See 150 skiing Santas
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 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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How do the skiing Santas benefit from this event?
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COMMENTS (222)
  • charank-sch
    12/10/2015 - 03:45 p.m.

    Who: Santas
    What:skiing
    When: on, November 20
    Where: in snowing area
    Why: because they like to ski
    How: they learned skiing

    • roughinj-jac
      12/18/2015 - 06:10 p.m.

      @charank-sch, I don't think you should of put a comment on a 5 w's. Of course, the 5 w's do show information, but it could definitely use more description. You can just convert the 5 w's to a nice paragraph by just putting some words in between each of the 5 w's, and making sure they fit in with each other. I hope you liked my advice:).

  • summerc-1-bar
    12/10/2015 - 04:07 p.m.

    The skiing Santas benefit from this event because, as paragraph one says, "Santa and his helpers hit the ski slopes to spread some holiday cheer." In paragraph four, it is said to be fun and exciting, "'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.'"
    Honestly, if I were there, I would have been a little freaked out about 150 people dressing up as Santa and skiing...

  • sofiap-3-bar
    12/10/2015 - 05:01 p.m.

    The skiing Santas benefit from this event because everybody has to only donate $15 to a charity and they will all get another free lift ticket that is good through December 18th. I chose this article because the photo looked pretty funny.

  • lilyr-4-bar
    12/10/2015 - 06:01 p.m.

    The skiing Santas benefit from this event by having fun, volunteering for their community, and getting exercise. This is shown when it says, "'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."' I found this article interesting and surprising because
    I didn't know that this event existed, and it's a great way to help their community.

  • colek-1-bar
    12/10/2015 - 07:15 p.m.

    The skiing Santas get the benefit of having fun, and paying a low admission rate for this event. In paragraph 5, a snowboarder says it is,"chaotic. It's also unforgettable." This reveals how much fun snowboarders and skiers have on the slopes. Skiing and snowboarding with friends and family in Santa costumes while having a free admission is described as unforgettable. Having fun with friends and family should never be missed, especially while doing something you love in silly costumes. That is the benefit the skiing Santas get from this event. I thought this article was hilarious and found the free admission rate very surprising.

  • tialden-1-bar
    12/10/2015 - 07:47 p.m.

    Skiing Santas benefit from this event because they get to ski all day for free, have fun, and also get a free lift ticket. This event where People dress up and ski is a charity that is very popular. The charity raises about $3000 for the Sunday River Commuinty Fund. I found this article cool because I would like to see 150 santas ski.

    • sabrinar-jac
      12/18/2015 - 01:56 p.m.

      I agree with tialden-1-bar's comment because it's fun to see about 150 skiing santa's getting ready for the holiday season. This also does help raise for chairty because with a $15 donation you get a free ticket and a extra ticket.

  • karliw-1-bar
    12/10/2015 - 07:58 p.m.

    There is something strange, yet something so genuine about 150 Maine-natives dressing up as Santas and skiing around for charity.
    "It's really fun because everyone is a little wild and crazy," said Catherine Bolender, 53, of Waterboro. But the Santas don't just benefit from skiing around like a bunch of holiday lunatics; they benefit from the more than $3,000 for the Sunday River Community Fund, a local charity in Maine. Every person attending is required to contribute at least a $15 donation for the cause of the local charity. And, once the $15 "fee" is payed, the guests attending earn free skiing and a lift ticket good until December 18th.

  • milok-3-bar
    12/10/2015 - 08:35 p.m.

    The skiing Santas benefit from this event because they get to ski for free after paying a $15 donation and also get another free one day lift ticket. I think it is very nice of the ski lift people to host this fundraiser so they can help out the local community. The Santa skiers also benefit by spreading the Christmas cheer.

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