powder, Oregon 97867