Feet and hooves treaded the steep peaks along the Columbian Plateau long before Anthony Lakes ever brought skis to the natural powder. Oregon Trail wagon trains and the railroad system braved the mountains' jagged spires, giving rise to buildings, towns, and, eventually, a community of winter enthusiasts. Families of Telemark skiers gradually made headway into the area and attracted fellow adventurers to what was then the North Powder Lakes. During the Great Depression, the Oregon Civilian Conservation Corps built the historical Nordic Center Lodge, which is now surrounded by 29 kilometers of groomed lanes and 11 kilometers of single-track and snowshoe trails. The construction of a rough road, a day lodge, and chairlift fueled the resort's snow-based fire in the postwar boom, and modern-day additions such as a new mountain road and triple chair attract athletes from far and wide. As detailed in a feature on OutdoorsNW.com, the ski area became county property in 2010 so that it could remain in the hands of the locals whose families helped develop it.
Today, skiers might opt for a quick lesson before hitting the slopes or they can refuel with a warm cinnamon roll or bowl of housemade chili in the lodge. Near the Nordic-area campground, overnight guests can rest their bones inside a 20-foot yurt that sleeps up to eight people at a time or a 16-foot yurt that sleeps up to five?each with prime views of Gunsight Peak. Here, campers pile split firewood into a wood stove and recall the days when pioneers had to slow-roast their TV dinners over an open flame.
Mattress Depot USA unites a team of bedding experts to help customers end restless nights with a mattress that meets their individual sleep specifications. The sleep store's plenitude of private-label and national brands include Sealy, Restonic, and Lady Americana. Memory-foam mattresses, like sociable elephants, never forget a human form, cradling silhouettes in a firm, spongy embrace. Customers have up to 120 days to evaluate their mattress for its comfort capacity, and can consult with one of the shop's sleep consultants prior to purchase, reducing the likelihood of an imperfect fit.
People spend a large percentage of their lives sleeping, and Mister Mattress hopes to make this time as comfortable as possible. The staff believes that the right mattress depends largely on the individual, so they operate on an appointment-only basis. That way, the staff can take time to personally help people find the best sleeping surface, which might mean an adjustable bed, gel mattress, or giant bag of cotton balls.
Trophy bass are nothing unusual to the licensed fishing guides at Mountain River Outfitters. Armed with more than 15 years of experience, they lead trips through local waters—including the Salmon and Snake Rivers—in search of prize catches such as bass, salmon, steelhead, and sturgeon. Mountain River Outfitters also has expert guides that lead whitewater-rafting trips, horseback rides, and camping and hiking trips in local canyons and mountains.
Becky's Fabrics & Bernina simplifies the sewing process, teaching visitors how to craft clothes and accessories using Swiss-made Bernina sewing software and machines. The shop also supplies all the necessary fabrics, needles, and patterns to cook up a new dress or piece together a sentimental quilt made from your favorite old yogurt lids. Those looking to brush up their skills can turn to Becky's expansive schedule of classes, which includes everything from adding pleats and ruffles with a Bernina machine to stitching together a patchwork scarf.