Easter celebrations are a fantastic way to enrich your ski holiday in the USA. Whether you are in Colorado or Utah, California or Wyoming, there is a little something for everyone. And you’ll never be short on chocolate!
During this period, the weather is generally warmer, the slopes tend to be emptier and prices are lower due to the American school holidays being prior to Easter.
So to help you enjoy the festivities, here’s an Eggcellent list of things going on in the American ski resorts during Easter!
At Easter, family activities are important, especially ones that include the Easter bunny! So resorts all over the USA cater for this important part of many kids’ childhoods, making sure they really embrace these celebrations and make them family friendly.
A huge part of this is the gigantic Easter egg hunts which are put on every year for skiers and non-skiers. Breckenridge litters the mountains with 10,000 Easter eggs, while Beaver Creek provides 5,000 eggs that get refreshed frequently so that no one goes home empty handed. Lionshead village at Vail even provides the opportunity for an Easter bunny photo shoot.
Kids are taken care of fully during this period. For example Beaver Creek host SpringFest, which features a vast amount of kids activities. The SpringFest characters tell stories and lead the kids’ parade. Figure skating, magic and juggling shows are on offer, plus the "kids creation station", where they can create pipe cleaner bugs, flowers, butterflies & more!
Likewise, Keystone’s Kidtopia is a festival dedicated to children with fun-filled experiences that can be enjoyed by the whole family. As the sun gets stronger in the spring months, the fun continues with the maze, sled rides, firework displays and the world’s largest Snow Fort.
Families in ski resorts during springtime will not go without entertainment.
For all the music lovers out there a wide range of events for all tastes are held every spring. Aspen Snowmass host the Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series that brings with it 5 huge concerts from many different genres.
Similarly, with the seasonal change comes a Spring Concert Series from Park City where the village is serenaded during après ski. Jackson Hole’s Music Under the Tram presents acts where you can rock out underneath the infamous “Big Red” lift.
For those with a more competitive streak, there are mountains of activities to enjoy.
Pond skimming is a popular sporting pursuit which comes at the end of the season, so can be experienced if Easter falls at the right time. In the mountains the resorts build ponds for this crazy activity. Watch the professionals at Vail’s World Skimming Championships or have a go yourself as part of Park City’s Spring Grüv and attempt to skim across the huge 100ft pond.
And if this madness isn’t enough then you can go ahead and try out Steamboat’s Cardboard Classsic or Aspen’s Schneetag, where participants hurtle down the slopes to a messy finish in the most creative homemade cardboard creations.
Food, of course, is a huge part of Easter celebrations worldwide, so it is only appropriate for Vail to exhibit the best of their cuisine during this time. The “Taste of Vail” events range from seminars on Paella & Spanish wine, to Mountain Top Tasting held at 10,000ft above sea level.
There is something for all you gourmet lovers out there, so make sure you don’t miss out. Vail is not the only resort to celebrate food during Easter time; Breckenridge has their own Spring Fever beer festival which includes live bands, karaoke and a variety of food vendors as well as 40+ breweries.
If none of this suits your pallet then there are more traditional celebrations held at every ski resort. Aspen holds Easter brunches with optional Mimosas, in the Little Nell, Hotel Jerome and bb’s, for example.
You can also find interdenominational services across the USA, Vail hold a service at the top of Vail Mountain, complete with beverages, pastries as well as the beautiful sunrise itself. Equally, participants at Breckenridge congregate at the bottom of the Quicksilver lift to pilgrimage to the summit to watch the sunrise and pray/praise/say thanks in whichever way you may prefer.
Irrefutably, there is an adventure for everyone during the Easter holidays, proving that just because the end of the season is approaching, does not mean that the resorts slow down whatsoever.
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