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Jay Pollock skied more than 60,000 feet of vertical in six hours for Ski to Defeat ALS 2014. How many feet could he rack up in six months?

After years of organizing single-day vertical challenge fundraisers to fight cancer, Hope on the Slopes is now launching a full-season contest to track your turns anywhere you ski or snowboard.

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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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Shred Hood Editor Ben Jacklet with Far West Ski Association President Linda Scott. Shred Hood won the Bill Berry Award for news coverage. Photo by Emilio Trampuz.

Mount Hood locals Emilio Trampuz, Christopher Van Tilburg, Lee Perry and Shred Hood took home some significant awards this June in recognition of their contributions to the culture of skiing and snowboarding in writing, advocacy, environmental stewardship, historical preservation and service.

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Olympic slopestyle champions Joss Christensen and Sage Kotsenburg got the freestyle camp sessions rolling this week for Windells and High Cascade on Mount Hood.

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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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If you plan on driving up to Mount Hood on US 26 this summer or any of the next three summers, you should probably know a few key details about the $25 million Mt. Hood Safety Project starting June 23, 2014 and running through the fall of 2016.

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Spencer Schubert gets his summer shred on at High Cascade on Mount Hood. Photo by Greg Furey via High Cascade Snowboard Camp.

More than 1,000 campers and some of the top snowboarders in the world will be rolling through Mount Hood this summer as High Cascade Snowboard Camp celebrates its 25th year of summer shredding.

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Let's hope for plenty of days like this one on Mount Hood in 2014-15. The skier is Geoff Mihalko.

A little more than a year ago, I was reporting on health care for the Portland Business Journal and I interviewed Rocky King, the executive director of Cover Oregon. Rocky was a lively, upbeat guy with a large task before him: to build a new website to make health insurance transparent in Oregon.

Prior to the interview, I mentioned that I would be leaving my reporting job soon to start Shred Hood, a niche website covering skiing and snowboarding on Mount Hood. Rocky wasn't a skier or a snowboarder, but he still said "cool" when I described the plan.

I turned the recorder on and asked the director about Cover Oregon. He said it was a big job and a serious responsibility because he was in charge of building a niche website covering skiing and snowboarding on Mount Hood.

We had a good laugh at Rocky's little joke and got on with the interview. But in retrospect I have to say that the joke is on Rocky. He spent $248 million in taxpayer money to build something that basically doesn't work. We spent a few thousand bucks of our own money to build something that does work.

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Tony Carleton on Mount Hood in 1953, when he set up what may have been the nation's first summer ski school.

Each summer on Mount Hood, some of the hottest racers, snowboarders and free skiers in the world congregate at Timberline to take advantage of the longest snow season in North America. Ted Ligety, Kelly Clark, Sage Kotsenburg and Nick Goepper are all Mount Hood summer regulars, along with many others. So how did all this start? And who started it?

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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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