Cold weather is moving in, the temps are dropping, snowmakers are punching in and snow is falling from the sky. Winter is upon us and the race to open is underway. Sunday River was the first to put an Opening Day on the calendar, marking Monday Oct. 19th as the start of ski season. Less than 24 hours later, the Beast of the East, Killington Resort announced it would also be opening… a day earlier… for season pass holders and then to the general public on Monday.
On the other side of the country, Copper Mountain, Arapahoe Basin and Loveland have also been in the snowmaking game. The cold weather has been a little more allusive in the Rockies, but it’s only a matter of time before the temps drop, the snow flies and we’re making turns.
I received an email with a subject line that read “Eenie Weenie Bikini Contest.” Two thoughts immediately went through my mind. 1) I thought my friend’s email account got hacked. 2) Crap. Someone went far back into my Facebook profile and found some questionable photos.
Luckily, it was something different. Behind door number 3 was the formal invitation from Copper Mountain to be a judge at the resort’s 3rd annual Eenie Weenie Bikini Contest.
Ski resorts celebrate Easter in a big way. Thousands of pastel colored eggs filled with candy litter the snow, parking lots, base lodges, rental shops, food courts… And the kids love it. Sometimes even adults get in on the action (for a motivation greater than jelly beans, of course). If you find the golden egg at Mount Snow, you’ll get a free season pass.
But at Copper Mountain and Breckenridge, long gone are the days when kids actually had to hunt for eggs during an Easter Egg Hunt. Now, it’s basically a group clean up effort. They kind of just… pick them up… and try not to sprain their ankle in the process. Welp, it’s only a matter of time before these kids learn hunting for jobs is a little trickier. 😉