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Mission Ridge gets its name from a B-24 Bomber that crashed there on a training mission in 1944. Parts of the plane are strewn about the mountain. The wing shown here was removed and mounted in the base lodge. After a few poor snow years, the wing was returned to the crash site in the fall of 1993. Within an hour of the move it began to snow. And so it stays.
The skiing off of the high peak with the microwave tower in the distance stays cold and loads deep with windblown snow. It proved to hold some stellar skiing today.
Cold and dry the skiing from the microwave towers was great today.
Mission Ridge is riddled with interesting chutes that drop through basalt crags.
The wind plays a big part in skiing Mission Ridge. Like any windy spot, this can be both a blessing and a curse. Fortunately at Mission Ridge it is more often than not a major plus. Spots like this always hold fresh snow and a little local knowledge can get you the goods any day.