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Powder hounds rejoice

To the delight of Mount Hood riders, storms dump loads of fresh snow on the Cascades, with more to come

December 3, 2005

The definition of a powder hound is this:

A powder hound, like myself for example, will take to the mountain whenever possible, regardless of the snow, wind and weather conditions.

But a powder hound prefers and is helplessly addicted to the fluffy-white winter substance that falls from the sky. Although one’s personal and professional life might suffer from the addiction, a powder hound is helpless against the urges to search out and shred untouched stretches of the prime white stuff.

An overdose is not possible.

The overwhelming joy of dabbling in powder-in-its-prime lasts through even the longest, driest, hottest summers, for the true powder hound.

He can hardly hold back the anticipation of watching snow fall from his office window. While stuck at work, the powder hound’s mind is absolutely distracted by fantasies and daydreams of being knee-deep and euphoric, caught in the moment when the entire world fades away and problems no longer exist.

Fresh snow is the opiate of some people.

Last winter’s notoriously poor season yielded a peak snow pack of 52 inches at Mt Hood Meadows Ski Resort, which broke the hearts of many discontented local powder hounds. Meadows opened for night operations Wednesday, with over 80 inches of snow at mid-mountain. Since then, another foot-plus fell, much to the delight of winter enthusiasts of all kinds.

Powder hounds rejoiced, as they reveled in their favorite fix. Even the snow-snobs (those who won’t carve anything but fresh tracks) were satisfied.

For weather forecasts and snow and road conditions, visit www.skihood.com

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