UPDATE AS OF 12/27/2020: While our Lodge remains closed (except for restroom use), we will have the following amenities available headed into the holiday break:
- The Ticket Booth open for tickets, season passes, SnoPark permits, RV/Camping payments, and yurt check-ins.
- Ski School will be open and operating out of the Ticket Booth. Please call ahead or email to make lesson arrangements. (541) 856-3277 x33 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Rental Shop is open! You are encouraged to purchase ahead via our Online Store.
- The Nordic Center remains closed. Trail Passes can be purchased at the ticket booth or online. There are no cross country or snowshoe rentals available at this time, but please continue to check back!
- We will have our ski up Retail window open.
- Food & Beverage: There will be limited food and beverage service available through the Ski Up Starbottle window, 11am to 2pm.
- We are scheduled to operate daily through January 3rd!
DECEMBER 27th – A letter from General Manager, Peter Johnson:
Anthony Lakes Passholders and Guests,
First off, I wanted to send out a huge thank you to all of our locals and visitors alike. Operations this season have been far different than any year prior, but the overall feel up here has been nothing but positive. We very much appreciate everyone’s willingness to adapt to and abide by the additional restrictions and requirements (i.e.: face coverings) we have had to put in place.
While operations have been different, the skiing has continued to be same as it ever was. We have had a fantastic start to the season with more snow on the way this weekend. Even the one rain day we had was a blast. Just a little wet. Now that we have a few operating weeks under our belts, I wanted to send out another quick update on what operations are looking like for the next few weeks as we start to add back in additional amenities:
Nordic and Guard Station Rental:
Unfortunately, due to the size and footprint of the Anthony Lake Guard Station that typically serves as the Nordic Center in the winter, we cannot safely operate as we have over years past with people passing in and out of the small, confined space and only one entrance. As a result, this year we are going to get a little creative. As some of you have noticed, we have started plowing the Elkhorn Crest Trailhead parking lot. Starting January 7th, we will have in place a temporary Nordic Center, which will provide both snowshoe and Nordic ski rentals, day passes, sno-park permits, Nordic lessons, coffee, and a few other miscellaneous items for sale.
The temporary Nordic Center will be set up much like our day lodge operations where sales will be conducted outside through a window. Although this is less than ideal, we will continue to do what we can to navigate this everchanging environment with the primary goal of keeping our staff and our customers safe.
Making lemonade out of lemons, we are happy to announce that new this year will be the option of overnight rental of the Anthony Lake Guard Station. Much like the summer-time rental as well as our yurts, we will be deep cleaning and disinfecting between each guest stay. The Guard Station sleeps up to eight comfortably, and has power, a gas fireplace, a full kitchen, water, a bathroom and shower. For a full description and photos, please watch for information on our website in the coming days. This is a historic building so yes, it is rustic, but it is also very comfortable and could not be more convenient to get to while skiing at Anthony Lakes. The Anthony Guard Station will open for reservations for the season on January 1st at 9am for reservations beginning January 13th.
So, if you missed out on Yurt reservations or do not have the luxury of a comfortable RV, make your reservations for the Anthony Guard Station this coming Friday, January 1st at 9am. We will also be offering catered dinners and drinks for those that feel like taking a night off from cooking.
Doing what we can to keep our staff and customers safe, we have made a couple of adjustments to our food and beverage operations. Treyce, Jean, Ericka, and Hannah have been enduring the outdoor elements to offer up some Anthony Lakes favorites. Country Natural beef burgers, Hill’s Meats sausage, and Barley Browns beer are just a few of the locally-sourced items we are selling out of the Starbottle window. Starbottle and BBQ in front of the day lodge will be available 11-4 every operating day with socially distanced outdoor seating.
Creston’s Yurt up on top will also be operating every weekend throughout the remainder of the season. Victoria and Byron will be BBQing from 11-3 every Saturday and Sunday. Outdoor socially distanced seating will also be available so please feel free to stop by, grab a burger and a beverage and take in the views.
As some of you have seen, we opened a window for our outdoor retail shop next to the Starbottle. You can pick up all your favorite Anthony Lakes logo gear, helmets, goggles, stickers, and other miscellaneous retail items. Retail will be open every operating day and if you don’t see anyone at the retail window, just let Treyce, Jean, Ericka, or Hannah know next door and they will get you taken care of.
Rentals and Lessons
Both rentals and lessons are available. We encourage you to jump online and pre-purchase your rentals and contact Cindy for lessons. Reserve your rentals here. For lessons, please email email@example.com or call 541-856-3277 x 33. Planning ahead will help us judge capacity as well as staffing requirements. Walk-ups will be accepted, but we are asking for your help with our planning and availability by pre-purchasing online.
Now that we are a few weeks into this new and everchanging season, the capacity levels we have set are working and working well. I know a lot of you have experienced a bit longer wait in the lift line, but please continue to work with our “arrive together, ride together” system to ensure public health and safety. Until the restrictions of the pandemic lift, we will be loading singles as singles and doubles as doubles. We will not be forcing anyone to ride with someone they did not arrive with or are not comfortable riding with. So, think groups of three when you decide to head up to the hill. It will only help.
You will also be seeing a sign at the bottom of the hill that will either read Anthony Lakes Parking Lot “Open” or Anthony Lakes Parking Lot “At Capacity”. We are not closing the parking lot or the road. This is just designed to give you a little heads up of what it is going to look like when you get up here, if you decide to continue on up.
As you know, we are limiting the number of day tickets we sell each day as this is the only way we can control capacity. Thus far, we have only sold out on a few days so you will most likely be able to purchase a ticket the day of, but we do highly recommend purchasing ahead of time to secure a ticket. Day tickets will go on sale tomorrow, December 28th, for the month of January.
I wanted to get something out not just as an update of our operations but mostly as a thank you to our locals and visitors. We very much appreciate the respect and appreciation you all have shown over the past few weeks while we do our best to navigate providing our services in a creative manner until we get through this.
Things will get back to normal, just probably not this season. So, in the meantime, we might as well have some fun with it, get a lot of skiing in, and make the most of the current circumstances. After all, I wouldn’t be sending this out if we didn’t have snow.
So, until things do get back to normal, let’s just remember this could be worse. We could be stuck in the middle of a pandemic and not have snow. Instead, we have really good snow, we have really good cheeseburgers, we have really good local beer.
We all look forward to seeing you up here soon.
Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort