The bunny's back! The Easter Bunny that is. Easter has to be one of my favorite holidays. No pressure to buy gifts for everyone you know, or have ever known, back to at least 3 degrees of separation. No hangover because you drank too much on Easter Eve. No hot and uncomfortable weather because it comes at the beginning of July. No scary 13 year-olds knocking on your door dressed as Dr. Kevorkian shouting "Trick or Treat". You DON'T want to know what the "trick" is. You don't stuff yourself with drumsticks laced with sleep inducing triptofan only to have to make it down to the mall by midnight to catch the Black Friday deals. No, Easter is easy. You might have to get up early to make it to a sunrise service, but then it's Easter egg hunts with the kids, a morning Easter brunch, and all the marshmallow chicks and chocolate eggs you can eat. Nice!
I have great memories of Easter as a kid. A few days before Easter, my Mom would boil eggs and then my sister and I would dip them in colored dye while still warm and place them in holders to dry. On Easter morning, we'd run around the house and the backyard looking for the multi-colored hidden treasures which seemed to be under every bush and behind every piece of furniture. You just knew the next one would magically appear if you just looked a little harder. Your once empty basket would quickly fill with the spoils of your search, eventually overflowing with the eggs you colored just days ago, along with those plastic "mystery eggs" that rattled when you shook them and contained unknown riches. There were giant chocolate bunny's and squishy yellow chicks that tasted every bit as good as Halloween candy. I don't like giving live chicks to kids, but back then this was common on Easter. One Easter we got 2 small, fluffy yellow chicks and my sister and I raised them. They both grew into large, loud and mean roosters. We lived in the suburbs, so roosters crowing at the break of dawn as a natural alarm clock wasn't fully appreciated by the neighbors. When we'd go into the backyard in our shorts, the roosters would attack, viciously pecking our legs and frantically chasing us around until we'd have to run back inside. We took to carrying weapons like broom sticks and baseball bats when we ventured out. How could those awful killing machines have come from those cute tiny peeping chicks? A trip to a local farm finally solved the problem. What are some of your Easter memories?
There's plenty to do for Easter within walking distance of Olympic Village Inn. Here are some ideas.
Sunday, April 8, 2012 - 08:00
Celebrate Easter Sunday with Lake Tahoe as the backdrop while you give thanks and praise. Service starts at 8am and is nondenominational. Aerial Tram rides will be complimentary and will run at 7:30am and 7:45am. No equipment allowed.
April 8, at 10:00
This annual on-mountain Easter egg hunt begins the moment the lifts open on Sunday. Get your Easter basket ready and hunt for colored eggs all over the mountain. This year, one lucky winner will find a GOLDEN EGG. Within the golden egg lies a 2012-13 Bronze season pass. Clues will be provided throughout the day via twitter, the Squaw smartphone app and Facebook.
April 8, at 9 am – 4 pm
Make room in that Easter basket to fit a season pass to Alpine Meadows Ski Resort! Guests will have the chance to comb the mountain for a golden egg containing a Bronze Season Pass in the free Adult Easter Egg Hunt. Hundreds of eggs will be hidden across all of Alpine’s 2400 acres, but only one will be gold. Arrive early, as this all-day hunt will commence when the lifts start moving at 9 a.m., and last until 4 p.m. Children’s Easter Egg Hunts – Children 7 and under are invited to join the Easter Egg Hunt taking place at 10:15am at the Kids Camp Magic Carpet. Children 8 – 13 are invited to join the Easter Egg Hunt taking place at 10:15am at the Magic Carpet located off of Subway Chair.
This next one is not for Easter, but it's a very interesting event this week from the Squaw Valley Institute.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Resort at Squaw Creek
Kenny Broad doesn't shy away from tough physical conditions or tough issues. Through a unique combination of underwater cave exploration, photography and environmental anthropology, he tackles challenging expeditions to unexplored caves and probes controversial problems ranging from climate change to inequity in natural resource management, focusing on the potential use and misuse of scientific information. In 2011, Broad was named “National Geographic's Explorer of the Year,” for his extraordinary achievements in documenting the Blue Holes of the Bahamas. His presentation is exquisitely fun and fascinating, leading us to the unimagined world underwater.
There's still plenty of snow, and Squaw Valley isn't scheduled to close until 4-29, so mix some skiing in with your Easter Sunday. We still have some of the best ski conditions we've seen all year so get out and take advantage of it. Hide some eggs in the forest and take your kids on a snow shoe Easter egg hunt! Easter can be special in the Sierras with a little imagination and you won't be chased by any roosters. Keep up to date with all that's happening at Olympic Village Inn and Olympic Valley for Easter on our Facebook page. Have a great week!