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From the sublime to the hilarious, Easter weekend on Crystal Mountain promises a memorable time

DATE: 3/18/09



Carol Zahorsky

Public Relations for Visit Rainier


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Pre-dawn chairlift ride to the summit for a non-denominational sunrise service and dummies flying downhill to benefit the Crystal Mountain Fire Department are just two of the offerings over the April 11 to 12 weekend.< /em>< /p>

CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN (At Mt. Rainier), Wash. – March 18, 2009 – Easter Weekend on Crystal Mountain will offers celebration and good times on April 11 and 12. Here are the highlights:< /p>

Easter Sunrise Service, Sunday, April 12, 5 to 7 AM — Skiers and snowboarders with lift tickets and non-ticketed non-skiers can take a series of chairlifts predawn to the Summit House, warm up and then head back outside to celebrate Easter morning with an inspiring, non-denominational slope-side service, while the sun rises over the mountain top. After the service, have a light breakfast with family and newfound friends at The Summit House, then ski or ride the chairlift back down the mountain for Sunday brunch, an Easter egg hunt and /or a day of skiing. The service is free to all; chairlift rides are $5 for foot passengers.< /p>

Mountain Challenge Dummy Downhill, Saturday, April 11, 1PM — Join in the fun by watching or entering a dummy (no pulses, please) on skis or a snowboard to take a non-guided, steep run downhill, including a jump. Teams of up to four people can enter for prizes and a commemorative t-shirt. Registration will take place from 7:30 to 10:30AM. Registration fee is $50 per team with proceeds benefiting Crystal Mountain Fire Department. For more information, visit< /p>

Easter Bunny On Skis — Look for the Easter Bunny traversing the slopes on Sunday, April 12.< /p>

Lodging and restaurants at and near the mountain will be offering special activities and packages as well. They are as follows:< /p>

  • Easter Brunch< /strong> will be served at The Alpine Inn Restaurant from 7:30 to noon, April 12. Cost for this full service brunch is $20 for adults. Call 888-754-6400 to make a reservation;< /li>
  • Easter Egg Hunts< /strong> will take place around the Alpine Inn starting at noon on April 12. Parents are asked to drop off candy-filled eggs in advance. Alta Crystal Resort will host its 12 annual Easter Egg Hunt for candy and prizes on their tree-lined great lawn for their guests in the late afternoon of April 11, followed by an Easter Eve Bonfire, replete with s’more fixings including marshmallow peeps; < /li>
  • Alta Crystal Resort will kick off the celebration for their guests early with a free bonfire and s’mores on Thursday, April 9 and complimentary cupcake decorating and a Warren Miller movie on the evening of April 10. Please call 800-277-6475 for reservations and more information;< /li>
  • Alta Crystal Resort is offering an Easter Getaway package for the weekend that includes all activities and amenities (including hot tub and heated pool) at Alta Crystal Resort, two lift tickets ($120 value), and two nights lodging in a One Bedroom Fireplace Suite (suitable for two adults and two children under age 12) for $200 per night, plus tax. Loft Suites, accommodating up to four adults and two children, are available for and extra $40 more per night. For reservations, please call 800-277-6475;< /li>
  • Crystal Mountain Hotels is offering an Easter Sunrise Package for $175 (plus tax) for the night of April 11, double occupancy, or $260 (plus tax) for a family of up to four. In addition to accommodations, the package includes Easter Sunrise Service, Alpine Inn Brunch and the Easter Egg Hunt. For reservations, please call 888-754-6400;< /li>
  • Crystal Mountain Lodging Suites is offering an all-inclusive package for families over the Easter weekend. The package includes two nights in a condominium suite, Easter Sunrise Service, Easter Brunch at the Summit House, and lift tickets. Rates start at $450 (plus tax) for two people or $600 (plus tax) for a family of four. For details or to make a reservation, please call 888-ON THE MT or 360-663-2558.< /li>
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    Since March 1, 105 inches of snow has fallen on Crystal Mountain, Washington’s largest ski area. < /p>

    With snow-capped Mount Rainier as its focal point, the Rainier region offers a range of mountain vacation experiences from the simple enjoyment of alpine forests, fresh air, and breathtaking scenery to extreme adventure sports. The area is rich in places to discover and encompasses communities from Chinook Pass to Crystal Mountain, Ashford and Elbe, near the Nisqually entrance, to Morton and Packwood. For more information on upcoming events and vacationing in the Mount Rainier region, please access< /p>

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