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Now here's a whole new twist on the old tale of the talented mountain kid who commits to summer training on Mount Hood to get to the next level, and then a few years later goes on to do amazing things.

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Dale Parshall on course.

PACRAT recreational racers made up for lost time Sunday with a lively double-race down Stadium in windy, fast conditions.

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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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High Cascade and Windells have been making the most of melting summer snow on Hood for a long time. Rider Spencer Schubert, photo Greg Furey

Summer campers at Windells and High Cascade on Mount Hood will have access to all sorts of jumps, rails and training stations including a new dryland training facility with a 14-by-14-foot trampoline next to a 60-by-60-foot bag jump and a resurfaced launch ramp.

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Mac Heffernan, photo by Robin Cressy

Lifelong Mount Hood skier Mac Heffernan is feeling lucky to be alive after a tough crash into the rocks on July 30, but he will have to postpone his planned military career to recuperate from his wounds.

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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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The second ReRack Rail Jam of the season went down Saturday afternoon and evening at Mt. Hood Meadows, and Pierce Hodges was there. Here is his edit for ReRack and Meadows, along with some photos by Scott Lustig and the full results from the competition.

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Overall winner Luke Musgrave of the Mt. Hood Race Team

Hundreds of youth racers of all sizes and levels charged through the slalom gates Sunday for this year's Cooper Spur dual slalom, which was moved to a higher elevation on Shooting Star Ridge due to the low snow season.

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Mikaela Shiffrin pulled off an amazing recovery midway through a challenging, 60-turn slalom course to win Olympic gold in Rosa Khutor, Russia today.

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Luke Musgrave of the Mt. Hood Race Team will be the racer to beat at Meadows this weekend.

Kid and adult racers will break out the Lycra for their final race runs this weekend at Mt. Hood Meadows and Timberline.

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