Outdoors

Weekend Getaway for April 2

EASTER AT CRYSTAL

WHAT: The word “canceled” is plastered all over the events page on the Crystal Mountain Resort website. A particularly weak winter and early spring has not been kind to the Northwest ski industry. Still, the resort plans to go ahead with some of its traditional Easter events. The top of the ski area is a tough place when it comes to celebrating Easter. This is where the ski area holds its sunrise interdenominational service. After the service, visitors are free to hit the slopes when the ski area opens at 9 a.m. A brunch begins at 7 a.m. Reservation are required for brunch and those without reservations must travel back down the mountain on the gondola. Once the skiing starts, the Easter Bunny is scheduled to hit the slopes. Those who can catch it will be rewarded. He reportedly has deep pockets loaded with candy. An afternoon Easter egg hunt for children 10 and younger will be held at the Alpine Inn.

WHEN: The service is scheduled to start at 6:35 a.m. The gondola will run from 6:05-6:20 a.m. to shuttle visitors to the service. The Easter egg hunt is at 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: Crystal Mountain Resort.

GETTING THERE: Follow state Route 410 through Enumclaw and Greenwater to Crystal Mountain Boulevard. Turn left and follow the road to the ski area.

COST: Lift tickets are required. Ticket prices have varied this year, depending on how much of the resort is open. One round-trip ride on the gondola is $20 for those 16 and older, $15 ages 7-15 and $5 for those 6 and younger.

DETAILS: For children to participate in the Easter egg hunt, parents must take 12 candy-filled eggs to the Alpine Inn by 11 a.m. The ski area is open to until 4 p.m.

INFORMATION: crystalmountainresort.com.

Craig Hill, craig.hill@thenewstribune.com

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