Carolina Maienza of Lincoln High races her way to first place in the slalom. Photo by Mike Juliana

High school racers from all over Oregon descended on Mt. Hood Meadows last week for a lively two days of racing, socializing and cheering on their teammates in warm, spring-like weather.

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Sarah Tucker of Lake Oswego races to eighth place in the 25th and final Cato Memorial on Mount Hood.

The 25th Christine Cato Memorial Ski Race at Timberline on Saturday was as lively as always, with the usual goofy costumes, high-speed wipe-outs and good-natured cheers. But the event also conveyed a bittersweet feeling, because it marked the last running of one of the most popular high school ski races in the country.

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Glencoe High School racers display a widely-held feeling in this 2005 photograph.

This coming January, for the 25th year in a row, hundreds of high school skiers and their families will gather on Mount Hood to dress up in whacky costumes, ski fast, cheer each other on, feast on turkey and roast beef, and have fun on the mountain. It will be the final running of the Christine Cato Memorial Race, and a lot of people are going to miss it once it is over.

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Jack Botti of Sunset took first in the combined. Photo courtesy of Mike Juliana.

High school racers were treated to a sunny day of racing on Friday, March 7 to end a challenging year on a good note, as the Jesuit girls and the West Linn boys defended their state championships with strong performances in GS and slalom.

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Trevor Maxwell of West Linn will be tough to beat.

Oregon's top high school racers will compete for state championships in slalom and giant slalom Thursday, March 6 and Friday, March 7 at Mt. Hood Meadows.

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Dylan Tuor of West Linn High won the JV GS on Shooting Star Ridge last weekend. Photo by Mike Juliana

High school racers have been making the most of a whacky weather year on Mount Hood.

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Ellie Schmidt of Central Catholic took second in slalom Saturday. Photo courtesy of

Skiers and snowboarders from West Linn, Hood River Valley and Lincoln racked up victories in a wild weekend of high school racing and freestyle action on Mount Hood.

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Know a high school-aged skier looking for a fun winter sport where you get to go as fast as you can? Ski racing is worth considering, as this video from Mount Hood coach and videographer Robin Cressy attests.

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Emily Sarich of Parkrose won under the lights at Meadows Saturday night. Photo by Mike Juliana.

Three Rivers league racers shredded gates under the lights at Meadows Saturday night, and West Linn's boys and girls teams both emerged victorious.

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Andis Solomon of Jesuit won the Metro League GS Saturday. Photo by

High school racers from three different leagues got to shred gates on Shooting Star Ridge and Gemini over the weekend, and Hood River Valley and Jesuit are looking like the teams to beat.

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