Commisioners of Baker County, Oregon, voted unanimously on Wednesday to assume control of easten Oregon’s Ski Anthony Lakes, a ski resort located west of Baker City.
The ski area’s owners, who had managed the resort the last 12 seasons, recently offered to transfer the ski area’s assets to the county as the group was losing about $45,000 each year for the past few seasons. County commissioners voted 3-0 in favor of accepting control of the resort.
Baker County officials will now decide over the next few months whether to operate the resort themselves this season, or to create a non-profit group to operate the ski area. One possibility includes using lodging tax revenues to cancel out a one year operating loss while formulating a business plan that potentially includes more effective marketing plans, using local employees for maintenance and leasing out the on-mountain eateries.
Ski Anthony Lakes has operated in Wallowa-Whitman National Forest since the 1930′s. The resort features highest base elevation in the state, with a triple chair and poma lift providing access to 300 acres of ski terrain that features 900 feet of vertical.