It's been a very snowy year. Too snowy for the taste of many in the city, which has twice been crippled by a few inches of white stuff.

But it's also been snowy on Mount Hood. At Mount Hood Meadows, the base is 100 inches at the lodge—double what it is at Aspen right now.

And unlike as in many previous years, it's not wet slop. The La Niña winds have blessed Hood with great conditions, says spokesman Dave Tragethon.

"We got early snow and cold weather which has really maintained the snow conditions," he says. "It's presented some epic powder days."

It's the best Hood's had since 2007, he says, and it's supposed to last, as the February forecast also predicts below-normal temperatures for the area.

It might be another decade before we see conditions this good again—maybe not even then, given global warming. The next time there are freshies, get up there and get some.

The sunny slopes at Mount Hood Meadows. (Brenda Emil/MountHoodMeadows)
The sunny slopes at Mount Hood Meadows. (Brenda Emil/MountHoodMeadows)

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