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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Let the festivities begin.

What a week on Mount Hood.

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The doctor is in.

Long before Timothy Mineo became a foot and ankle doctor, he was a skier. He started skiing at the age of three, competed at the University of Colorado, got into summer freeskiing on the glaciers of British Columbia in the early days of terrain parks, and ski-bummed his way from Copper Mountain to Lake Tahoe in between college and medical school. In fact, it was a pair of ski injuries, along with his experience working as a ski-boot-fitter in Tahoe, that convinced him to pursue medicine and to specialize in feet and ankles.

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Chill kids enjoying the night light. Photo courtesy of Michael Watts

Not everyone gets the opportunity to enjoy that sweet feeling of gravity taking you for a ride. Millions of people ski or snowboard regularly, so they know exactly what I'm talking about. But billions of people don't. Including thousands of people a short drive away from Mount Hood.

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Images from Mt. Hood Meadows

This just in from Mt. Hood Meadows:

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All eyes on the stage as The Sammy C Project makes its debut in Portland.

Sammy Carlson's opening-night screening of his first feature-length film The Sammy C Project drew a rowdy crowd of about 1,000 fans at the Roseland Theater in downtown Portland Friday night.

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Cadillacs for Everyone rocks the crowd at Pray for Snow 2015.

The snow situation was not looking good on the afternoon of the annual Pray for Snow party at Charlie's.

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