Anthony Lakes, located in eastern Oregon, offers skiing and riding on one chairlift with 1,100 acres of terrain. But hop on their snowcat, and the terrain and vertical balloons.
Cat skiing at Anthony Lakes climbs to 8,300 feet in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest where skiers and riders can float through 2,000 acres of glades, chutes, and bowls. Runs span 1,500 vertical feet.
Groups meet at 7:30 a.m. for a continental breakfast, orientation with the guides, and transceiver instruction. Snacks, lunch, and hot drinks are provided during the day as well as transceivers and shovels.
Full-day cat ski trips cost $199 per person. Those booking 11 seats with a pile of friends can get a 12th seat free. You can also make a last-minute reservation on a powder day if space is available on the cat, but eight people must be booked for a cat ski trip to go. Reservations are recommended at least seven days in advance.
Cat skiing doesn't require expert skills, but the ability to ski or ride in all weather and snow conditions, especially powder. Groups can complete up to 10 runs in a day, depending on the group's speed, ability, weather, and conditions. Cat skiing tours return around 4 p.m.
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