If the Easter bunny is a skier (he's been spotted him on the slopes before), he has to be stoked for this Sunday! Easter weekend is as early as it gets on the calendar, and the skiing is as good as it gets this season.
You should consider taking the family to the ski mountains this weekend. The snow covered mountains are very spiritual, and many ski areas provide Sunday sunrise service. As a bonus, there are egg hunts on the ski trails, costume parades and even ticket deals if you dress the part. It's going to be an epic Easter weekend to ski. Here are a few festivities and highlights:
Wachusett hosts pond-skimming Saturday and Sunrise Service plus an egg hunt on EasterSunday. If you dress like a bunny or wear an Easter bonnet on Sunday, your Wachusett lift ticket is half price.
Bretton Woods holds their 26th annual Beach Party on Saturday with Slush Pool skimming, if you wear beach attire you get a ticket for only $25. Starting Monday April 1, ski Bretton Woods any day for just $29 - no fooling.
Loon Mountain hosts an Easter Sunrise Service via the gondola, followed by an egg hunt on Lower Bear Claw. Saturday is Spring Sanity at Loon, inspired by the 1997 film - so break out your big hair and hit the bumps.
Gunstock hosts Easter Sunday funday with an egg hunt and Gunny bear will be handing out candy. Sunapee host an Easter Cares and Shares special - bring 5 non-perishable food items and get a $35 lift ticket on Sunday.
Saddleback has Pond Skimming Saturday, and Sunday there will be an on mountain Easter Service plus an Egg Hunt - hint: there is one Golden Egg with a season pass. Sugarloaf and Sunday River both celebrate Easter with sunrise services and egg hunts for the kids. The Easter bunny will make an appearance at both resorts, along with his friends Amos and Blueberry at the Loaf and Eddy and Betty the Yetis at the River.
Stowe's Sunday Sunrise Service will mark their 59th annual - impressive, this weekend at Stowe is also the historic Sugar Slalom.
Easter skiing is going to be the best in years, and maybe for years to come (Easter is April 20 in 2014). And this weekend marks your last chance to ski in March this year, which has been amazing! Of course, if you can play hooky on Monday - there are some unbelievable April fool's day deals too, no foolin!
See you on the slopes.
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.