Photos: More than 200 Santas hit the slopes in Maine

Sunday River ski resort hosted the 20th annual “Skiing Santas” event on Sunday.

Skiers dressed up as Santa Claus ride a ski lift during the annual Santa Sunday charity fundraiser skiing event at Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine.
Skiers dressed up as Santa Claus ride a ski lift during the annual Santa Sunday charity fundraiser skiing event at Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine. –JOSEPH PREZIOSO / AFP via Getty Images

NEWRY, Maine (AP) — Kris Kringle is clearly comfortable on the snow.

More than 200 fully bedecked Santas took a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season to hit the slopes for charity at Sunday River.

The ski resort in Maine hosted the 20th annual “Skiing Santas” event on Sunday.

The right jolly ol’ elves on skis and snowboards participated in full holiday garb, including a white beard, red hat and red outfit.

“It’s really cool to just see everyone come together,” said Cadence Bachelder, 14, who took part in the event.

“It’s fun to see all the little kids that are like, ‘oh, look it’s Santa’ … and wave at them from the lift and say, Merry Christmas,” she said.

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The event produced a red blur of skiers and snowboarders dashing through the snow, trying to make it downhill without falling or crashing into each other.

The event serves as a festive kickoff to both the holiday season and the skiing season. It raises money for the Sunday River Community Fund, a local charity.

Skiers dressed up as Santa Claus participate in the annual Santa Sunday charity fundraiser skiing event at Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine. —JOSEPH PREZIOSO / AFP via Getty Images

The first of 240 skiers and snowboarders fly down a trail at Sunday River in Newry, Maine on Sunday. —Russ Dillingham / Sun Journal via AP

Skiers dressed up as Santa Claus participate in the annual Santa Sunday charity fundraiser skiing event at Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine Sunday. —JOSEPH PREZIOSO / AFP via Getty Images
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