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Tommy E's enthusiasm is contagious.

Tommy Ellingson spent the last year doing what he loves to do, building sick jumps and shredding Mount Hood in beast mode, top to bottom and all parts in between. That was the fun part. The hard part is figuring out what to keep and what to cut.

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Bode Miller won gold, silver and bronze in Vancouver in 2010. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Lindsey Vonn will not be competing in the season-opening World Cup race this weekend in Soelden, Austria, but Bode Miller will return to the gates.

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PACRAT racers Farzin Ghezel and Colleen Heffernan Walter go head-to-head on the Magic Mile.

Racers of all ability levels aged 18 and over will be eligible to compete in PACRAT recreational races on Mount Hood starting in January 2014.

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Brian Stanford is putting the finishing touches on the latest features for Timberline's freestyle terrain parks.

When it comes to new rails to ride in Timberline's freestyle parks, Brian Stanford's preference is to build them himself. "It's way cheaper," he says. "Plus when you do it yourself you can build it any way you want.”

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Natalie Hall of the Mount Hood Race Team spent a lot of post race time on the podium in 2012-13.

Mount Hood's Mitey Mite racing teams are gearing up for a big 2013-14 season with four races at Mt. Hood Meadows, two at SkiBowl and one at Cooper Spur. As you can see from the slideshow below, these kids can rip it, and they train all over Mount Hood.

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Hood-trained Nick Goepper is eying gold in 2014 as slopestyle skiing makes its Olympic debut.

Hood-trained Nick Goepper is eying gold in 2014 as slopestyle skiing makes its Olympic debut.

I first met Nick Goepper in 2011 when I was researching a business story about Windells Camp for my previous job. Nice kid, I thought. From Indiana? Really? Do they have mountains in Indiana? And then I saw him ski.

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Editor's note: This article was updated on October 16 to reflect Lindsey Vonn's recent announcement that she could return to World Cup racing as early as October 26.

You've probably heard a lot about Lindsey Vonn lately. Some of what you heard might even have to do with her being one of the greatest ski racers in history. Unfortunately not so much. Most of the hype has centered around her romance with a very good golfer, which earned her the dubious honor of making the front page of the National Enquirer. Not surprisingly, the Enquirer didn't even touch on her real story.

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