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For Mission Ridge, Bill Johnson was a keeper

By Steve Maher WENATCHEE — He could be so brash and such a rebel that he became known as the bad boy of skiing, the rogue of the slopes. That was the public image, at least. But those who knew the iconic Bill Johnson at Mission Ridge recall another side of his personality that often got lost once he rose to fame with a series of victories in 1984 that were unprecedented for an American skier. Johnson, who died Jan. 21 in the Portland area after several years of declining health due to a stroke, was a “puppy dog” beneath his cocky, determined, hard-to-get-along persona, they say.

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There is a project that has been moving along just under the surface for months now...a Northwest partnership of epic proportions between Snowboy Productions and Mission Ridge Terrain Parks. This is the first glimpse...this is THE BREACH. Shred into the New Year on a flowing, creative run of snow-whale transitions from the most expansive snow-making system in the Northwest. Air, slash, plant,'s all up to you. There are no rules and no entry fee...just a great day of snowboarding. And this is just the The Breach happens to also sit on the future site of Mission Ridge's BOMBER BOWL PARK...the first designated bowl park in all of North America. Things are about to get really rad in the Mid-Northwest! Thanks to Union Binding Company, Lib Tech, 686, SPY and Revolution Snow & Skate for their support of this event.

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Night Skiing Schedule

Mission Ridge offers night skiing on Chair 4 Saturday nights December 26th through February 20th. Night skiing goes from 4-8pm.

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Liftie McKenzie's Weekend Review

Most 22 year olds would groan in agony at the idea of waking up at 5:30 AM on a cloudy Sunday morning. They would probably groan even more when they found out it was to go shovel heavy snow for 3 hours...

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