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300 skiing Santas, the Grinch and a tree take to the slopes to spread Christmas cheer

A skiing Grinch and a skiing Christmas tree joined a party in Maine and raised money for a local charity.

A bunch of Santas in the US hit the slopes to get into the seasonal spirit.

A skier dressed as Santa Claus skis for charity (Robert F Bukaty/AP)

More than 300 jolly elves — all dressed in red — came hurtling down the mountain with white beards and Santa hats blowing in the wind at Maine’s Sunday River Ski Resort.

Some of the 300 skiers registered for the annual charity ski run hit the slopes at Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine
Some of the 300 skiers registered for the annual charity ski run (Robert F. Bukaty/AP)

A skiing Grinch and a skiing Christmas tree joined the party.

A skier dressed as the Grinch in a Santa Claus costume skis for charity at Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine
A skier dressed as the Grinch in a Santa Claus costume at Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine (Robert F. Bukaty/AP)
    A skier dressed as a Christmas tree skis for charity at Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine
A skier dressed as a Christmas tree (Robert F. Bukaty/AP)

It wasn’t exactly a winter wonderland – there was little natural snow.

A skier dressed as Santa Claus skis for charity at Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine
A skier dressed as Santa Claus (Robert F Bukaty/AP)

But the snow machines on Sunday River produced enough fluffy material for the annual tradition.

Santa Sunday has grown in popularity for more than two decades and this year raised $7,500 (£6,100) for a local charity.

Skiers dressed in Santa Claus costumes ride the chair lift at Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine
Skiers in Santa Claus costumes ride a chair lift (Robert F. Bukaty/AP)

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