Hunt will benefit SSWSC

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An Easter treasure hunt Sunday on Mount Werner will benefit the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

For a fee of $5, skiers and snowboarders will have the chance to win more than 15 prizes including 2005-06 adult and youth season passes -- one each -- to the Steamboat Ski Area.

Other Easter events: The ministerial association will sponsor the "Ecumenical Stations of the Cross," a commemoration of Christ's journey with the cross. The event begins at 12:15 p.m. today at the United Methodist Church. Participants will walk with a cross to various locations in Old Town, stopping at specific places to pray. An Easter Sunrise Service is at 6:45 a.m. Sunday on Mount Werner. The gondola opens at 6 a.m. to take worshippers up the mountain, and those wishing to participate are encouraged to be ready to load by 6 a.m. Tim Selby, associate pastor at the United Methodist Church, will lead the sunrise service. Steamboat's 30th annual Easter Egg Hunt is at 11 a.m. Saturday at Howelsen Hill. The event is for children ages 3 to 9. Children should bring baskets and mud boots. Hayden's Easter egg hunt is at 11 a.m. Saturday in Hayden Town Park for children in third grade and younger. Children should bring baskets. Oak Creek will host an Easter Festival on Saturday in Decker Park. Events include an Easter bonnet contest at 10:30 a.m. and an Easter egg hunt at 11 a.m. Two area churches will show Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ." The movie will be shown at 7 p.m. today at Euzoa Bible Church and at 7:30 p.m. today at the Hayden Congregational Church. Easter church services: Steamboat Christian Center, 821 Dougherty Road, has a Good Friday service at 6:30 p.m. today. Easter morning service is at 10 a.m. The First Baptist Church's Easter service begins at 8:30 a.m. and is followed by a brunch at 10 a.m. The church is at 3200 Divine Way. Anchor Way Baptist Church, 40650 Anchor Way, will have Easter morning services at 8:45 and 10:45 a.m. The church's Spanish language service is at 6 p.m. Sunday. Hayden's Mission of Grace Baptist Church Easter service is at 10:30 a.m. Holy Name Catholic Church, 524 Oak St., will hold Mass of the Lord's Supper at 7 p.m. today, a Celebration of the Lord's Passion at 5:30 p.m. today, and Solemn Mass of the Easter Vigil at 7 p.m. Saturday. Easter Masses are scheduled at 8 a.m., 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Oak Creek will host a Celebration of the Lord's Passion at 7 p.m. today. Easter Mass is at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The Steamboat Church of Christ, 1698 W. Lincoln Ave., hosts a worship service at 6 p.m. Sunday. Concordia Lutheran Church, 755 Concordia Lane, will hold a Good Friday Service at 7 p.m. today. Easter Sunrise Service is at 6:30 a.m. with a breakfast to follow. The church also has services at 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. And the church will host an Easter egg hunt from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday. St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Ninth and Oak streets, will host a Good Friday liturgy at 7 p.m. today. The Great Vigil of Easter is at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Festival Eucharist is at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday. The United Methodist Church, Eighth and Oak streets, will host Celia Whitler in concert at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The church will host its sunrise service at 6:45 a.m. Sunday on Mount Werner. Easter services also are at 9:30 and 11 a.m. at the church. Euzoa Bible Church will hold Easter services at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. at the church's campus in Strawberry Park. There will be no Euzoa@Night service at the high school. The Steamboat Springs Evangelical Free Church meets at 10 a.m. Sunday at Christian Heritage School. The Hayden Congregational Church will host a sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. Sunday at the Hayden Cemetery. A breakfast will be served at 7 a.m., followed by a worship service at 10:30 a.m. at the church, 202 E. Jefferson Ave. The Seventh Day Adventist Church, 347 12th St., hosts worship service at 11 a.m. Sunday. An interdenominational Easter Service will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday at the North Routt Community Charter School. Call Tom at 734-7345.

Registration starts at 8 a.m. Sunday at the Winter Sports Club tent across from the Gondola building.

Participants will receive an entry form for a prize drawing and a clue leading them to the first of four sites on the mountain. They will pick up additional clues and entry forms at each site.

Treasure hunters must be able to ski or ride blue runs.

They will be able to collect as many as five entry forms for the drawing, which will be held at 4 p.m. at the base area tent.

Completed entry forms must be turned in at the tent by 3:30 p.m. Winners do not need to be present to claim prizes, and each participant can win only one prize.

Other prizes include a round-trip airline ticket, a pair of skis, outerwear and gift certificates.

"This process is definitely a nice fun activity for folks cruising around the mountain," said Rick DeVos, director of the Winter Sports Club.

The treasure hunt is a variation of an Easter egg hunt formerly hosted by the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation, which hid two eggs containing season passes on the mountain.

The resort handed the event over to the nonprofit Winter Sports Club, which trains youths in Nordic, Alpine and freestyle skiing and snowboarding programs.

"It's obviously another great show of support from them for youth in the community," DeVos said.

Almost 1,000 youths are participating in the club this year. The students pay no more than 60 percent of coaching and costs. The club raises the rest of the money through fund-raisers held throughout the year, DeVos said.

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