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47500 Anthony Lake Highway
North Powder, OR 97867
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Overview by Nancy Prichard Bouchard

Few ski areas guarantee powder, but they aren't Anthony Lakes. Located in eastern Oregon, 19 miles west of the town of North Powder at the northern tip of the Blue Mountain's Elkhorn Ridge, Anthony Lakes is a small, "purists" playground. Sure, some slopes are groomed, but locals know that they can head to the chutes, steeps, and glades for powder pig heaven. Anthony Lakes has the highest base elevation in Oregon or Washington (7,100 feet), with snow that's as light and effervescent as fine champagne. Plan to hit the slopes on a Thursday, as the area is generally closed Monday through Wednesday. Lift tickets are half-priced on Thursday, and, with all the early-week snow piled up, you can count on making fresh tracks all day. It's hard to imagine a more remote, serene setting. To the south loom four magnificent granite peaks, Lees Peak (8,626 feet), The Lakes Look Out (8,522 feet), Angell Peak (8,646 feet), and Gunsight (8,342 feet). Stretched out to the north are the winding Grande Ronde River Valley and the endless basin and ranges of the John Day Wilderness.

Although the Lakes terrain is sufficient to please the Glen Plake in all of us (he's made the pilgrimage up the surrounding peaks to claim virgin chutes of chest-deep powder), it's a haven for beginners. The Wonder Carpet removes all potential lift anxiety. It gently whisks novices up about 100 feet of gently sloped terrain for a mellow slide back down. The next step is the Handletow that ascends a slightly challenging, longer section of mountain. A sentry of densely packed lodgepole pine guards the Handletow's slope from above, so there's no danger of speed racers swooping down to intimidate beginners.

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Average Snowfall
300 Inches
Skiable Acreage
Vertical Drop
900 feet
20% beginner, 38% intermediate, 42% expert
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Number of Lifts
Mid-December to mid-April
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Weather for Anthony Lakes

Current Conditions:
Fair, 104 F
Sat - Clear. High: 103 Low: 65
Sun - Mostly Sunny. High: 105 Low: 70
Mon - Cloudy. High: 92 Low: 62
Tue - Mostly Sunny. High: 94 Low: 64
Wed - Partly Cloudy. High: 92 Low: 60

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Last Updated: December 04 2014 05:22 PM

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