If you are not required to attend the family ham dinner this Sunday, may I suggest Easter skiing? Seriously, some of my best days skiing with my kids have been Easter Sunday, starting by dragging them out of bed for sunrise service, then spotting the bunny out on the ski slopes where the kids are rewarded for their early wake up with candy and colored eggs filled with prizes.
Sugarloaf is special on Easter Sunday, starting at 5:40am boarding the Superquad (in the dark) for Sunrise Service. Watching the sunrise over the mountains is spiritual, regardless of your denomination. The ski down to Easter breakfast is beautiful. The Easter Bunny will be at the Loaf with his local furry friends Amos the Moose and Blueberry Bear. During the day, Sugarloaf will also host a Spring Costume Parade and the Season Passholders BBQ. Sugarloaf, aka King of Spring, plans to keep skiing daily through at least next weekend's Reggaefest.
Sunday River runs the Chondola at 6:30am Easter morning to North Peak for Sunrise Service. There will be an Easter Egg Hunt at South Ridge at 9am along with a visit from the Easter Bunny. Its Parrothead weekend at the River too, so pond skimming at Barker is followed by live music and a Key Lime pie eating contest at White Cap. Sunday River plans to stay open for skiing and riding through Sunday, April 15, when they host their Season Passholders BBQ and free skiing for their traditional Ski Mainia day.
Saddleback will have an Easter Service at 9:30am, and an Easter Egg Hunt at 11:30am. Somewhere hidden at Saddleback is the Golden Egg which contains a Season Pass for next year. If you show your pass from another ski area, you ski Saddleback for $29 a day for the rest of the season. Saddleback will keep skiing through Monday April 9, then re-open April 13-15.
Killington will host Easter Sunrise Service at Snowshed Lodge at 6:00am, followed by a complimentary Continental breakfast and an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids. Killington is still skiing on Superstar, Skyelark and Bittersweet trails, with plans to stay open daily through April as long as their snow base holds up.
Jay Peak will provide Easter Sunrise Service at the top of the Tram, followed by skiing, and Brunch being served at Alice's Table. An unusual underwater Easter Egg Hunt is planned in Jay's new Pump House Waterpark. Jay Peak plans to keep skiing daily through April 15, perhaps beyond depending upon Mother Nature, but not likely as late as last year's May 15.
Loon will host Sunday Sunrise Service from atop the Gondola, followed by an Easter Egg Hunt on Lower Bear Claw at 9am. Loon will close for their season on Tuesday, April 10.
Wildcat is open Easter weekend with top to bottom skiing and special lift ticket prices of $35. Wildcat plans to close midweek and re-open Saturday, April 14, if snow allows.
Sugarbush is re-opening for skiing Saturday, April 7, spinning the Valley Double from 10am-5pm which serves Stein's to Coffee Run. Easter Sunday, Sugarbush hosts a Sunrise Service at the Gate House at 7:30 and an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids, and skiing if conditions permit.
Sugarloaf and Sunday River Photos by Greg Burke
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.