Hundreds enjoy annual Gore Mountain Easter Sunday events

NORTH CREEK - While you might assume record-breaking cold temperatures would slow down any outdoor Easter festivities, it was quite the opposite on Sunday when Gore Mountain hosted its annual Easter Egg Hunt and Sunrise Service. According to Gore Mountain General Manager, Mike Pratt, the egg-hunt has been a tradition for, 'At least 10 years,' and actually drew a bigger crowd this year. It also helped to attract a large number of skiers to the family friendly event due to the number of trails still open. Mark Anderson, who for the last eight years has been Gore Mountain's "Egg-Man," skied down the mountain at 1 p.m., to lead the children on the hunt. Hundreds of children met at the "bunny hill," where they split into two age groups, and were set free for the hunt. In less than 15 minutes, over a thousand plastic eggs filled with candy and prizes were discovered. "The kids all have a blast," Anderson says, and Gore Mountain's staff always looks forward to making the event happen each year. Officiated by the Rev. Wayne Schoonmaker, more than 300 people attended a 7 a.m. sunrise religious service at the top of the gondola line. "The service was beautiful," commented local community member Rhonda Dunkley. This will mark the second year of Centerplate's involvement, adding to the festivities an Easter breakfast after the service and before the Egg Hunt. Visitors, staff, and the kids all agreed the annual Gore Mountain Easter events were improving each year, and ranked as a community favorite.

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