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Cascade Ski Club members get affordable lodging and meals in Govy. The club transforms into a boarding Mecca during the summer months.

If you love Mount Hood in winter and are looking for a like-minded community to join, you have options ranging from hard-core racing to super-active social groups, not to mention the longest-running all-volunteer ski patrol in the American West.

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The Mt. Hood Summit Hut. Photo from Forest Service archives.

Did you know that there used to be a fire lookout on the summit of Mount Hood?

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This Digital Public Library image from the 1930s shows that Mount Hood did indeed have a summit hut in the pioneer days of outdoor recreation.

Not long after the first pioneers found their way to the Cascade Range, they started dreaming up ways to climb - and ski - Mount Hood. It's a rich tradition of ingenuity that continues to this day. This timeline should give you an appreciation for the rich history associated with Oregon's tallest mountain.

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Got someone on your gift list who likes to read and loves Mount Hood?

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There is plenty of good terrain out of bounds between Palmer and Govy.

Sidecountry skiing has become increasingly popular in recent years.  Just see how criss-crossed the terrain is just west of the Timberline Ski Area and slightly out of bounds.  As compared to true back-country skiing, where you venture into the wilderness, sidecountry skiing is done just off to the side of a ski area but within reach of the lifts.  In fact, the uphill transportation is usually provided by lifts, followed by some traversing or even a bit of additional climbing, and then skiing or riding in ungroomed and out-of-bounds areas, but with the ultimate goal of returning to the lifts or to other signs of civilization, such as when skiing down to Government Camp.

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All the news that's fit to shred is in the Shred Hood E-Mag.

Here are all the links to our 100-plus published e-magazines, chock full of news from Mount Hood and the wider world of skiing, snowboarding and mountain adventures/misadventures.

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Jarod Cogswell arcs a turn in perfect conditions. Photo by Richard Hallman.

We’re all feeling the stoke as winter approaches, daydreaming of steep lines, huge carving turns, powder days and blue bird skies. It’s only October and our tribe of brothers and sisters are texting photos of early season snowfall and vigilantly focusing on weather forecasts.

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Lindsey Vonn recovered from two serious knee injuries in 2013 to become the most successful female racer in World Cup history.

It is always hard to watch videos of great athletes suffering injuries that could end their careers.

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Take care of those knees, people! The pictured skier is Geoff Mihalko, enjoying Mt. Hood Meadows' Private Reserve.

Nothing beats that first run on a perfect powder day, with fresh snow underfoot and blue skies overhead. If you are a skier or snowboarder, this is the adrenalin-pumping moment you live for. And if you want to enjoy it properly, you need to be healthy.

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Coach Izi Jerman, Robin Cressy, and a team of Mt. Hood Summer Ski Campers enjoying the mountain in the summer of 2000. Photo by Brian Robb, courtesy of Mt. Hood Summer Ski Camps

If you're looking to take your skiing or snowboarding to the next level this summer, Mount Hood has 19 - wait, make that 20 - options worth considering. I just got an email from former Olympian AJ Kitt, so I'd better add in his new Speed Camp starting up this summer. Scroll down to number 20 for details.

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