My first day on Mt. Hood I pretty much knew what to expect. I had seen all the pictures and videos and heard stories from friends who were there just before me. I didn’t ride the chairlift once with my foot strapped in because neither of the lifts had any snow on the loading area or the run-out. We had to hike down about 50 feet from the top to get to “the patch” as we were calling it. But the moment you got your feet strapped in to the board and started sliding down that patch it was the best thing ever!