Santa and his helpers hit the ski slopes to spread some holiday cheer.
All told, a mob of 150 jolly ol' elves hopped on skis and snowboards for the 16th annual Skiing Santas event. It was held 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. She has been participating for about a dozen years. "It's a fun, festive event."
Thom Bureau is a snowboarder and agreed that it's chaotic. It's also 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 are from Newton Falls, Ohio. They said the online registration filled up in 4 minutes on Nov. 30. The Copes were lucky to make the cut.
"We were both on our computers at noon to make sure we got it," said Brad Cope. He is a former ski instructor who installs swimming pools. 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. It is a local charity.
Participants were required to donate at least $15 to the fund. In exchange, they were allowed to ski for free and received another lift ticket good through Dec. 18.
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