Photos Courtesy Park City Mountain Resort
Oh Dang! The end is near. April started out strong, but our slopes were no match for an August-like sun. We had two of the best powder days of the year in the first week of the month and now it is 60 degrees. Boo hoo. And so it ends.
After Easter Sunday only two Utah resorts remain standing… so to speak.
Alta will reopen for two, three-day weekends – April 25-27 and May 2-4. Lift tickets will be $50 for adults and $25 for kids. Snowbird plans to hold out daily until May 11 and then open on weekends only until Memorial Day.
This weekend, however, rather than bemoan our sorry demise, get out and party. Closing day at Park City Mountain Resort is destined to go down in the history books as the bash of all Easter bashes. The culmination of the Resort’s 50th anniversary and the tumult of legalese begins with coffee, hot chocolate and pastries on the plaza before the 9 a.m. annual bunny sighting and kids Easter egg hunt in the Korral (for 6 and under) and the All-Mountain Egg Hunt for older peeps.
Two Golden Eggs worth two, 2014-15 season passes are stashed somewhere on the mountain. PCMR has been posting clues on Facebook and Twitter to their whereabouts since April 16. In addition to the hot eggs, thousands of others are rumored to be peppered throughout the area filled with prizes from T-shirts to alpine coaster passes. You best get up early if you have any hope of discovering an egg. In a decade of hunting I have yet to recover a single orb. One year, a very nice kid with a lapful of eggs gave me one out of pity.
The day (and season) will end with the final Miller Lite Après Concert series event: live music by Junior & Transportation in the resort plaza from 2 – 4 p.m. This band has graced the stage with such talent as John Popper, The Cult, DJ Logic, Galactic, Global Noize, Bernie Worrell, Mike Clark, Jason Miles, Danny Louis, Eric McFadden, Jerry Joseph, Wally Ingram and Dave Schools of Widespread Panic. The concert is not one to be missed.
Snowbird, Alta, Brighton and Snowbasin are throwing their own egg hunts if you can’t make it to PCMR.
Snowbird’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt starts with a pancake breakfast at 7:30 a.m. in the Rendezvous Restaurant and a 9 a.m. hunt for children up to 11 years of age in Chickadee Bowl. When you finish at The Bird, head up to Alta for the 11 a.m. hunt on the Albion deck in front of Alta Java. The Easter Bunny will be there for photo opps.
Over in Big Cottonwood, dress like the Easter Bunny Sunday for a free lift ticket to Brighton. The Annual Easter Egg Hunt starts at 9 a.m. at the Explorer Lift.
Finally, Snowbasin’s Annual Hunt is open to kids up to 12. It starts at 10 a.m. on the north-east side of the Grizzly Center.