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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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Eliot Glacier on the northeast slope of Mount Hood is the mountain's largest glacier by volume.

The inconvenient truth is that Mount Hood's glaciers are shrinking. Does something need to be done about this? What can be done?

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He-Man, aka Jason Murray, shredding powder. Photo by Grant Myrdal.

Jason Murray has been surfing since he was two years old and worked for years as the photo editor for Surfer Magazine. So he is more than slightly familiar with the sensation of gliding over water. But he had never skimmed across a freezing cold pond on a snowboard before Saturday, April 26.

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Tommy Ellingson flies high on a sweet late-April powder day.

The April snow just keeps dropping on Mount Hood, making for outstanding winter-like conditions and guaranteeing a solid base to last into May and beyond.

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Ski to Defeat ALS 2014 was a huge success.

I will never forget when I found out Fred Noble had ALS: It was a powder day at Mt. Hood Meadows, and I came to the season locker room to change goggles and put away my camera. Fred’s locker was nearby, and he was sitting on the bench. Fred sitting on a powder day was not something I had seen before…so I asked him what was wrong. He told me he couldn’t feel his feet…and doctors had told him they thought it was ALS.

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Dale Parshall won the vertical challenge with over 61,000 feet in six hours.

Skiers and snowboarders have raised more than $150,000 to defeat ALS this year, and donations are still coming in after a leg-burning vertical challenge Saturday, April 12 at Mt. Hood Meadows.

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Soren Jensen gets his stance down solid.

Soren Jensen started snowboarding when he was two and a half, and one of the best days of his life was spent exploring the Burton Riglet Park at Mt. Hood Meadows at age three. So when his mom Krista heard about a new initiative by Burton to bring snowboarding to schools, she put in an immediate request for her son's school, the Portland School of Experiential Education.

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Victor Burch enjoys the ride down Mount Hood, with support from Troops Triumph volunteers.

The third annual Troops Triumph day went off Sunday, April 13 at Timberline with perfect Mount Hood spring conditions and lots of smiles from the veterans who participated.

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"We Are Camp" CEO Kevin English

Kevin English has a complicated job ahead of him.

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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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