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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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Racing coach Richard Tichy, Meegan Bombadil and her teammate James Wainwright make the most of brutal conditions on Mount Hood. Photo by Melina Jacklet

Hard-core racers braved some brutal conditions on the West Mile Saturday to add another PACRAT race to a fun but challenging season on Mount Hood.

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After suffering through several frustrating false starts this winter, Mount Hood’s 200-plus PACRAT racers will finally get to run some gates Sunday at Meadows.

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PACRAT racer Mark Stanford runs giant slalom on Stadium at Mt. Hood Meadows.

Squeeze in your last-minute dryland training and dig out that red wax, because recreational racers will have seven opportunities to run gates on Mount Hood this winter.

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Dale Parshall of the Ruttin' Rats gets into his tuck early.

Ruttin' Rat racers from the Schnee Vogeli Ski Club finished first among 20 Mount Hood recreational racing teams to defend their PACRAT racing team title for the fourth year in a row.

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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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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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