Our 4th annual Winter Weekend is scheduled for Friday, January 4 to Sunday, January 6, 2013 at Mazama Lodge at the 4,000′ level on Mt. Hood. While we no longer plan to reserve the entire lodge, at least 17 CRPCA folks will be staying Saturday night and at least six CRPCA folks will also be staying Friday night.
Our Winter Weekends are among our most family-friendly events. Each year some of us sled down the hill in front of Mazama Lodge, while others snowshoe or cross-country ski out the front door. Inside we find games and books, and we enjoy delicious food and fireside conversations with friends new and old. Mazama Lodge has a stunning view of Mt. Hood in sunny weather, and it’s a delightful place to be when snow is falling.
Reserve your bunk spots today!
Reserve Friday and/or Saturday night through the Mazama Lodge reservations page. Scroll the calendar to January 2013. Identify your number of guests, select the number of nights, then click the D circle for your selected start date. On the next page you’ll enter your contact and credit card info, and you’ll get a customized lodging quote when you specify the number of Mazama members, members of affilate organizations (such as Oregon Nordic Club, Sierra Club, and Trails Club of Oregon), and non-Mazama members. In the box at the bottom of the page, type which meals you’ll want to order. Your card will not be charged until arrival.
Day visits are cool!
If you can’t stay and eat with us, you are absolutely welcome to visit and play with your friends at the lodge. You’ll need a Sno-Park permit for your vehicle. Also, if you come above the Mazama Lodge basement, there’s a day use fee of $5 per non-Mazama member or $15 per non-Mazama family.
What to bring
- All vehicles require a Sno-Park permit. Most Winter Weekend attendees will want the $7 weekend permit or the $20 annual permit, while our Saturday visitors will want the $3 daily permit. Oregon Sno-Park permit vendors are available at dozens of statewide vendors. Sno-Park permits issued by California, Idaho and Washington are honored in Oregon.
- Suggested packing list: gear for snowplay (sleds, snowshoes, skis), winter layers and footwear, sleeping bag, pillow, towel, headlamp or flashlight, and anything else you bring when spending a night away from home.
- Alcohol policy: Alcohol is not permitted at Mazama Lodge.
- Technology: Cell phones work at Mazama Lodge, and the lodge offers free wireless internet connections. There’s a TV in the basement for the kids, but they may be more interested in foosball, ping pong, and pool.
If you’ve never before been to Mazama Lodge, we recommend printing and studying the Map & Directions to Mazama Lodge. Use the winter directions. Up to four vehicles at a time may park at the base of the trail to the lodge. You may access this loading and unloading zone via the first left turnoff from the Timberline Rd, 1/10 of a mile uphill from US 26. Note that this road is unplowed, and that you will need to move your vehicle to the Sno-Park across US 26 for the duration of your stay. It’s a good idea to drop the kids off along with your gear, as crossing US 26 on foot can be dicey. It’s a five-minute, snowy, uphill walk to the lodge from the loading/unloading zone and a ten-minute walk all the way from the Sno-Park.
This will be a special event!
On Saturday afternoon, Erin Gettling will lead a snowshoe outing, and Shari Exo will lead a cross-country ski outing. We’ll also break out the board games after dinner.
If you have any Winter Weekend questions not addressed on this page, please contact Bill Stein at winter AT crpca.org or 503-830-0817.