While some family Easters focus on fancy hats and ham feasts, our family has made a tradition of attending sunrise service by chairlift and egg hunts on the ski trails. We have skied in everything from glorious sun and soft spring snow to mid-winter conditions, and my kids usually score colored candy-filled eggs as we carve down the hill on Easter morning. Some resort bunnies even stash season pass coupons in those plastic eggs, so it's worth the hunt.
Even though Easter is late this season, several ski resorts still have piles of snow and plenty of fun events this weekend.
Killington will have its sunrise service on the K-1 gondola followed by an Easter egg hunt for the kids. The Beast of the East still has 39 percent of its terrain open for skiing.
Sugarbush will celebrate Easter with sunrise service on the SugarBravo quad, followed by an egg hunt for the kids and extensive spring skiing on much of their Lincoln Peak terrain.
Jay Peak is still 90 percent open, and will offer Easter sunrise service this weekend, and pond skimming on April 30.
Sugarloaf is still skiing on the majority of its terrain, and will celebrate Easter with a sunrise service on the Superquad, appearances by the Easter Bunny (and Amos and Blueberry I bet), a scavenger hunt, and a costume parade for the kids.
Saddleback hosts its Kennebago Steeps challenge this Saturday, followed by an on-mountain Easter service and egg hunt on Sunday (Kids: look for the Golden Egg with next year's season pass). April 30 will feature a Hawaiian party at the 'Back as they keep skiing - currently on 98 percent of the mountain's terrain.
Sunday River concludes its season on Easter Sunday with free skiing and riding, a sunrise service on Barker and an egg hunt for kids at South Ridge.
So grab your gear and your bunny ears and go ski this weekend.
Photo by Greg Burke. For more of Heather’s ski tips, go to www.familyskitrips.com
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 www.familyskitrips.com and www.luxuryskitrips.com.