Seems like everybody who can afford it is heading to Japan this year, and Red Bull can definitely afford it.

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Darcy Bacha's photo of Sammy Carlson was a finalist for Powder's photo of the year. Courtesy of Darcy Bacha.

Seems like anytime you open an issue of Freeskier, Snowboarder, or Powder Magazine there's an amazing photo or two or three inside from Mount Hood's ever-growing crew of top-notch photographers.

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How many urban riders does it take to screw in a light bulb?

This minute-and-a-half Shred Bots edit of Craig McMorris at his finest serves as solid proof that he is as creative and skilled as any rider out there.

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Tanner Hall ventured deep into the BC backcountry for this tasty and terrifying 8-minute edit from GoPro. At one point he admits, "I really thought I was going to die."

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Adaptive backcountry skier Vasu Sojitra makes some sweet turns in this short film from Columbia Sportswear, but what really amazes is his climbing.

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In case you're wondering why they call Karl Fostvedt "Crazy Karl," this two-and-a-half minute edit from ON3P Skis ought to clarify things for you.

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Cody Townsend preparing for another crazy-fast run.

Cody Townsend's death-defying skiing parts in MSP Film's "Days of My Youth" have to be seen to be believed.

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If you were busy doing other things and missed the Burton Peace Park shred edit with Danny Davis and friends, here is your chance to watch it at your convenience.

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Good times with friends, in a beautiful place.

Okay, so it has definitely been a slow start to winter, between too-dry October and too-wet November. But you know it will come around, right? Here are some choice pics from the #shredhood Instagallery to get you back in that mountain state of mind. Follow the "next" buttons to click through. Oh yeah, and feel free to join the part by tagging your mountain grams #shredhood!

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A young snowboarder got very lucky the other day at Mt. Hood Meadows, as an alert liftie and an organized rescue team responded quickly to save his butt from potentially serious injury.

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