The slopes at Anthony Lakes Ski Area are snow-free, which is precisely how one bunch prefers it.
But then slippery snow only gets in the way when you’re firing arrows at 3-D targets.
More than 400 archers are expected to gather this weekend at the resort in the Elkhorn Mountains for the annual Eastern Oregon Super Shoot Saturday and Sunday.
Competitors will vie for $3,000 in money dots in a unique setting, with shooters riding the chairlift to the top of the mountain and then working their way down through a course with 80 targets.
“It’s just going to be a good time,” said Bob Reedy of the Elkhorn Archers in Baker City, the club that puts on the summer event with the Grande Ronde Bowmen of La Grande.
Jake Hatley, president of the Grande Ronde Bowmen, agrees with Reedy.
Hatley, whose goal for this year’s shoot is 500 competitors, said he meets archers at events across the state and region who tell him they never miss the Super Shoot.
“A lot of people look forward to this,” Hatley said. “Something about a chairlift and a shoot, I guess.”
Many entrants also bring their families to enjoy camping and the cool air at Anthony Lakes, elevation 7,100 feet, Hatley said.
The Starbottle Saloon will be serving wood-fired pizza, burgers and other items during the Super Shoot. Reedy said the ski area’s summer food service, which started last year, has helped lure archers to the event.