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Whether you like to admit it or not, one of your biggest expenses as a skier or a snowboarder is probably the gas you burn getting up to the mountain. Given that, the next best thing to a huge powder storm in November might be a steep drop in gas prices, and that is what we are seeing in Oregon this fall.

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The Mt. Hood Passport is for local businesses and the mountain regulars who support them.

Familiar with the McMenamins Passport that gets you all sorts of deals on food, drinks, movies and shows?

Local snow sports clubs are working on a similar passport concept, to connect Mount Hood regulars with restaurants, shops and other businesses on and around the mountain.

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Workers are putting the finishing touches on the new evo store in Portland.

After months of renovations and bureaucratic wrangling, the Seattle-based action sports gear and fashion apparel retailer evo is opening its Portland store today at 200 SE MLK Jr. Blvd.

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Exit Real World's Portland shop is open for business selling skateboards, shoes and apparel - but not snowboards.

Exit Real World is the latest Oregon store to stop selling snowboards as low-priced competition on the Internet and in chain stores continues to take its toll on independent shred shops.

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Shawn Hokkanen of ON3P Skis crafts an edge at the company's Portland factory.

What's new with ON3P Skis in Portland? Plenty.

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Jordan Sunshine, general manager of the new evo Portland store, near what will eventually be the store entrance.

I got the opportunity to check out the big old building that will become the new evo store in Portland's Central Eastside yesterday, and I was struck by two things: how much has been done so far, and how much work remains to be done.

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Mountainology co-owner Austin Headrick and his crew migrated from Virginia to Oregon for the extra-long Mount Hood season.

Mountainology, the newest ski and snowboard shop on Mount Hood, is trying to establish itself as the best deal on the mountain for rentals and board tuning.

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Mike Zutz carves out some new Deviation boards.

Oregon-based start-up Deviation Skis and Snowboards has landed its first in-store opportunity at the Next Adventure shop in Portland.

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evo has done well in Seattle, and globally.

The Seattle-based action sports gear and fashion apparel retailer evo has big plans for Portland.

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Deviation works with artists such as Michael Barrington Palmer, who designed these top sheets.

EDITOR'S NOTE: WHOOPS! Probably shouldn't have reported this news before the lease was signed. Turns out the deal fell through after Deviation and the landlord failed to agree to terms. We will keep this story live as originally published, though, since the background info is still valuable, and it is probably just a matter of time before Deviation finds the right spot in Portland that fits their needs as they grow.

The rising ski and snowboard builder Deviation is all set to move into an industrial space on Hayden Island in Portland to capitalize on a resurgence in specialized gear made in the USA.

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