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Competitors whoop it up for the return of state to Mount Bachelor. Photo by Robin Cressy

Editor’s Note: Over 230 athletes competed as the Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association returned to Mt Bachelor March 7-9 for the Oregon High School Alpine Ski Race State Championships for the first time since 2011. Reporter and videographer Robin Cressy was on the scene, and contributes the following report.

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Gold medalist Kelly Clark. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Mount Hood summer shredders Nick Goepper, Gretchen Bleiler, Scotty Lago, Tom Wallisch, Sammy Carlson, Louie Vito and Kelly Clark are tearing it up with the world's best in Colorado this week as the Dew Tour offers a preview of the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

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Imperial Snowpark Equipment co-owners Mark Scheel (far left) and Casey Karlsen (far right) with Jacob Jackson and Jacqueline Darnell Vonk

Casey Karlsen wanted to improve his snowboarding style with summer practice, so he thought he would look into setting up some rails in his back yard.

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Just after Sage Kotsenburg won the first gold medal of the 2014 Olympics in snowboarding slopestyle, fellow Mount Hood regular Jamie Anderson soared to gold in the first-ever women's Olympic slopestyle.

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Michael Foushee of West Linn High won the state championship in halfpipe. Photo courtesy of Polly Foushee.

Mount Hood-based high school riders scored major points in racing, slopestyle and halfpipe at the 2014 State Championships at Mount Bachelor March 13-15.

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Michel Macedo competing on Mount Hood

Mount Hood-trained 15-year-old alpine racer Michel Macedo topped the podium in both slalom and the combined at the USSA Western Region Championships in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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Allow 19-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin to demonstrate.

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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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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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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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