Winter Notes: Easter brings ski season to a colorful endBy MEGHAN McCARTHY McPHAUL April 13. 2017 7:48PM
Easter imagery is full of blooming flowers and the bright colors of spring, but in New Hampshire the Easter Bunny skis. This year, the famous rabbit will have a choice of areas still open with good coverage, and rumor has it he’ll be hiding eggs at some of these.
Cannon Mountain, Wildcat, Bretton Woods, Loon, and Waterville will be spinning the lifts through the weekend, and Black Mountain will re-open for Saturday only. This will be the last hurrah for all but Wildcat, which hopes to stay open weekends into May.
Loon Mountain hosts an Easter Sunrise Service at the top of Loon Peak on Sunday. The free, non-denominational service is open to all, but an early morning is required; the gondola begins loading at 5:15 a.m., with the last ride departing at 5:45 a.m.
Watching the world wake up from the top of a mountain is a pretty amazing way to kick of the day, and a few hundred people typically join this annual Easter tradition at Loon. A light breakfast at the Summit Café follows the service, and participants are welcome to ski down the mountain afterwards or download on the gondola.
Loon also holds a series of Easter egg hunts Sunday for kids of various ages. The littlest egg hunters, those aged 3 and under, will search the lift corral of the Seven Brothers Triple beginning at 8:30 a.m. The egg hunt for kids from 4 to 6 years old kicks off at 9:30, slopeside in front of The Mountain Club. Kids 7 and up are invited to look for Easter eggs beginning at 10:30 in the Burton Lil’ Stash terrain park off the Lower Bear Claw trail. Details at www.loonmtn.com.
Early risers may also attend the non-denominational Sunrise Service at the top of Mt. Tecumseh at Waterville Valley Resort. The service begins at 5:45 a.m. and is accessed by the White Peaks Express Chair, which opens at 5:15 a.m. Kids age 12 and under are invited to join the Easter Egg hunt on the lower mountain beginning at 9 a.m. For more information, visit www.waterville.com.
The Easter Bunny is also expected to hide eggs at Wildcat and Bretton Woods Sunday morning. The Easter egg hunt at Bretton Woods (www.brettonwoods.com) begins as soon as the ski area opens, with candy-filled eggs hidden in the Learning Center and Base Lodge.
At Wildcat, kids 12 and under may search for eggs beginning at noon on the slopes around the learning area. These aren’t all your typical Easter eggs; they’ll contain everything from candy to stickers, and one lucky egg seeker will grab an egg holding a 2017-2018 season pass.
Other events this weekend include pond skimming at both Cannon (www.cannonmt.com) and Wildcat (www.skiwildcat.com) on Saturday. Black Mountain (www.blackmt.com) is offering $10 lift tickets Saturday and free skiing for folks with season passes at other ski areas.
Bretton Woods extends its season one extra day – Patriot’s Day. To celebrate the beginning of the country and the end of ski season, lift tickets are $17.76 Monday, April 17.
Whether you’re looking for Easter eggs or just seeking a few more turns, this weekend is ski season’s grand finale. And who knows? You may even catch a glimpse of the Easter Bunny as he hippity-hops – or skis – back down the bunny trail.
Winter Notes is published on Fridays during ski season. Contact Meghan McCarthy McPhaul at email@example.com.