Anthony Lakes: Not Open for Business

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Updated: Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017 8:20 PM
Posted: Sunday, Nov 19, 2017 10:33 PM
Avalanche Red Flags
Tesmond Hurd*
R, J
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Well, for all you lame inbound skiers, NO...Anthony Lakes is not open, and it won't be open anytime soon. There's been a lot of stoke floating around town, so I got out to check out the situation. Before even getting to the top, there was 4 vehicles that passed me on the way down. Interestingly enough, 3 of these were Subarus. Just before getting to the lodge, I saw two snowmobilers ripping up the untouched powder on Floodwater Flats. I was jealous... There was a few people sledding on the hill as I investigated the auberge. I took my cousin and my best friend, we'll call them J and R, with me. They got their obligatory Insta photos and had some cold beverages.

The fun didn't end there; there was a few people out on their horses at the lake. Snow totaled about 20 cm (8") in the localized region. AL still needs another, at least, 24" before you can think about skiing. The only positive thing was the road had been plowed so the AL ilk could get to work in the pre-season; including the guy that was staying in the trailer. There wasn't any new snow as of recently, but the total snow depth is started to make a difference. You could probably skin up to the top of Rock Garden, or Angell Basin, but coming down would not be a pleasurable experience.

We finished the day at the infamous Haines Steakhouse where the Barley Brown's IPA and prime rib ran aplenty. It actually ended up being a 8 hour day as R and I went to Indian Rock to play in the snow with my pickup. Good times!

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The Snow
New Snow
0 cm
Total Snow
20 cm
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Snow Depths
Location #1: VPL — 20 cm (map)
The Weather
Broken (5/8 - 7/8)
No Precipitation
Southwest at 1-16 mph
The one and only Anthony Lake[s]
About 1/3 up the road
Van Patten Lake parking
Schuss & Rock Garden
The beer area; oh wait, there's no beer
AL campground
Gunsight, Angell Peak, Lee's Peek (The Lakes Lookout)
Sledders at Grande Ronde Lake

Chair lift
Bear Butte Fire = $5.2 million spent by the state