As of Friday, April 4, 2014
MT. RAINIER – Enjoy brunch in the national park, rejoice in the sunrise during an Easter service at 6,800 feet, ski with the Easter Bunny or travel by train to an egg hunt.
These are just some of the special Easter activities found around Mt. Rainier. Making it even more tempting is that April 19 and 20 are free admission days at Mt. Rainier National Park.
Easter weekend, April 18-20, is full of entertainment at Alta Crystal Resort.
Friday night, guests will enjoy a cupcake and crafts party followed by the movie “It’s the Easter Beagle Charlie Brown”.
Saturday afternoon, there will be an egg hunt with prizes for everyone. Later that evening try roasting Peeps™ at the community bonfire. S’mores, wine, beer and hot chocolate will also be served. In addition to the fun, discounted spring room rates apply.
Another fun option is to hop aboard the Bunny Express at the Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad depot in Elbe on Saturday, April 19. Riders will be whisked away on a vintage steam engine through the forest and foothills south of Mt. Rainier. Spot the Easter Bunny along the way to Mineral where kids will have a chance to search for eggs filled with treats.
The Bunny Express fills up fast, so hop to it and reserve tickets early. For more information visit www.mrsr.org.
On Sunday, April 20, catch a predawn ride up to Crystal Mountain Resort’s summit for the Sunrise Easter Service, an inter-denominational observance. The ticket windows will be open between 5:25 and 5:45 a.m. and participants upload on to the Mt. Rainier Gondola between 5:30 and 5:50 a.m. sharp.
Regular scenic or ski lift gondola rates apply and no reservations are required. Skiing and riding down will have to wait until the mountain opens during its regular hours. Later that day, the Easter Bunny will be shredding the slopes with pockets full of candy.
Also on Easter Sunday, the Alpine Inn at Crystal Mountain will host its annual Easter brunch followed by a snow-covered Easter egg hunt starting at 12:30 p.m. Children 10 and younger are welcome to participate in the hunt. Parents are asked to bring 12 candy-filled eggs to the Alpine Inn by 11 a.m.
The National Park Inn is also serving Easter brunch from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 360-569-2411.
Plans are also underway at the White Pass Ski Area, which offers an Easter egg hunt for kids 12 and younger on April 20. Meet at 11 a.m. behind the buildings at High Camp.
For complete information on vacationing around Mt. Rainier, see visitrainier.com.