SKIING SANTAS TACKLE THE SLOPES
newry, maine» Whether he’s called Santa Claus, Father Christmas or Pere Noel, he had a slew of jolly, red-suited lookalikes hit the ski slopes on Sunday in Maine.
About 180 Saint Nick wannabes participated in the fundraising event hosted by Sunday River that was not for the faint of heart: The group tackled more challenging terrain than the traditional bunny slope during the 18th annual Santa Sunday.
Predictably, a few tumbled, but no Santas were harmed.
“This is the right way to start the holiday season,” said Yelena Walsh of Boston, who has participated for the past four years. “It’s so much fun.”
Walsh, a former professional skier from Russia, said her technique to avoid calamity in the crowd of red suits, skis and poles is to race ahead of the pack.
She enjoyed herself so much that she remained in costume, handing out candy canes to children. “This whole activity, it moves you back to your childhood,” she said. BBB
Some of the skiers dressed as Santa Claus ride the chairlift to participate in the Santa Sunday event at the Sunday River ski resort in Newry, Maine.