Egg hunts, Easter Bunny visits and more around Summit County
Destination egg hunts
Crested Butte Mountain Resort
• Visitors to Crested Butte on Closing Day, Sunday, April 5, are invited to spend Easter with a bit of mountain flair. The town of Mount Crested Butte will host its annual Easter egg hunt for kids 10 and younger, starting at 11 a.m. in the Lodge at Mountaineer Square in the base area, and Trackers will be open serving mimosas and Bloody Marys for all the parents. Visit visitcrestedbutte.com to learn more.
• Monarch Mountain will host Kids Fest on Sunday, April 5, a free day of activities for kids 10 and younger. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monarch will host face painting, a helmet decorating station, interactive snow sculptures, an Easter egg hunt, a kids’ terrain park challenge and more. Kids will get to meet Safety Sam, explore Monarch’s snow cats and meet the Avalanche Dogs. Visit www.skimonarch.com to learn more.
• Sunday, April 5, at Purgatory, formerly Durango Mountain Resort, features a free egg hunt for children ages 10 and younger beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the Kid Zone by Lift 4. For more information on closing weekend at Purgatory, visit www.skipurg.com.
Ski Granby Ranch
• Closing day at Ski Granby Ranch is going to be full of Easter celebration on Sunday, April 5. Visitors can spend the day with great music, take photos with the Easter Bunny and participate in an Easter egg hunt. The hunt starts at 10 a.m. at the base for the little ones. Skiers and snowboarders who search for Easter eggs on the East Mountain may find a 2015-16 Ski Granby Ranch season pass. For more information, visit www.granbyranch.com.
Winter Park Resort
• Winter Park Willie and the Easter Bunny deliver holiday fun with an on-mountain candy hunt in Discovery Park, as well as a base area egg hunt for children younger than 5. The “Bunny Race” has been an Easter tradition for more than 37 years for children ages 10 and younger. For more details, call the Guest Information Hotline at (970) 726-1564 or visit www.winterparkresort.com.
Wolf Creek Ski Area
• The Easter Bunny will visit Wolf Creek Ski Area and help host an Easter egg hunt for the little skiers and boarders on the mountain. To end the festivities for the day, Wolf Creek will have an Easter Day Fun Race. The course is a dual format modified giant slalom. Participants can compete for medals in 28 different age brackets. Races begin at 11 a.m., and awards are at 3:30 p.m. on the sun deck of the main day lodge.
Go for eggs or the Easter Bunny himself on the mountains and in town around Summit County this Easter, with egg hunts, photo opportunities and more. All activities take place on Easter Sunday, April 5, unless otherwise noted. Visit the individual websites listed for more information.
Arapahoe Basin Ski Area will host its annual Beach ’N Egg Hunt, a free egg hunt with more than 5,000 eggs filled with fun goodies, on Easter Sunday. Featuring the Easter Bunny and chicken, the egg hunt will kick off at 10:30 a.m. on Molly Hogan near the base area for non-skiing little kids and at 11:30 a.m. at Wrangler, one of A-Basin’s beginner green trails, for skiing and snowboarding bigger kids. The Easter Bunny will hide two golden eggs with children’s 2015-16 A-Basin season passes, one on Molly Hogan and one on Wrangler. For more information, visit www.arapahoebasin.com.
Breckenridge Ski Resort will host Easter egg hunts on both Peak 8 and Peak 9 on Sunday, April 5. Each of the colorful eggs will include one piece of candy, and all of the candy is nut-free. Children will have the option to keep the eggs or return them to an egg-disposal area for reuse next year. The egg hunts are intended for young children, so please no pre-teens in the children’s areas.
Ages 10 and younger can participate in hunts on both peaks starting at 9:30 a.m. From the Peak 8 base area, walk looker’s left slightly uphill toward Rip’s Ride. Upon approaching the lift, continue looker’s left up to the hunt area. Access the Camelback Platter, also known as the learning area on Peak 9, by walking up looker’s left of the Quicksilver lift. Hug the fence line to a small hut that marks the beginning of the area. It is located directly across from the Beaver Run parking lot. Participants and parents can either ski or walk to this area. Eggs will be laid out on the snow and surrounding areas on both peaks.
Toddler egg hunts for ages 3 and younger start on both peaks at 10 a.m. The first hunt is looker’s left of the Guest Services/Activities center in the Peak 8 Base area, between Chair 5 and the building, and the second is near the Quicksilver lift in the Peak 9 base area, slightly downhill from the Maggie. Look for egg hunt directional signage.
