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The Red Bull Schlittentag features homemade sleds and lively crowds.

Into pond skimming? Charitable fundraisers? Park jibbing? Recreational racing? Vertical challenges? Up-and-down races? Homemade sleds? The Mount Hood spring calendar has got you covered.

After two recent loads of fresh snow Monday and Friday, resort snow bases as of 1 pm Friday, March 14 are 132 inches at Timberline, 106 inches at Mt. Hood Meadows and 41 inches in the Upper Bowl at Skibowl (5010 feet). That's below average for this time of year, but not nearly as bad as it could have been, given how thin snowpack was in January.

Here is a photo from Grant Myrdal shot March 11 at Meadows:

Timberline is offering a spring pass for $99 that is good seven days a week through May 26, 2014. That's more than 70 days on the mountain if you add them up.

Meadows is selling a spring pass for $139 for daily riding through April 27, plus bonus weekends in May.

Skibowl's $99 spring pass is good for nights and weekends through April 13, assuming the lower elevation base holds up that long. The Skibowl pass also gets you savings on lodging, food and beverages.

All three major Mount Hood resorts are staging spring events galore, ranging from the Skibowl Beachfest March 22 to the Rams Head Randonee May 3. Here is a sampling of 15 options among many.

Saturday, March 15 at Timberline: Chill Shredathon, a fundraiser for at-risk youth with contests and prizes.

Sunday, March 16 at Meadows: Meadows Film Fest

Saturday, March 22 at Meadows: Ski for Water, a vertical challenge fundraiser to raise money for water quality and protection.

Saturday, March 22 at Skibowl: Snowbeach Festival at Skibowl, with a pond skim, a hot dog-eating contest and more.

Saturday, March 29 at Timberline: Analog Go Huck Yourself Rail Jam

Saturday, March 29 at Skibowl: Red Bull Schlittentag at Skibowl: Homemade sled races and general mayhem.

Sunday, March 30 at Meadows: Spring Brew Fest

Friday, April 4 at Meadows: Adaptive Ski/Snowboard Clinic, for helping disabled athletes.

Saturday, April 5 at Skibowl: King and Queen of the Mountain at Skibowl: Park-jibbing, high-speed tucking and cliff-hucking.

Saturday, April 5 at Meadows: Full Sail Banked Slalom

Saturday, April 12 at Meadows: Ski to Defeat ALS, a vertical fundraiser to battle a terrible disease.

Monday, April 14 at Timberline: Troops Triumph, skiing and snowboarding for disabled veterans.

Saturday, April 19 at Meadows: Mazot Fest and Charity Race for the Avy Dogs

Sunday, April 20 at Timberline: Easter at Timberline

Saturday, April 26 at Meadows: Sno-Kona Pond Skim

Saturday, May 3: Rams Head Randonee, a fun and exhausting up-and-down race.

Did I leave out your favorite springtime event on the mountain? Add it to the comments section below, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I will update.