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Mount Hood legend Fred Noble with his daughter Julie Noble Bakkala.

Fred Noble was a Mount Hood legend. He starred in Warren Miller films, shredded powder with some of the best skiers on the planet, and introduced thousands of people to the thrill of heli-skiing.

Fred died last May from ALS, just after being honored at Ski to Defeat ALS and at the premiere of a documentary about his life, The Noble Spirit. Now that he is gone, Fred’s daughter Julie is determined to continue his legacy. But she is finding that the laid-back world that her father thrived in is hard to find in the heli-ski industry these days.

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Dan Kneip in front of his new cabin in Welches.

Dan Kneip put aside $50,000 for a mountain cabin years ago — before going through cancer hell and back.

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Fred Noble being honored with the Noble Spirit Award April 12. Photo by Randy Boverman.

The mountain community suffered a great loss on Thursday when skier, philanthropist and Mount Hood legend Fred Noble died on May 1, 2014 after a long battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

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Lee Perry co-wrote the book on amputee skiing in 1965.

As amazing as the Paralympic Games have become, it is hard to believe that not so long ago winter sports were simply not an option for people with disabilities. Opening the slopes to all people took work, and a lot of that work was done on Mount Hood, by an enterprising ski instructor named Lee Perry.

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Steve Eversmeyer at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

26-year Mt. Hood Ski Patrol veteran Steve Eversmeyer and his wife Annie have traveled to Sochi, Russia to work the alpine racing events of the 2014 Paralympic Games.

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The Reverend John Wilberding, Mount Hood's King Winter 2014, pictured here with Suzy Chaffee.

John Wilberding served as a volunteer ski patroller on Mount Hood for 38 years, but he may be best known as The Rev.

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Zeb and Ian Yaklich at their new office space on Hawthorne Ave.

When it comes to Mount Hood, skiing, snowboarding and the web, Zeb Yaklich is an idea machine. Every time we get together, I walk away with a notebook full of story ideas and contacts. So I was happy to see Zeb, his brother Ian and their company Off the Wall Media expanding into a sweet new space on Hawthorne Boulevard in Portland.

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Grant Myrdal at work on Mount Hood

Now that the snow is finally piling up on Mount Hood, Grant Myrdal is back doing his thing, riding the first lift up, scouting out the prime powder, setting up his gear, and shooting action photos of all of us. It’s quite a gig for anyone, but a surfer from South Africa who grew up with no snow? How did that happen?

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Dan Kneip recovered from 16 surgeries to return to Mount Hood. Photo by Zeb Yaklich.

Anyone who has regularly frequented Mt. Hood Meadows over the past several years knows the Skull & Crossbones flag which flies in the main parking lot. What many don’t know is the amazing story of Dan Kneip, the mountain pirate behind that flag.

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