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Posted by Heather Burke  April 1, 2010 12:42 PM

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sugarloaf_summit.jpgFor our family, Easter doesn’t mean frilly church outfits, carving a ham and eating scalloped potatoes. We prefer carving the slopes and enjoying the mashed potatoes of spring skiing.  We’re not big on the buffet table festivities when we can have the slopes to ourselves on Easter morning. We have had some awesome Easters at Sugarloaf in Maine.


You need the resolve to get up before the sun, throw on your ski gear in the dark, and load the Superquad by 5:45 a.m. But all that drowsy drudgery pays off when you are on Sugarloaf with a gathering of equally dedicated skiers watching a glorious sunrise.






A non-denominational service starts Easter Sunday with introspect and inspiration. Then it's first tracks with your family down perfectly groomed corduroy leading to a deserved Easter breakfast. I remember one year, when our kids really didn’t want to get out of their cozy condo beds at 5 a.m. for Sunrise Service. But we parents prevailed, and to the delight of your little downhillers, they found candy-filled Easter eggs scattered along Tote Road during their ski down. They were so stoked, wired even, after skiing and eating chocolate before 7 a.m. An Easter to savor…my daughter skied in bunny ears all day, which was funny to watch as she skied up and down the slushy spring moguls, her floppy ears bobbing with each bump.


snowfields_heather.jpgDon’t think an Easter ski weekend means you have to forego Easter traditions like bonnets and bunnies. Sugarloaf brings Easter to the mountain village with an egg hunt, a spring costume parade, and an appearance by the Easter Bunny, along with his Sugarloaf buddies Amos the Moose and Blueberry Bear.


The Easter forecast is sunshine and softening snow in the mountains. Easter at the Loaf, and many New England ski resorts with Easter events, should be egg-ceptional this weekend.


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Photos by Greg Burke

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Eric Wilbur is a lifelong recreational skier who spends most of his winter and spring in the mountains of New England. He does not ski in jeans. You can read more of Eric's work here.

Heather Burke is an award winning ski journalist with over a decade of ski news coverage. As a former ski instructor and a ski parent, she knows the ski biz from the inside out. She and her family visit New England ski resorts, as well as the West and Canada, to report on the latest trends and their best family finds. Her husband Greg takes all the accompanying photos, and their work can be seen at and


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