Mike Heffernan shredding Mount Hood. Photo by Randy Boverman.

This is a story about a ski buddy of mine who has Parkinson’s, and about a motorcycle trip he recently took that meant a lot to him. It’s a story about what it’s like to get Parkinson’s when you are young, what that disease takes away, and how people adapt and keep moving, sometimes in surprising ways. It is also a story about the importance of community.

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Timberline has invested more than a million in improving food at the Wy'East Lodge.

Timberline has invested more than $2 million in snow grooming and food options in preparation for the winter of 2015-16.

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Skier: Asit Rathod. Photo: Randy Boverman

Hard-core climber and backcountry rider Jarod Cogswell is offering Shred Hood readers a $50 discount on his FIT Academy's new dryland training program for skiers and snowboarders.

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Gus Kenworthy soaring at Skibowl. Photo montage by Steve Garretson

It was big news when freeskiing Olympian Gus Kenworthy became the first World Champion action sport athlete to come out as gay. Or was it?

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The East Fork of Hood River

Activists with the environmental group Bark, who call themselves the “defenders of Mount Hood,” are challenging a 3,000-acre timber sale planned for the north side of the mountain.

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Ingrid Backstrom doing her thing.

Super-skier Ingrid Backstrom will appear at the Chasing Shadows Warren Miller film in downtown Portland Friday night.

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Robot-shot from the sky. Photo from Cape Productions

Mt. Hood Meadows and Timberline announced last week that they will be among the first ski areas in the nation to offer commercial drone video services to skiers and snowboarders. How much change will this bring to Mount Hood? What are the benefits? What are the risks? Who likes the idea? Who doesn't?

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Cape Productions is first to market with drone services at ski areas. Photo from Cape Productions

A fast-growing company that shoots and sells aerial drone footage of skiers and snowboarders has landed exclusive contracts with Mt. Hood Meadows and Timberline for 2015-16.

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Matthew Drake, President of Mt. Hood Meadows.

Mt. Hood Meadows President Matthew Drake and his allies have been trying for years to complete an ambitious land deal that would protect more than 700 acres around Cooper Spur and make Meadows a major property owner in the nearby Mt. Hood town of Government Camp.

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We are so due. Photo by Grant Myrdal

Recent history teaches us that only a fool would forecast Mount Hood winter weather in October. So I am going to resist the temptation to predict a huge snow year for 2015-16, El Nino or no. But one thing I can predict with full confidence is that many, many good times will be had on Mount Hood this winter.

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