After suffering through several frustrating false starts this winter, Mount Hood’s 200-plus PACRAT racers will finally get to run some gates Sunday at Meadows.

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Lindsey Vonn won two World Cup races in one weekend in Italy to tie and then break the all-time record with 63 victories.

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Austin Keillor of Hood River raced his way to first in the Mt. Hood League GS, one week after winning the Cato Memorial. Photo by Mike Juliana.

Mitey Mite and high school alpine racers squeezed in their first official runs of the season last weekend, with two league races at Mt. Hood Meadows and a lively season opener at Summit for Kids Kandahar 2015.

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Allow 19-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin to demonstrate.

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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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It was painful watching Lindsey Vonn try to return early from a serious injury to make the Olympics last winter. She was skiing World Cup downhills with no anterior cruciate ligament, and things could have gone horribly wrong.

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PACRAT racer Mark Stanford runs giant slalom on Stadium at Mt. Hood Meadows.

Squeeze in your last-minute dryland training and dig out that red wax, because recreational racers will have seven opportunities to run gates on Mount Hood this winter.

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First slalom. Now GS. Don't be surprised to see Mikaela Shiffrin winning downhills in a few years. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Teenage slalom sensation Mikaela Shiffrin tied for first place in the season-opening World Cup giant slalom in Soelden, Austria, and the video of her second run clarifies that this win was far from a fluke.

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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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Charlie Sponsel took first in both the uphill and the downhill.

Racers powered through a grueling uphill and a ripping-fast downhill for the July 13 Mountain Man Challenge mountain bike race at Mt. Hood Skibowl.

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