The first time I rode the chairlift at Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort, it was a bluebird day, and the views of the Elkhorn Mountains took my breath away. Everyone seemed to know each other, and from the lift operators to the ski patrol to the cafe staff made visitors feel welcome. The dry powdery runs were wide open, the 30-kilometer Nordic area was a stone’s throw from the parking lot, and the backcountry access was right there for the taking. The whole thing made my friends and me feel like we had our own private ski hill.
If you’ve ever felt like owning a piece of mountain paradise, you’re in luck; this year Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort continues its “Own the Mountain” program. On Mondays through March this winter, you can rent the entire resort for exclusive use for up to 50 people. The $4,000 fee includes five hours of operation on the Rock Garden chairlift, staffing and lunch.
Own the Mountain is a great option for family reunions or corporate retreats, says Chelsea McLagan, marketing director and assistant operating manager at the resort. “Anthony Lakes is a very down-home, friendly ski area. You don’t have to navigate the big resort bustle, and everyone is always smiling,” McLagan says. “Anthony Lakes also has the highest base elevation in Oregon, making for a great powder experience.”
Located in the foothills of the Elkhorn Mountains, Anthony Lakes has a base elevation of 7,100 feet and sees an average snowfall of 300 inches per year under sunny Eastern Oregon skies. Its 1,100 acres of alpine terrain includes 21 runs, the majority of which are intermediate to expert. In addition to great skiing and a friendly staff, the mountain has a unique feel that brings first time visitors and long-time locals back again and again.
Check out the Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort website for more information about hitting the slopes.