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Snow saves state’s Winter Games

More than 200 amateur skiers and snowboarders are making their way to Mt. Hood this weekend for the 2003 Winter Games of Oregon.

Just weeks ago, the event was in danger of being cancelled. But a substantial late-season snowfall has given the games new life.

With events scheduled for both Timberline and Ski Bowl, the Feb. 28-March 2 event features five events including a Giant Slalom and Slopestyle. Organizers say that there is not enough snow at this time to hold an extreme competition.

The Winter Games offer competition for athletes of all ages and skill levels. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, team events like volleyball, basketball and ice hockey are also included.

Volleyball took place on Feb. 22-23, while the basketball and ice hockey portions will take place March 15-16.

“Adding indoor events has helped guarantee a successful event with or without snow,” said the Games’ Executive Director Dan Duffy. “But it’s a relief that we won’t have to cancel the alpine events completely.”

Saturday and Sunday’s events are open to all Oregon and southwest Washington residents, with age divisions ranging from 8-and-under to 70 and over. Entry fees for the skiing and snowboarding events is $40 for one event, and $15 for each additional event.

A $15 discount will be offered to those with a valid Timberline/Ski Bowl pass. On-site registration is available until 30 minutes prior to alpine events.

The Winter Sports of Oregon are organized by the Oregon Amateur Sports Foundation. For more information, visit: www.oregonamateursports.org

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Mt. Hood Meadows is also hosting some fun events this weekend. Saturday and Sunday is the 6th-annual Cascade SkiJoring Classic, a unique cross-country ski event involving dogs and a tow rope. Spectators are welcome.

Sunday marks the “Enter the Dragon” Boardercross snowboard competition. High Cascade Snowboard Camp presents the “Fast and the Fearless” for competitors of all ages. Finally, the Oregon Cancer Ski-Out will be taking place Sunday and Monday. For more info, visit www.skihood.com

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