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Summit County eggs Easter on

Kimberly Nicoletti
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Here in the Rocky Mountains, Easter isn’t about new bonnets and frilly dresses or cute suits. It’s not about hunting for eggs stashed in trees bursting with the promise of spring blossoms or the first blades of vibrantly green grass. It’s about snow – and this year lots of it – and searching for eggs among the white stuff, which you’d think would be relatively easy given that plastic eggs tend to come in pastel and even neon colors, but let me tell you: While towns and resorts make it pretty easy for little kids to find the goodies, it’s pretty rough for the adults. I went to the first egg hunt Copper hosted for “big kids” a few years ago, and my Easter bunny bounce went limp after hours of searching on skis. In fact, there was a hint of survival of the fittest; the skiers in front of me found a couple eggs and wouldn’t give me one ounce of a clue as to where they looked – high, low or sideways – so I was left to my own snowplowing-down-the-hill devices.

This year, resorts and towns are celebrating Easter by hiding thousands of eggs around the county – and some are even giving out clues.

Copper Mountain holds the largest Easter egg hunt Sunday, with 50,000 stashed throughout the mountain runs and base. Most hold candy, chocolate and small toys, some contain a gold coin that finders can redeem at the Easter Prize Ten at West Lake Overlook for small trinkets, and a select amount reveal Experience Copper Gift Cards, a season pass, a summer activity pass, Woodward and Copper sessions, golf packages, beanies and more.

But be warned: Hundreds and hundreds of kids participate, said public relations guru David Roth. Not quite that many adults go huntin’.

This year, Copper’s giving hints, secrets and clues as part of its Facebook Adult Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt. (At least they don’t leave their clients out in the cold, unlike aforementioned egg hoarders.) This event is new and occurs online. Starting around noon Sunday, Copper will post hints and photos of where the 10 or so eggs are hidden on the mountain. Prizes include a Copper four pack, Icelantic skis, snowboards, Woodward sessions and more.

Also a new event, Peeps in the Pipe, features fantastically costumed flippers and spinners showing off in Copper’s Main Vein Superpipe at 1 p.m. Sunday, followed by the Easter Bunny shredding at about 2 p.m.

Copper also celebrates closing weekend with its continuation of Sunsation, including free live music and a world record attempt for the most people slathering on sunscreen at the same time from 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Saturday at the Center Village.

“We have every color of Zinka,” said spokesperson Pete Woods.

Music includes The Samples (see related story), Reel Big Fish (3:30 p.m. Sunday) and a few musical acts from Copper’s Facebook Battle of the Bands Contest including The Stolen Instruments (noon Saturday), Gunslinger (1:15 p.m. Saturday), Something Underground (2:15 p.m. Saturday), Post Paradise (2 p.m. Sunday).

Frisco caters to kids by hiding more than 5,000 eggs in three areas. For the youngest (infants to 3), town staff places eggs in “pretty obvious places,” separating the youngsters in town hall from the bigger kids “so they don’t get trampled,” said Cristi Eckert, Information Center Manager.

Ages 3-5 can scramble around the lawn, from Madison to Second Street, where eggs might just appear in trees or behind rocks.

Kids between 6-8 years old will also be looking for prizes like stuffed Easter rabbits and chickens.

Eckert suggests kids older than 8 go to the Copper hunt, as Frisco’s goodies are more suited for younger ones.

At noon, the school bell will ring (as well as a police siren, after about a dozen volunteers have hidden the eggs), and the race is on. An Easter bunny also will be bouncing around town handing out chocolate and toys. (For three years, it was actually a “Jewish Easter Bunny,” Eckert said, as a local resident who’s Jewish dressed up.)

The town has organized the hunt in the past few years; before that, the Frisco Chamber organized it. About 200-800 people turn out, depending on the weather. The last couple years, it’s snowed, which “makes it harder; you can be more creative hiding eggs because they stick like glue,” she said.

Breckenridge has done Spring Fever up big this season, and its egg hunt is just as phenomenal.

The Breckenridge Recreation Center kicks off the fun with its two-day long Great Egg Scramble starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, aimed at kids 0 to 10. Here’s the lineup: 10:15 a.m., Climbing Pit Scramble (ages 0-2), 10:15 a.m. Gym Scramble (ages 3-6), 10:45 a.m. Climbing Pit Scramble (ages 0-2), 10:45 a.m. Gym Scramble (ages 7-10), 11:15 a.m. Pool Scramble (ages 3-6 then 7-10) and 10:15-11:15 a.m. inflatable jumping, bunny visits, jelly bean counting contest and coloring pages. Most eggs contain candy and small toys, but there are a few golden tickets out there, which translate to baskets full of games, toys and other fun prizes. Kids can get their picture taken with the Easter Bunny and pick up goody bags. Plus, the inflatable jungle and obstacle course will be set up on the tennis courts. Last year, about 200 kids showed.

Breckenridge Resort Chamber also starts a hunt, this time for adults, from 5 p.m. to closing, calling it “hoppy hour,” with participating bars in town. The Breckenridge Resort Chamber has ordered about 4,000 eggs to give out to more than 30 local restaurants and businesses. Check out Breck’s Facebook page for a list of businesses.

“The Hoppy Hour eggs are filled with candy, and individual businesses will stuff with them their own prizes,” said Helen Cospolich, marketing director. “Don’t be surprised to find restaurant, retail and lodging specials from the participating businesses.”

Sunday, Breckenridge Ski Resort’s on-mountain egg hunt begins at 9 a.m. on Peak 8.

But prior to that, Sunday begins with the traditional meaning of Easter, with its 6 a.m. Easter service at Quicksilver lift. Then the hunt’s on again starting at 9 a.m., on various runs.

Today, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. is the final Fever Poker Run, beginning at Peak 8’s Guest Services hut, and from 4-6 p.m., the TBar holds the final Friday EpicMixer.

Breck also hosts the inaugural Mascot Olympics, featuring Ripperoo, the Easter bunny and other mascots from across Colorado Saturday from 2-4 p.m. at the base of Peak 8. Before that, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ripperoo holds his Mini-World Cup on Peak 8’s Swinger run. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Mountain Top Children’s Museum organizes free kids’ Easter activities at Peak 8. A closing day Luau and Pig Roast on the TBar patio takes place until 6 p.m. Sunday.

The Easter Bunny arrives at Arapahoe Basin at noon, outside the Snowsports Center, for an Easter Egg Hunt on skis. Both skiing and non-skiing children can participate; skiers go to Wrangler around 1 p.m., and nonskiers start at noon on Molly Hogan.

The mountain holds 2,000 eggs, most with candy. The event is aimed at kids under 13 and draws about 300-400, said Kimberly Trembearth, spokesperson at A-Basin.

So, here’s to hopin’ you and your kids have a keener eye than I.

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