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Family are invited with their spouses and children for a week of out-door winter fun.

We seek to provide an highly engaging, no-tech, personally enriching, euphoric experience.

We hope you will come enjoy the first of many-to-come Paterson Winter Festivals.

Interactional Expectations

We are asking people to leave their screens behind. Bring a board game or play one of ours! Bring a musical instrument. Share some sheet music ahead of time! We are planing for 5+ days of skiing. We also have a climbing cave suitable for all ages built into our living room!

Prospective Week Schedule

On arrival day we go to Berg's and get fitted for our weekly rental. We pick up any preordered shopping supplies. The next day we hit the slopes. Starting off the week many people may not have confidence on the slopes. This is OK. We book a ski lesson and enjoy the easy slopes as people of all ages gain confidence.

Days two and three are great experiences as people become familiar with the slopes and their confidence increases.

Days four and five come with options. We could call them down days and play board games at the house. Or we could continue at Willamette Pass, or choose a different ski venue.


There are several potential scenarios depending on transportation, accomodations, and the needs of the group of attendees.
  • Willamette Pass with a daily commute.
  • Willamette Pass with an RV.
  • Mt. Hood with an AirBnB rental or an RV.
  • Multiple Ski Resorts.
Of these options, we suggest that the easiest one for logistics and price/value considerations is Willamette Pass with a daily commute. Physlical limitations, weather conditions, age ranges, and the total number of people participating define what is the best choice each year. Hugh III and Katja checked out Hoodoo and Willamette Pass in 2023 and determined that Willamette Pass was the better mountain of the two. The Willamette Pass with a daily commute option is explored a little bit in the following sections.


There are several potential options which may fit with different senarios.
  • Child-Care.
  • Massages.
  • Hot tub and showers (off site).
  • Hire Meal Prep.

Prospective Long-Day (commuter) Schedule

This kind of adventure starts early in the morning. The slopes open at 9 AM. Add to that no less than an 80 minute drive and 20-30 minutes of transition out of the car and into the skis. A 6:15 AM departure is not un-reasonable — especially if there has been snow in the forecast. Parking is limited at ski venues and fills up quick. Hired Shuttles ($25 per person) all leave Eugene around 6:30 AM. We break for lunch around 11:30 till about 12:30 with no hard and fast rules. It is served either at the car or in the lodge. Groups of cousins or family units can make more specified plans. Everyone tries to catch the last lift to the top at 4PM and by 4:45 we are on our way back to Eugene. We head straight for Echo Hallow pool with the hot tub and showers. By 7:30 PM we depart the pool and head to home. Supper is still ahead of us. If we head straight for Hugh's house then we arrive by about 6PM and a long line of showers commences. Teams prep dinner and everyone finds an well deserved appointment with their pillow.

Prospective Short-Day (commuter) Schedule

This version is like the Prospective Long-Day (commuter) Schedule, but we leave the ski slope before close. This gives us more flexibility for meal times and hygene.

Prospective Long-Day (RV) Schedule

This option is more expensive but reduces the amount of transit time. It gives us a distinct rendezvous at the ski venue. This option impacts meal prep process and hygene considerations. Showers may be available at Willamette Pass. I did not check.




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Dates are not settled yet.
Send your prefered dates via Email.

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Participants are invited to come a week before and/or stay a week after the official week.

Structured activities and meals are only planned for the offical week of events.

Renting gear aquired via Berg's Ski Shop reqires onsite fittings, which are done the day before gear use.

Known Important Dates

(Hugh) UNT Spring Break March 9–18

(Becky) WOU Spring Break March 25–April 1

Berg’s Ski and Snowboard Shop Rents
All Necessary Boots
Snow Shoes

Outer Gear

For travelers still looking for the right gear it is often easier to acquire snow gear at the destination rather than travel with newly acquired gear. Consider an order to Target (Eugene location) to be picked up on the way to the host from the airport. Snow pants of all sizes and sufficent for the event can be acquired locally for approximatly $40USD.

For toddlers, we have found that something like a Tuffo works well with a sufficently warm underlayer.


We have found that for smaller kids, several pairs of gloves are often useful as gloves have a tendency to get wet. Wet leads to cold, and cold kids lead to miserable parents.


Kids snow goggles can be acquired for between $20-$30 locally. Or have an Amazon shipment delivered to Eugene before you arrive. Adult goggles are minimally $25 but can be much more if you want to geek out.


Happy feet are warm feet. We find woolsmart and similar brands work well.


Hats and helmets don't generally mix well. Go with one or the other, or both at different times.

