Marmot-ridge

This rider made the most of last Friday's disappointing amount of fresh snow up on Marmot Ridge.

It has been a rough year for powder hounds, and folks are getting desperate. So when the forecast called for fresh snow last Friday, the parking lot at Mt. Hood Meadows filled up early, and the line for first chair started stretching out a half hour before opening.

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vista-ridge

Another powerful inversion, with sweet light on Vista Ridge.

A foot of fresh, heavy snow fell on the upper mountain Monday, and hundreds of people were forced to call in sick Tuesday.

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Pack shades and sunblock and beach umbrellas, because June-uary is back..

60 degrees at Timberline Lodge in January? Really?

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mount-hood

More than two feet of snow brought excellent conditions on the slopes, and treacherous conditions on the roads.

It has been a week of dream turns and transportation nightmares since a powerful winter storm blanketed Mount Hood with more than two feet of snow between Christmas and New Year's Eve.

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upside-down-snowboarder

Mount Hood is just way more fun with snow on it.

Update, Dec. 29: What a difference a week can make! Meadows, Timberline and Skibowl are all open for day and night riding, with one to two feet of fresh, creamy snow to enjoy depending on elevation.

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Every preseason storm brings us closer to days like this. Photo by Grant Myrdal.

A major winter storm hit the Cascades November 13-14 and dumped a foot of snow at 6,000 feet on Mount Hood in 24 hours.

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inversion-mt-hood

Between June-uary inversions and May blizzards, Mount Hood weather in 2013-14 was WEIRD.

KGW Meteorologist Rod Hill, who has been making forecasts in Portland since 1999, looked out at a packed crowd of weather buffs gathered for the 2014-15 winter forecast and grinned: "My main message to you this morning is simply going to be: We don't know!"

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