A group of skiing Santas take over Sunday River for charity

Though the calendar read Dec. 6, on Sunday, the ski slopes at Sunday River ski resort looked a lot like Christmas as 150 skiers and snowboarders dressed up like Santa Claus in an effort to raise money for charity.

Sunday River Santa Sunday

Turns out a chairlift is slightly more efficient at getting up a mountain than a sleigh. Photo: Sunday River

As part of the 16th annual Santa Sunday charity event, the ski resort in Newry, Maine offered 150 participants a killer deal: Donate at least $15 to the Sunday River Community Fund, and they would be able to ski or snowboard all day on Dec. 6, as well as receiving a free lift ticket good through Dec. 18.

Santa Sunday has grown in popularity in each of its first 16 years, and now participants say it’s a race to secure a place in the event as registration fills up in minutes

“We were both on our computers at noon to make sure we got it,” Brad and Heather Cope, who participated in the event, told the Associated Press, adding that the event filled up in four minutes.

All told, resort officials report that the event raised $3,014 for the Sunday River Community Fund, meaning most skiing Santas were willing to give just a bit more than the $15 minimum donation. That money will go to advancing the quality of life in the rural areas surrounding the Sunday River ski resort.

Sunday River Santa Sunday

The slopes at Sunday River were looking much more jolly on Sunday as 150 skiers and boarders donned Santa suits for charity. Photo: Sunday River

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