Skiing in the West

Our favorite places to go skiing, from Tahoe to Telluride--plus some secret tips to take with you to the slopes

Ski without the scene in Oregon

In Baker City, there are feet of fresh powder, a village-free vibe, and seriously retro prices

Anthony Lakes Ski Area chairlift
Photo by John Clark

Lift ticket: $35

Yes, that’s the adult rate. Any day. Even over MLK weekend, President’s Day, and whatever other peak time other resorts like to hike up their rates. The only catch? There’s only one lift. A good ol’ triple bench seat. But! There’s rarely a line. It takes 7 minutes to zip to the 8,000-foot summit and drops you at the cross-valley views toward the craggy mountains of Eagle Cap Wilderness, with 21 runs to choose from. It’s easy to get into a rhythm of blues and blacks and a couple greens. If you want to mix it up, go nordic ($13). A few hundred yards from the base are 30 blissful kilometers of groomed cross-country trails that wrap around Anthony Lake and Lily Pad Lake.

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