There's now a little chunk of Mount Hood in Slabtown. Back in September, Mt. Hood Meadows opened a small retail store on Northwest 17th Avenue.

Altitude (1202 NW 17th Ave., 337-2222, is not a full-service shop like they have on the mountain. Rather, it's a place to get your season pass and buy a new pair of gloves from the big bin of $20 models on clearance.

Altitude Mtn Lifestyle

You can get a drink, too, since the shop has a couple beer taps pouring Hopworks IPA and Local Logger, and also serves wine. If you want food, Altitude sits across the street from the new Nuestra Cocina Frog Town taco cart that quietly spun off from the Division Street restaurant a few months back.

Altitude is a bare-bones space—basically just four stools and a basket of nuts. At first blush, it doesn't make sense to have a bar inside a small shop that isn't trying to soften buyers for big-ticket items.

Altitude Mtn Lifestyle

But it comes with a built-in sense of community. Meadows pass holders are a clubby bunch. Stop by, and you'll see people who know each other from the mountain chatting about Monday's snow dump and conditions at Superbowl.

Beer, conversation, tacos—what else do you want in a bar? What else does anyone want?