Photo by John Loseth

Last weekend, February 22-23, turned out to be a well-rewarded weekend on the north side of Mt Hood.

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Here's a cautionary tale from 25 years ago.

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An NWAC volunteer testing snow.

Thinking of heading into the backcountry to enjoy some fresh pow? Better study that snow closely first.

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Long ago as a medical resident, I taught a backcountry winter survival course with Portland Mountain Rescue. We played a game I now call: “What’s in your pack?”

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Josh Larkin soars off an out-of-bounds jump. Photo by Tommy Ellingson

Tommy Ellingson sent out word via Facebook on January 17: "Jump spot for tomorrow! Let's blast!"

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Whether you prefer tele turns or skate-skiing, you have free-heel options on Mount Hood.

Cross country skiers will be hitting the trails all around Mount Hood this week to enjoy the fresh snow and winter temperatures.

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Asit Rathod enjoying Mount Hood. Photo by Luke Bradford.

Asit Rathod has shredded powder from Chamonix to Argentina, but the mountain peak he knows best is the 11,239-foot summit of Mount Hood.

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Juliette Oldfield won the women's open division in under 31 minutes.

Why in the world would you race uphill when you could ride the chair?

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Freezing levels are vital to understanding conditions on Mount Hood. The freezing level can vary widely on the mountain, turning powder into mashed potatoes or nice corn snow into solid ice. Complicated weather patterns control these shifts, but since I am no meteorologist I will stick to the top four basics as I understand them.

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