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Ski Anthony Lakes

An Anthony Lakes skier cuts a turn and casts a long shadow at the bottom of Variety. - PHIL BULLOCK-The Observer
An Anthony Lakes skier cuts a turn and casts a long shadow at the bottom of Variety. - PHIL BULLOCK-The Observer
Sun Valley, Clint Eastwood and an Eastern Oregon man of diverse talents — all three play key roles in the trails at Ski Anthony Lakes.

The names reveal links to Idaho’s Sun Valley Ski Resort, to when the movie “Paint Your Wagon” starring Clint Eastwood was filmed at Anthony Lakes and to the talents of the late Ben Francy, who grew up in Union County.

Following is a look at the stories behind the names of some of the runs and trails now open at Ski Anthony Lakes.


• Broadway — The trail’s past dates back to the early 1960s when a crew led by Dr. Carl Kostil, a Baker City physician, widened a route through timber to create a narrow run for skiers, said Mike Gooderham of La Grande, a member of the Anthony Lakes Ski Patrol. The run was named Kostil’s Trail. Later the run was widened significantly and renamed Broadway because it then resembled a run at Sun Valley with the same name.

• Starbottle Headwall — This run’s name reflects Ski Anthony Lakes’ link to the silver screen. The western “Paint Your Wagon” was filmed in Northeast Oregon in the late 1960s. Much of the filming was done in the Eagle Creek area. However, a portion was shot at the Anthony Lakes ski area where a building named the Starbottle Saloon was built. It was assembled from wood taken from an old log cabin in the Eagle Creek area. The Starbottle Saloon building remained standing for several years after the filming of “Paint Your Wagon,” said Gooderham, an original member of the Anthony Lakes Ski Patrol, which began operating in 1963. Today the Starbottle Saloon sign is displayed at the Ski Anthony Lakes lodge.

• Chicken Out — The run was so named because some thought that its steepest slope was so intimidating it would cause some skiers to bypass it.

• Claude’s Run — The route honors Claude Anson of La Grande, a longtime member of the Anthony Lakes Ski Patrol who died June 23, 2008, at age 97. Anson, an original member of the patrol, skied until his late 80s, Gooderham said.

The trail was originally named Lew’s Run in honor of Lew Work of Boise. Work played a key role in creating the trail in the 1960s. The run’s name was changed after it was significantly expanded.

• Grouse — The name dates back several decades to a morning when Gooderham was testing this run to make sure it was OK for the public to use that day. Gooderham skied over a blue grouse. The bird, unharmed,” exploded’’ from under the snow and flew into a nearby tree.

• K-2 — This Ski Anthony Lakes run was named because of a distant similarity to the KT-22 run at Squaw Valley in the North Lake Tahoe area. KT-22 was  named because skiers going down it need to make 22 kick turns. K-2 at Ski Anthony Lakes requires most skiers to make to two kick turns, hence the name K-2.

• Upper College and Lower College — Both runs were named because they resemble runs of the same names at Sun Valley.

• Vista Drive - The run was so named because of the spectacular vistas it offers skiers.

• Schuss Alley — The run’s name is connected to its close proximity to Ski Anthony Lakes Lodge. Someone said while the run was being made that “it is just a schuss into the lodge,’’ and the name stuck, Gooderham said. Schuss is a European expression that means a straight downhill run.

• Avalanche — The run is in an area once outside the zone where the Anthony Lakes Ski Patrol checked for safety from avalanches. Signs warning skiers of avalanche hazards were posted there, Gooderham said.

Anthony Lakes has since expanded its ski area boundary to include this run. It is checked daily by the ski patrol to certify that it is safe from avalanche hazards.

• Bert’s Run — The name honors Bert Vanderwall of Haines. Vanderwall operated the first ski school and rental shop at Anthony Lakes after it opened in the 1960s,  Gooderham said. Vanderwall’s wife, Betty, served meals at a warming hut in the ski area’s early days, and his father, Roy, ran a ski lift there.

• Rock Garden — This descriptive name refers to the exposed rock that can be seen when the snow is gone.

• Holiday — A similar run with the same name is at Sun Valley.

• Variety — It also is named after a Sun Valley run.

 • Hip Hop —  The run has narrow S turns that virtually require skiers to make a hip and a hop.


• Upper Francy Loop: The loop’s name honors the late Ben Francy, a U.S. Forest Service archeologist who graduated from Union High School and EOU. Francy also was a nordic and alpine ski instructor, an artist and a musician. He came up with the ideas for many of the nordic trails now in place at Ski Anthony Lakes. Francy died in an automobile accident in the early 1990s. He lived in Bend at the time.

• Lower Francy Loop — Its name also honors the memory of Ben Francy.

• College and College Extension — Each trail is named because Eastern Oregon University once conducted cross country ski races in the areas where the trails are, said Dick Knowles, director of Ski Anthony Lakes’ Nordic Center.

• Lily Pad Trail — It is so named because it goes past Lily Pad Lake.

• Gunsight Trail — Skiers taking this route go past Gunsight Mountain.

• Elkhorn Byway Trail — The route’s name reflects that Ski Anthony Lakes is in the Elkhorns.



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