Steamboat Springs Armed with a riddle for a clue, skiers and riders set out for one of the most rewarding Easter egg hunts in the valley Sunday, but only three people came up with the goods.
It was the annual Easter egg hunt for a free 2002-2003-season pass from the Steamboat Ski Area.
At 8 a.m. participants picked up their riddle at the information center and began searching for one of three large eggs, placed somewhere on the mountain.
Children aged 12 and younger, teenagers from 13 to 18 years old, and adults set out after three different eggs all worth a season pass for their age group.
"We had a load of people out this year," said Audrey Small, of Steamboat Ski Resort Corp.
Ron Wackowski, of Vernal, Utah, found the adult pass near the intersection of Calf Roper and Triangle runs. He used clues that hinted of the agricultural heritage in the Yampa Valley.
For the teenagers, Morrison resident Michael Rayner found the egg hidden near Storm Peak Laboratory at the top of Morningside lift. He deciphered clues that told of the coolest place on the mountain, as well as a place where storms love.
Local girl Jamie Stanford was the winner in the children's search.
"Stay skiers left of right, don't come up short, laugh all you want, but please don't snort," the riddle read, hinting at the egg location near Giggle Gulch.
To reach Doug Crowl call 871-4204 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.