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Easter skiing and mountaintop sunrise services

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Well it seems really early this year, but Easter weekend is here! We're going to do some skiing this weekend. Are you?

If you are headed to the slopes in Vermont and want to enjoy a unique tradition, roll out of bed extra early on Sunday to take in a sunrise Easter service. The ski resorts hold these at the top of the mountain, so if the weather is good you can get an inspiring view, and a nice early morning ski run.

So far, the weekend weather is looking clear and lovely (what a treat!) But be sure to bundle up because you'll be saying your prayers outside!

The following Vermont ski resorts are holding mountaintop celebrations:

  • Smugglers' Notch
  • Stowe Mountain Resort
  • Sugarbush Resort

These and other resorts also offer fun for the kids, such as Easter egg hunts on skis. Here's the scoop on the Easter sunrise services from the ski resort Web sites.

Smugglers' Notch will host a free, non-denominational sunrise service and Easter message by a local minister atop (outdoors) Sterling Mountain. Loading on the Sterling Lift from 6 - 6:30 a.m. No loading past 6:30 am. You will be able to take the chairlift down or ski/ride down.

Stowe Mountain Resort reports that on Easter Sunday, the Stowe Community Church will give a non-denominational service atop Mt. Mansfield that will start at 6:48 a.m. The Gondola will open to the public at 5:15 a.m. It will close at 6:30 until the end of the service. People attending the service will be given a ticket valid to ski/ride until 8:30 a.m. on the Gondola. No dogs allowed.

Sugarbush promotes getting up early and taking the Super Bravo lift at Lincoln Peak to Allyn's Lodge for its non-denominational sunrise service, which will start at about 7:30 a.m. Get to the lift by 7:15 a.m. Enjoy another ride down Super Bravo afterwards, or just strap on your skis or board and make your own way down.

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