Mt. Hood Meadows Race Team and Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Area have had the opportunity to host many races this season. Two of which I have attended. Feb. 16, 17, 18 and 19 they hosted a J3 Junior Olympic Qualifier and last weekend they hosted the J3 and J4 Western Regional Junior Olympics. They did an awesome job on both races. The races were efficiently and professionally run and they were great hosts! But it was exciting for another reason. The J3 qualifier brought to Hood River over 130 racers, their coaches, and families. The Junior Olympics brought to Hood River 170 skiers, coaches, and parents. Coming down the mountain I saw family ski cars at the Mt. Hood Store in Mt. Hood filling up on deli goodies, filling up with gas at The Pine Grove Store. Cars parked in front of every restaurant in town. Kids with goggle line tans dashing in and out of Andrew's Pizza, Doug's Sports, Hood River Bagel Co. Their parents shopping at Safeway and Rosauers to keep up with busy appetites. All over town motels and hotels spilling over with kids and the smell of hot ski wax. A large number of people came to town and spent money in many different places. It was very exciting to see all these businesses share in the wealth of the weekend. I wonder if Mt. Hood Meadows is allowed to build their resort at Cooper Spur if any of those people will make it to Hood River to spend their money in the future. Just a thought.
Tami Mallon Hukari