Toddler Snow Boots

Toddlers should consider acquiring their own boots as Berg's dosen't rent for super-small feet. (Call Berg's for sizes a week or two before the trip).

Willamette Pass

Slope Previews

Expereinced Skiers

New Skiers

Accomodation Options

Housing Rooms Price Location
Hugh’s House 7 N/A 2675 Baker Blvd
Bright Airy Studio via AirBNB 1 $76/night Baker Blvd Short Term Rental 1
Cedar Hideaway via AirBNB 1 $105/night Baker Blvd Short Term Rental 2
Green House 3 Cleaning Fee ~$300 2690 W22nd
Green Studio 1 Cleaning Fee ~$300 2690 W22nd A
Willona 3 Cleaning Fee ~$300 2644 Willona Dr
Rent a Camper 6-9 people ~$2500 Turn Key Rentals
Unit #3.6 – (1828) 28′ 2018 Class “C” Motorhome


Arrival Day Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6
Breakfast Dutch Baby, Fruit Yogurt and Granola, Fruit Burritos: Eggs, Avocados, Onions Make a Suggestion. Defualt is to repeat something Make a Suggestion. Defualt is to repeat something
Lunch Bergs Fitting Turkey Sandwiches Hot dogs and Sausages Chili Butter-lettuce Chicken Salad Tortilini and Tomato Soup
Tea Scones Hot Chocolate, Coffee, Tea Hot Chocolate, Coffee, Tea Hot Chocolate, Coffee, Tea, Mexican Chocolate Chip Cookies Hot Chocolate, Coffee, Tea Hot Chocolate, Coffee, Tea
Supper Grill-Night
Grilled Turkey and Salmon, Jasmine Rice
Turkey Soup
Chili Med-Night
Rubens, Fries
French Style Chicken in Cream Sauce
Aperitif Flight of Local Beers Glayva White Wine, Ouzo Flight of International Beers
May be served at Tea time
Bananas Foster Pumpkin Bread with Chocolate Chips Lava Cakes and Fruit Carrie’s Chocolate Cookies Lebküchen Tripple Chocolate Rye Cookies

Email any food related allergies. We have several recipes for rock soup.

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Lunches are assumed to be provided "Tailgate Party" style in the parking lot of the ski venue.

Late evening returns mean late suppers. Designated meal teams are one strategy for efficiency.

Yogurt and granola.

Yogurt and Granola: Smaller portions make one lighter on the skis. Credit: Hugh Paterson III

Sandwhich lunch.

Home-made sandwhich lunch eaten at the tailgate. Credit: Hugh Paterson III

Beer Flight.

Beer options. Credit: Hugh Paterson III



Arround Town

Airlines Servicing Eugene
Alaska Airlines
Allegiant Airlines
American Airlines
Avelo Airlines
Delta Air Lines
Southwest Airlines
United Airlines


If Hugh's house is the hosting site and center of activity, then the preference is to fly directly to Eugene.


Portland is a two hour drive away. If the cost difference is worth the rental car, then by all means get a rental car and drive the two hours.
The price for a shuttle from PDX to Eugene is usually about $50 per person.
If we are renting an RV and taking it to Mt. Hood or renting a place near Mt. Hood, then flying into PDX with a pick-up on the way to Mt. Hood is the best way to go.
Accessible Vehicles Passenger Count
Toyota Sienna 7
Chevy Bolt EUV 4-5
Jeep Cherokee 5

Car Count

We have between two and three cars.

Driving Conditions

Driving conditions in Eugene are usually clear.
Near the ski areas expect packed snow.
Chains may be required.

Kids Car Seats

We also have two extra cars seats.
Child in car seat.

The car seats mostly work. Sometimes installing the children can be a challenge. Credit: Hugh Paterson III


No-Snow at Willamette Pass

Mt. Hood

There will always be snow at Mt. Hood. It just costs more and takes longer to get there. It might be worth renting a place for the week.

Willamette Pass Conditions

Board Games

Settlers of Catan
Cities & Knights
BANG!: The Bullet!
Loto de la ferme
Button. Button. Belly Button
St. Petersburg
Rivers, Roads, and Rails
And Others....

The Oregon Coast

Sea Urchins in tide pools.

Sea Urchins in tide pools. Credit: Rebecca Paterson

Sky Diving

are two places to go skydiving near Eugene. One, just 15 minutes down the road charges $300 per tandem jump on weekends, and $250 on weekdays. The second is place about an hour and a half away in Molalla, Oregon. The prices are a bit cheaper, $219 or for a group of six or more $199.


Not part of the family? Drop a line. We might be able to arrange a marriage.