For the Best Powder Skiing, It’s Anthony Lakes

Located in Baker County on the Elkhorn Scenic Byway, Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort is a hidden gem for powder skiing enthusiasts in Oregon. It’s a short distance from I-84 near Baker City. The resort boasts the Rock Garden chairlift, which serves an extensive area of 1,100 acres with 21 diverse runs and over 900 vertical feet.

The unique dry climate of Eastern Oregon, combined with the high elevation of the Elkhorn Range, results in remarkably dry powder, sometimes necessitating watering near the lifts to maintain optimal conditions.

In addition to downhill skiing, Anthony Lakes offers over 30 km of Nordic trails for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, traversing the scenic Anthony Lakes Basin and Elkhorn Range. The Anthony Lakes Nordic Center is renowned, having been featured by National Geographic Traveler as one of the top Nordic ski areas in North America.

For adventurers seeking off-piste experiences, there’s a cat-ski operator and a comprehensive guide service available for back-country excursions within view of the lift-accessed areas.

Visitors can take advantage of savings on lift tickets by booking stay-and-ski packages with Baker County lodging partners. For more information, visit

Anthony Lakes operates under a special-use permit from the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest and is an equal-opportunity provider and employer.