NORTH POWDER - Ski Anthony Lakes' Annual Winter Beach Party will kickoff the big Super Bowl Weekend Saturday, Feb. 4.

The Winter Beach Party is a celebration on snow - with a beachfront atmosphere where attendees will find palm trees, hula hoops, leis and pink flamingos mixed together at an elevation of 7,100 feet.

This year the special event will feature live music from the Hell Hounds from La Grande, a hula-hoop contest, the Les Schwab Tubes Luge race along with a waterbed race, plus an outside bonfire and barbecue.

The live music performance and all contests are free.

Also, all guests dressed in beachwear will receive a $5 discount on their lift tickets.

Les Schwab representatives will be present handing out free goodies to everyone.

The live music performance will take place in the Starbottle Saloon, on the floor of the main lodge, from 3:30-6:30 p.m. There will be food and drink specials in the Starbottle Saloon as well.

On Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 5, you will receive a $10 lift ticket if you dress in football gear or attire and an on-snow touch football game is scheduled for 1 p.m. in the meadow between the Handletow lift and the day lodge.

Everyone is invited to participate in the touch football game and a football field will be created on the snow complete with goal posts and yard markers.

Last year was the Second Anthony Lakes Bowl On-Snow and a good time was had by all.

The Anthony Lakes Bowl is quickly becoming a tradition, with enthusiasm coming from many of the local people. It is sure to be another great time at the resort.

The Starbottle Saloon will have food and drink specials as well, so be sure to come up and play at Ski Anthony Lakes before you sit down to watch the big game.

For additional information, call (541) 856-3277 ext. 12.

As of January 1, Paul's Bus Service introduced a lower price tag for a ride to the ski area.-

The price was decreased in hopes of attracting more people to ride the bus to and from the ski area.

"We are very happy that Paul's Bus Service is lowering their prices in order to get more people up to the ski area. It is a great way to conserve gas and also gives individuals an option from driving themselves," said Jerry Krieg, marketing director at Ski Anthony Lakes. -

Prior to Jan. 1, the price was $8 for a round-trip ride from La Grande to Ski Anthony Lakes, a distance of approximately 88 miles.

Paul's will now give the same route for $5 round-trip and $3 for a one-way ride.

The bus service picks up in the Safeway parking lot in La Grande, leaving at 7:30 a.m. and returning around 5:30-5:45 p.m.-

Paul's Bus Service will also make a pickup in North Powder, but riders must call 963-6384 for the bus to make the stop.-

Community Connection in Baker City also has a bus run, picking up passengers at the Geiser Grand Hotel at 7:30 a.m. at a cost of $8 round trip.

The bus will also stop in Haines, but anyone wanting to board there must contact Community Connection at 523-6591 to schedule the pickup.

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