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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.

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