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Epic Easter egg hunts around the world

Katie Jones
Digital Reporter

Saturday, April 4, 2015, 6:00 AM - It's that time of year again. With Easter comes a long-standing tradition -- and the thrill of the hunt.

Outside of your own backyard, locations around the world have raised the stakes when it comes to scavenging for delicious chocolate eggs.

So before you grab your basket and head out this weekend, get inspired by these epic Easter egg hunts from around the world.

Copper Mountain: The world's largest Easter egg hunt

It's an annual holiday tradition that's more in tune with visions of Santa Claus than the Easter Bunny.

The largest organized Easter egg hunt on Earth takes place on a snowy mountainside west of Denver, Colorado.

Youngsters clamor for 65,000 coloured eggs hidden among the ski slopes and the resort's village square, in an area spanning just over 1,000 hectares.

Discovery Bay Easter Egg-citement

From one extreme Easter egg hunt to the next.

If digging in the snow isn't your ideal setting for an egg hunt, you may want to hop on over to Hong Kong's annual festival.

Children are encouraged to leave the baskets at home, and pack a plastic pail and shovel for this one. The event features 30,000 eggs hidden in the sand of Tai Pak Beach, and a custom-made 15-metre high Easter egg.

Those lucky enough to find the buried treasure on the beach may want to eat it in a hurry.

With a temperature high of 25 degrees forecast for event day, chances are those eggs won't stay solid for long.

White House Easter Egg Roll

While it's not technically a hunt, the annual event offers ample opportunity to work off the chocolate eggs and bunnies on Easter Monday.

The Egg Roll is actually a race. A historical American tradition, it dates back to the first occasion in 1878.
More than 35,000 people take over the front lawn of the presidential residence in Washington, D.C. to roll eggs across the grass using a long-handled spoon.

The Egg Roll has undergone a makeover in recent years, transformed by First Lady Michelle Obama into a day to promote healthy eating and exercise.

Hunt for Fabergé eggs at Harrods

Forget painted eggs and chocolate. This British hunt is made for the adults.

Harrods department store makes a splash on the Easter scene each year with the quest for famous inedible treasures -- Fabergé eggs.

Participants must locate six giant Fabergé eggs, hidden throughout the London store, and track their finds via a smartphone app.

The top prize is a jewel encrusted, egg-shaped pendant.

It's not chocolate, but it's not too shabby either.

Truro Easter Egg Hunt

Easter egg hunts in the snow are simply a fact of life if you happen to live in Canada.

But even the most winter-hardy Canadians can appreciate the dedication required to host a hunt among mounds of snow left behind by recent storms in the Maritimes.

In Nova Scotia, the 6th annual Truro easter egg hunt went ahead this year -- despite more than 100 centimetres of snow on the ground.

Organizers made the best of the situation, transforming knee-deep snow piles into a fun-filled maze.

About 350 children braved the cold in their quest for chocolate, though the hunt typically draws about 1,000 participants.

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