Skibowl got a grant through the Forest Service to install new support posts and perform masonry work on the Historic Waming Hut.

Skibowl is heading into the winter season with new lockers, stronger Wi-Fi, an improved computer system for rentals, a new conveyor lift for beginners, and some much needed upgrades to the Historic Mid-Mountain Warming Hut. Now all they need is snow — preferably lots of it.

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Timberline's parks are a huge draw for Fusion Pass holders.

Mt. Hood Fusion Pass holders will get free days at 11 resorts throughout the west in addition to unlimited slope time at Timberline and Skibowl in 2014-15, as the Powder Alliance adds British Columbia's Silver Star Mountain to its offerings.

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When the conditions are this good there is no reason to drive five hours. But they aren't always this good.

Season pass holders for Mt. Hood Meadows will get five free days at Mt. Baker in 2014-15 as part of a new partnership between two classic Pacific Northwest resorts.

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The Human Hamster Wheel, or Aqua Roller if you prefer, is one of the more original features at Skibowl in summer.

Human hamster wheels? Got 'em.

Tarzan swing? Check.

Mini race cars? Yep.

Rickety tree bridges? Check.

Batting cages? Smack.

Bungee Trampolines? Oh yeah.

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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 26th summer season officially opened Saturday, June 14 and will run seven days a week through Labor Day.

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Image courtesy of Mt. Hood Meadows.

Mt. Hood Meadows will offer 3.5 kilometers of cross country skiing around the resort's base area for three days in June as the snow base holds firm going into summer.

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The halfpipe on the Magic Mile, with Timberline Lodge and Mount Jefferson in the background.

The 2014 spring season at Timberline ended on Memorial Day, May 26, but lifts will keep spinning on Mount Hood through the summer and up to Labor Day.

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Pond skim parties and other mountain events do mix alcohol and shredding. Is that an inherently dangerous combo?

Does Mt. Hood Skibowl promote an “alcohol-fueled” culture of drunken risk-taking?

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Thousands of skiers and snowboarders kicked off spring break on Mount Hood with bikini weather, pond skim shenanigans and sweet snow from the Outback to Palmer to Clark Canyon.

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Matthew Drake: "It takes time, persistence and patience."

Ask Mt. Hood Meadows CEO Matthew Drake about his vision for the future, and he chooses his words very carefully.

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