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Easter Sunrise Service 2010

Tue Apr 13, 2010

Easter has to be one of our favorite weekends of this year, and 2010 was no exception!

On Friday night, we kicked off the weekend with a cupcake decorating and crafts party.  Lots of Easter cupcakes, lots of decorations and all sorts of springtime crafts.  We even showed the classic, “It’s The Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown”.

On Saturday afternoon, after skiing, we hosted our annual Easter egg hunt with prizes for everyone.  Some years we’ve had snow and some years we haven’t, but it’s always been fun!  After dinner, we had our 13th annual Easter bonfire, complete with s’mores, hot chocolate, beer & wine—and Peeps to roast, of course.

Sunday morning brought Crystal’s Easter Sunrise Service.  This is one of those things you ought to do at least once in your life.  Trust us—it’s one of those experiences you will be talking about in your 80’s.  It is just so incredible. 

We loaded the lifts early, between 5 and 5:30 a.m. for the ride to the top.  The moon was still out, and the temperatures very cold, on our ride up.  As we went up the mountain, the moon started to set.

At the summit, the Summit House Bistro was open for coffee and snacks and it was a welcome warming place before the actual service began.  As we waited, we watched the changing sky and the gorgeous pink glow that lit up Powder Bowl and Mt. Rainier.

The Protestant minister and Catholic priest called everyone outside just before sunrise, and everyone gathered on the snowy slope looking towards East Peak.  The service started right as the sun rose above East Peak, and the feeling and emotion in the crowd was incredible.  Everyone sang hymns, recited verses and listened to a short sermon.  (It was cold, after all!)

After the sermon, foot passengers loaded the lifts for the ride back down, or there was an optional Easter brunch in the Summit House.  We had brought our skis with us, so we waited for the “all clear” from ski patrol and got first tracks down the mountain. 

We also heard from our guests that, all through the weekend, the Easter bunny was out on the slopes passing out Easter goodies.

Make plans now to come up next year.  The weekend is one you and your family will never forget.


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