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Dexter Hill says he will match Internet prices at Hillcrest Ski & Sports in Gresham.

Editor's Note: This story was updated on October 15, to reflect the closing of the Ski Chalet in Beaverton and Bob's Ski and Snowboard Shop in East Portland.

Dexter Hill grew up working on Mount Hood, back when lift tickets were $3.50 and Meadows did not yet exist. He opened a ski shop in 1976, and he's been rolling with the changes since.

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Mount Hood's glaciers are shrinking.

Freeriding legend Jeremy Jones can shred it with the best of them. A top snowboard racer in his youth, he switched from salted ice to big mountain riding for films such as "Further" to rip the steepest and deepest powder he could find. All that time in deep snow got him to wondering how much of it will be around in the future.

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Collin Backowski's Instagram photos document a life lived with energy and humor. He died at age 25 on Mount Hood.

A veteran climber training for a 22,000-foot summit, a well-conditioned military officer and a radical snowboarder with a zest for life: these were the three most recent victims of fatal accidents on Mount Hood.

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A Fusion Pass gets you Timberline's parks, Skibowl's steeps and access to 10 other Western resorts. Boarder: Rick Millett

The Mt. Hood Fusion pass comes with an added bonus this year: access to 10 Western resorts including Crested Butte, Steven's Pass and Schweitzer.

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If the deal goes through, Meadows will a significant property owner in Govy.

If the deal goes through, Meadows will a significant property owner in Govy.

Mt. Hood Meadows is inching nearer to a huge land deal with the Forest Service that will make the biggest ski resort on Mount Hood a major property owner in Government Camp. If the slow-moving deal goes through, Meadows will own about 120 acres of land in and around Govy. So where exactly is this property?

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Meadows is rolling out a long list of improvements for the 2013-14 season

Meadows is rolling out a long list of improvements for the 2013-14 season

Mt. Hood Meadows has purchased three new grooming machines, installed a new fiber optic line to improve Wi-Fi, and redesigned the Paradise Sun Deck to enable outdoor seating in winter weather. Oh yeah, and they've also done away with $89 Peak Day Pricing.

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Slow down there, partner!

Slow down there, partner!

If you're like me, you love your Ski Tracks app. Okay, so it may lack accuracy. Did you really hit 62.1 miles per hour on that cruiser? Really?? Whether you did or didn't, it's hard not to check out your Ski Tracks app as you're riding back up for another run. Maximum speed, distance, vertical, pitch, maps, photos, tunes - it's all in there. Plus it costs all of 99 cents. Who would want to compete with that?  Funny you should ask...

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A three-year rock-blasting project to widen Highway 26 may commit a few Silent Rock infractions, but it should also make the trip back to Portland safer.

A three-year rock-blasting project to widen Highway 26 may commit a few Silent Rock infractions, but it should also make the trip back to Portland safer.

Work is scheduled to begin in April 2014 on a rock-blasting project that will widen Highway 26, extend westbound passing lanes and build a 2.3-mile concrete median just west of Skibowl.

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Riders and employees can now take public transit all the way to Timberline Lodge.

Editor's Note: The information in this article has been updated in a follow-up story about the renamed and expanded Mt. Hood Express running from Sandy to Mount Hood seven days a week.

The Mt. Hood Express bus line has expanded its service to Skibowl and Timberline with buses running seven days a week, seven times a day during the winter season, December 1-March 31.

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Nothing worse than rolling home from a fine day on the mountain and running into a bumper-to-bumper mess of tailights backed up on solid ice from Timberline Road to Welches. Traffic, parking and safety are real problems on Mount Hood. So what can be done about them?

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