For the toddler hunts, a flat, groomed area will be protected by fencing and open to children ages 3 and younger only, in an effort to provide a calm area for little tykes to pick up eggs. Eggs will be laid out on top of the snow for easy picking, and parents will be allowed in the area to assist in hand holding and walking little ones around the area to pick up eggs.
The Easter Bunny also will be visiting Peak 8 and Peak 9 throughout the day. Feel free to walk up and take pictures with Beck’s festive friend. For more information about this and other events related to Breck Spring Fever, visit www.breckspringfever.com.
Copper Mountain Resort will host The World’s Largest Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 5. Copper’s egg hunt has increased from 50,000 to 65,000 eggs, and new this year, 15,000 eggs are plant-based biodegradable. As part of the reduce, reuse, recycle movement, Copper encourages participants to turn empty eggs back in to be reloaded for reuse in future years. Hallmark will provide a small prize to the first 400 kids who recycle their eggs. There are different hunts for kids of all ages, from 3 and younger in Copper’s Center Village to adults in an on-mountain hunt using the resort’s Sherpa app.
Easter egg hunt timeline:
8:30 a.m. — Sherpa hunt begins on the hill; download Sherpa before you arrive
9 a.m. — 3 years and younger egg hunt in West Lake Alley
9:30 a.m. — 4- to 6-year-olds hunt around the Climbing Wall in Center Village
10 a.m. — 7- to 11-year-old hunt around West Lake
Noon — Noon Groomer hunt on the mountain
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Prize redemption and recycling center open at West Lake overlook
Copper purchases the Easter eggs from Phil and Ruth Ayers and family. The Ayers family hires veterans and folks with various disabilities to fill the eggs, which are also made in the United States. Visit www.coppercolorado.com to learn more.
The Easter Bunny will return to Frisco Main Street on Sunday, April 5, to hide 5,000 Easter eggs. Children ages 8 and younger are invited to hunt for candy-stuffed eggs throughout the Frisco Historic Park and the Frisco Town Hall areas. The Easter Bunny will visit with children before and after the egg hunt on Main Street, and visitors are encouraged to bring cameras for photos with the furry guy.
“The Easter Bunny has made it known that he plans to arrive around 11:30 a.m. to hang out with Easter egg seekers and to then stick around to make sure that everyone is sharing eggs and only taking their fair share,” said Nora Gilbertson, town of Frisco events manager.
The hunt will be divided into three areas on Main Street between Madison and Second Avenue. Children 3 and younger will hunt in and around Frisco Town Hall and are invited to gather near Town Hall at the intersection of Main Street and First Avenue in anticipation of the egg hunt start at noon.
The egg search area for children 4 to 5 years old will be on the gazebo lawn at the Frisco Historic Park, and children ages 6 to 8 will forage for eggs on the upper lawn of the Historic Park. All children ages 4 to 8 are asked to line up on the sidewalk on the south side of Main Street, opposite the Historic Park, for a mass start at noon. The historic schoolhouse bell will toll to signal the start of the three egg hunts. This event is free to all children, and kids 9 and older are encouraged to check out Copper Mountain’s Easter egg hunt.
The town of Frisco expects approximately 300 participants and requests that parents or guardians emphasize the benefits of sharing during this event. A limited number of eggs will have a special note from the Outlets at Silverthorne, and notes may be redeemed for a gift at the Outlets at Silverthorne tent, located on Main Street in front of the Historic Park. Also, children who find eggs stuffed with gold coins may bring them to the Easter Bunny for a special sweet treat. The Easter Bunny’s eggs are made in the United States, and the Easter Bunny provides egg recycling onsite after the egg hunt so eggs can be stuffed and reused next year.
Frisco Main Street from Madison Avenue to Second Avenue will be closed to traffic from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 5, for this event. The Frisco Police Department will be closely monitoring this closure for the safety of the children who will be collecting eggs, and motorists are encouraged to anticipate being detoured to alternate routes during the closure.
The egg hunt will start promptly at noon and will end when all of the eggs are found. Visit www.townoffrisco.com.
On Sunday, April 5, children ages 1 to 10 have the opportunity to search for hundreds of Easter eggs hidden by the Easter Bunny at Keystone’s Mountain House Base Area, including a limited number of golden eggs containing special prizes. All eggs, golden or otherwise, must be returned to claim prizes. The Easter Egg Hunt features two age groups, ages 1 to 6 and ages 7 to 10, and the hunts start at 10 and 11 a.m., respectively.
Free parking will be available in the Mountain East Free Lot and River Run Parking Lot at River Run Village. Visit www.keystoneresort.com to learn more.
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