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Bill Johnson with Cascade Ski Club member Peggy Stone on Mount Hood. Photo courtesy of the Mt. Hood Museum

Bill Johnson, the great and fearless ski racer who grew up shredding Mount Hood and went on to win the first-ever U.S. gold medal in the Olympic downhill, died yesterday at the age of 55 after years of struggling with post-concussion syndrome from traumatic brain injury.

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Useful advice from an ODOT sign on Mount Hood..

If you are waiting for design improvements to solve the traffic problems on Mount Hood, don't hold your breath.

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An 86-inch snow base as of Jan. 12. Pow pics by Grant Myrdal

UPDATE, 5 PM WED: Whoah! The temp dropped 10 degrees from noon to 5 pm on the mountain today. That bodes well for the latest monster storm.

What a difference a year makes.

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One mile in two hours.

If you are a Mount Hood regular, you are probably painfully familiar with the nine-mile drive from Mt. Hood Meadows to Government Camp, and the fact that this short trip can take three hours or more when holiday traffic is at its worst.

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Building 4 was destroyed, but nobody was injured.

The new owners of the Resort at the Mountain have a big challenge on their hands after an early-morning fire December 30 destroyed a two-story building and displaced 40 guests at the height of the winter season on Mount Hood.

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Diane Cachron makes first tracks down Private Reserve Wednesday. Photos by Grant Myrdal

Powder shredders rejoice: The steepest and deepest of terrain on Mount Hood is now open for exploration, with ridiculous amounts of snowfall piling up over the past month.

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Kelsey and Randy Hewitt. Photo courtesy of Garrett Shields

Update: there will be a memorial for Kelsey Hewitt Saturday, and her ashes will be spread on the mountain Sunday. See below for details from the family. Sad news from Jackson Hole this week, as the young woman who died in a tree-well skiing accident on Tuesday has been identified as Mount Hood-raised skier Kelsey Hewitt, the 25-year-old daughter of long-time Grant/Cleveland racing coach Randy Hewitt and his wife Elise.

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Expect an announcement on the re-opening of Shooting Star soon.

At 6 pm on Saturday, December 12, the entire ski area of Mt. Hood Meadows lost power. Chairlifts stopped, trail lights flicked off and everything turned dark and quiet. Within moments the mountain was decorated like a Christmas tree with hundreds of cell phone flashlights.

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Pent-up demand for fresh snow on Mount Hood.

Two tough snow years in a row on Mount Hood gave way to an epic pre-Christmas snowstorm last week, sending skiers and snowboarders racing up to enjoy the powder, with their wallets at the ready.

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Josh Larkin shredding the Upper Bowl in April of 2013.

Skibowl will open for skiing and snowboarding this week after picking up an extremely welcome 21 inches of fresh snow over 48 hours.

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