Mount Hood Meadows schedules summer events

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Mount Hood Meadows will present two events in August, the first summer activities in the ski resort’s 46-year history.

The Mount Hood Meadows Uphill Challenge, a 1.2-mile running or walking event, will be Aug. 16.

A Kids Day Camp featuring outdoor activities and education will be Aug. 23.

The uphill challenge starts at the ski area’s main parking lot and will finish at the top of Stadium chairlift, a 621-foot elevation gain. Course records will be kept for each age category.

The course will follow a gravel mountain road. Competitors will ride the chairlift down.

Advance registration is $20 for ages 15 and older and $10 for ages 14 and younger. Competitors can register online at ski hood.com/uphillchallenge through Aug. 14.

Prize money will be awarded to the fastest male and female finisher. The race begins at 10 a.m. but bib pickup opens at 8 a.m.

Stadium chairlift will operate for rides from 10 a.m. to noon for $10 a ride. The Sun Deck BBQ will be open 11 a.m. to noon.

The Kids Day Camp costs $25 and will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is designed for youth ages 6 to 12 and will include education on native plants and wildlife, games, art projects, a trail hike and lunch.

Registration can be completed online at skihood.com/kidscamp.

The Forest Service has issued a directive to bolster summer use and promote tourism at ski resorts on public land.

Matthrew Drake, Mount Hood Meadows president, said the two events are indicative of future summer events.