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AJ Kitt competing in the Beaver Creek GS.

AJ Kitt is a familiar character around Mount Hood, a family guy with three young kids, a ski racing coach, a hard-working real estate pro who helps run his wife Amy's vacation rental business. Just a regular Oregon guy, who also happens to be one of the greatest American ski racers in history: winner at Val-d'Isère, silver medalist at the Hahnenkamm, a four-time Olympian.

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Yep, that would be Oregon rain. Photo by Casey Karlsen

Skiers and snowboarders in Oregon are pretty familiar with rain.

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Wilson Brown airborne. Photo by Grant Myrdal

If you are a regular at Mt. Hood Meadows, maybe you know Wilson Brown. With his super-long dreads and big-air launches, Wilson is a well-known character in the parks and at the Mazot. He’s one of those flexible-knee, low-fear dudes who likes to head out into remote areas on powder days, drop off cliffs and stomp the landing. The last thing he wants is to land on somebody.

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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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Sammy Carlson on Mt. Hood. Photo by Darcy Bacha

Sammy Carlson’s long-awaited film collaboration with Teton Gravity Research will make its world debut Friday, November 20 at the Roseland Theatre in downtown Portland.

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