Robot-shot from the sky. Photo from Cape Productions

Mt. Hood Meadows and Timberline announced last week that they will be among the first ski areas in the nation to offer commercial drone video services to skiers and snowboarders. How much change will this bring to Mount Hood? What are the benefits? What are the risks? Who likes the idea? Who doesn't?

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The deal would preserve 770 acres on the northeast side of Mount Hood.

Senator Ron Wyden has introduced a bill to force the Forest Service into action on the long-delayed Mt. Hood Land Exchange.

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Meadows hopes to build on its success as a winter resort with year-round services.

Mt. Hood Meadows Chief Operating Officer Jake Bolland has announced an organizational restructuring to focus on year-round recreational and hospitality experiences that includes new vice president positions for Steve Warila, Jeremy Riss and Matt Troskey.

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Meadows hopes to bring a bit of that Mount Hood Magic to its new space in the Pearl.

Mt. Hood Meadows has announced plans to open a new clothing and accessories shop in Portland’s upscale Pearl District.

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Wildflowers and waterfalls abound on Mount Hood in summer. Photo courtesy of Mt. Hood Meadows

After years of lagging behind Skibowl and Timberline in summer activities due to Forest Service restrictions, Mt. Hood Meadows is moving decisively into year-round attractions with its biggest lineup yet of August events and concerts, plus a promising foray into summer camps.

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Skibowl's half-mile Alpine Slide is a big summer attraction, and one of many. Photo courtesy of Skibowl.

Mt. Hood Skibowl's 27th summer season will rev up with mountain biking, zip lines, Frisbee golf and more, seven days a week starting June 12.

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Oregon ski resort operators worried about legal expenses and insurance costs are backing a bill that would reauthorize the liability releases recently rejected as "unconscionable" by the state Supreme Court, while adding avalanches, tree wells and terrain parks to the list of risks inherent to skiing and snowboarding.

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Ski to Defeat ALS organizers remain optimistic. Photo by Randy Boverman

The big Ski to Defeat ALS vertical challenge and fund-raiser is still on for April 11 at Meadows, but the annual pond skim scheduled for April 25 has been canceled due to "changing conditions." And Meadows announced on Friday, April 10 that its final weekend of operations will be April 17-19.

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The collision happened near the Rental Shop at the base of Lower Bowl. Photo from March 2014

A 25-year-old snowboarder who was run over by an out-of-control snowboarder at the base of Skibowl in the spring of 2013 is suing the snowboarder and Mt. Hood Skibowl for $125,000, saying that the resort was responsible for over-serving the man and allowing him onto the lift and the hill even though he was dangerously wasted.

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Mt. Hood Meadows has shut down for the week to prepare for Spring Break with a new terrain park, and Timberline is restricting its lower-mountain access to its terrain parks, with snow levels unusually low for mid-March.

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