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250 kids raced in the 2016 Cooper Spur Duel Slalom.

What do you get when several hundred of the most hard-core ski families on Mount Hood descend on a quaint little throwback of a resort with limited indoor plumbing?

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Three Rivers League riders enjoy the scene at the first slopestyle comp of 2016. Photo by Casey Karlsen

Head Judge Frost: “DAVE.”

Me: “DAVE?”

Head judge Frost: “DAVE.”

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Izzy Hoffman of Lakeridge High has won her first two league races in slalom and GS. Photo by Mike Juliana.

The high school season racing is out of the starting gates and ripping into 2016 with hundreds of high-energy competitors and all sorts of crazy Mount Hood weather.

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Jesse Scroggins rips it down Stadium for a Schnee Vogeli club race in December.

With a 56-inch snow base at 4,000 feet as of early January, Mt. Hood’s premiere ski racing runs are back in action after two years of frustration and improvisation for the racing community.

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Lindsey Vonn with Jackie Wiles

Jacqueline Wiles soared through the ranks of ski racing from the Mount Hood Mitey Mites to the Sochi Olympics, but when the U.S. Ski Teams were announced last month in Colorado, she didn't make the cut for the fully funded A team.

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High School Snowboarding on Mount Hood is all about good times. OISA President Ben Beavon with Sandy High Riders.

When a parent asked Ben Beavon whether Washington kids are allowed to compete in high school snowboarding comps on Mt. Hood, he couldn’t think of a reason why they shouldn’t. So he brought the notion to the volunteers who run OISA, and it was a quick vote.

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Members of the Swiss Women's racing contingent, 1939, Mt. Hood. Yep, that is a cig in her mouth. Photo from the Digital Public Library.

For a while now, I've been hearing bits and pieces about how the National Ski Championships were held on Mount Hood in 1939, but I've never really been able to picture it in my mind.

Who competed? Where did the races take place?

And where exactly was the downhill?

Those are just a few of the questions I've been wondering about.

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Christi and Ben McKinley with their hard-earned ceramic mug and other goodies from Pole Pedal Paddle 2015.

Editor's Note: The 39th Annual Pole Pedal Paddle Classic in Bend brought out the usual mix of top-tier athletes, young upstarts and just-for-the-fun-of-it participants of all ages, shapes and sizes. Mount Hood Alpine racing dad, ski mountaineer and free ride coach Ben McKinley competed for the 12th time with his wife Christi. Here is our conversation about what originally drew them to PPP — and what keeps them coming back.

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Racing coach Richard Tichy, Meegan Bombadil and her teammate James Wainwright make the most of brutal conditions on Mount Hood. Photo by Melina Jacklet

Hard-core racers braved some brutal conditions on the West Mile Saturday to add another PACRAT race to a fun but challenging season on Mount Hood.

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She did it with power, energy and her usual brilliant skiing.

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