See 150 skiing Santas Skiers and snowboarders dressed as Santa ride a chairlift while participating in Santa Sunday at the Sunday River ski resort, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in Newry, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
See 150 skiing Santas
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Santa and his helpers hit the ski slopes to spread some holiday cheer.
 
All told, a mob of 150 right jolly ol' elves hopped on skis and snowboards for the 16th annual Skiing Santas event at Sunday River ski resort in Newry, Maine.
 
The event serves as a festive kickoff to the holiday season.
 
"It's really fun because everyone is a little wild and crazy," said Catherine Bolender, 53, of Waterboro, who's been participating for about a dozen years. "It's a fun, festive event."
 
Thom Bureau, a snowboarder, agreed that it's chaotic and unforgettable.
 
"When you're on the chairlift, you look back as you're getting off, and the whole chairlift is full of Santas. It's kind of freaky, actually," he said.
 
The event has become so popular that it's difficult to get a ticket.
 
Brad and Heather Cope of Newton Falls, Ohio, said the online registration filled up in 4 minutes on Nov. 30 and they were lucky to make the cut.
 
"We were both on our computers at noon to make sure we got it," said Brad Cope, a former ski instructor who installs swimming pools, while Heather is a Maine native and nurse practitioner.
 
Resort officials say the event raised a little more than $3,000 for the Sunday River Community Fund, a local charity.
 
Participants were required to donate at least $15 to the fund, and in exchange, they were allowed to ski for free and received another lift ticket good through Dec. 18.

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COMMENTS (105)
  • natalier-4-bar
    12/11/2015 - 01:56 a.m.

    The skiing Santa's benefit from this event because, "Participants were required to donate at least $15 to the fund, and in exchange, they were allowed to ski for free and received another lift ticket good through Dec. 18,"(paragraph 11). Even thought the skiing Santa's had to donate $15.00 to participate they still received a free life ticket which was a really nice benefit from doing the event. Not only do the skiers get the free ticket but, they get exposure on their skiing skills and get the joy of being in the event. Benefits aren't always something you can hold. I liked this article because it was cool to learn about other citiies's holiday rituals no matter how weird and funny they are.

    • jasminet-hyl
      12/16/2015 - 11:22 a.m.

      I liked this article too. i also think the picture is really funny. But then again I think their tradition is really cool. I also wonder if all the santa's are men. Or are all of them women or a little bit of both?

      • scottk-hyl
        12/16/2015 - 11:27 a.m.

        I thought they were all men ,but can santa can be a women ? We don't know

  • kbeatty-cel
    12/14/2015 - 09:59 a.m.

    This is a good article that gives plenty of information about the organization. It really shows that people care about the holiday season coming up. Quotes from participants show that people actually enjoy what is going on.

  • stephanieh-hyl
    12/15/2015 - 10:40 a.m.

    Okay...Wait a minute, how in the world did they get 150 santa suits and where can I buy them?

    • antonioo-hyl
      12/15/2015 - 02:10 p.m.

      they got that doe stephinieh thats how they got the santa suits

    • antonioo-hyl
      12/15/2015 - 02:11 p.m.

      I wonder where they got the suits?

      • jasminet-hyl
        12/16/2015 - 11:25 a.m.

        I wonder if the suits are fire proof or water proof? Nobody will ever know.

    • francescav-hyl
      12/15/2015 - 02:17 p.m.

      I know right Steph! Whatever costume store the Santa's went to buy their costumes must've sold out of Santa suits!

    • vinnyf-hyl
      12/15/2015 - 02:19 p.m.

      They probably got them from alley"s or from the guy in Walmart

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