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

Starbottle Saloon
Photo by John Clark

Burger and a beer: $12

If you’re looking for an après-ski scene, Anthony Lakes is most certainly not the place. Out here, it’s all about beers and burgers and not much else—besides the rustic Starbottle Saloon ($), on the ski lodge’s lower level. A massive stone fireplace and pints of Tumble Off Pale Ale warm you up after a day on the slopes. Some local will definitely tell you that the sign hanging over the mantel came from Clint Eastwood’s Paint Your Wagon, partially filmed at Anthony Lakes. Act surprised. Don’t expect an eager, fresh-faced waitstaff. Just order your $4-something beer or, even better, a pitcher for less than $12. And don’t forget the nachos.

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