Sandy High School racers get in the spirit for Kelsey's Race. Photo by Robin Cressy

More than 400 Oregon High School ski racers launched another lively season Saturday on Mount Hood with camaraderie, costumes, and spirit befitting the Third Annual Kelsey's Race, the largest high school race in the United States.

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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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Alice Jacklet training on Mount Hood. Photo by Richard Tichy

Mount Hood ski racer Alice Jacklet took first place in slalom and second place in giant slalom in the 75-79 year-old division at the 2017 NASTAR nationals in Colorado. So allow me to dispense with all pretense of journalistic objectivity and holler: Go Mom!

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Michael Liang's coaches give him the royal treatment at 2017 state championships on Mount Hood. Photos by Robin Cressy

215 Athletes from as far away as Lakeview and Ashland, Oregon converged on Mt. Hood Meadows March 1-3 to compete in Skier-Cross, Slalom and Giant Slalom events for the 2017 Oregon High School Ski Racing Championships.

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Lindsey Vonn and Jackie Wiles

Mount Hood-raised ski racer Jackie Wiles defeated some of the greatest ski racers in the world including her mentor Lindsey Vonn to take third place January 15th at a World Cup race in Austria.

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Nora Streedain gets the kid racing season rolling.

Kid racers and their families took over Multorpor on Martin Luther King Day for a lively day of competition and camaraderie under deep blue skies.

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Sandy High Racers get in the spirit for the first annual Kelsey Hewitt Memorial Race on Mount Hood. Photos by Robin Cressy

388 Oregon high school ski racers got the racing season rolling with the first annual Kelsey Hewitt Memorial Run Race at Mt Hood Meadows on Monday, January 2. 

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Kelsey and Randy Hewitt. A new race has been created to honor Kelsey, who died in Dec. 2015 at age 25.

High School Alpine Ski racers will compete on January 2 in a season-opening fun race named in honor of a racer who died at the age of 25 in a tree well accident.

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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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Timothy Hill shreds the slalom gates in the 2016 Golden Rose on Mount Hood. Photo by Mike Juliana

The summer racing season on Mt. Hood is picking up the pace with hard-core training available for racers of all ages.

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