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            Lots of North American ski areas boasted brilliant sunshine and flawless snow conditions last Saturday. But only Crested Butte boasted several hundred costumed Santas skiing or snowboarding, tippling, laughing and comparing beards on the Ice Bar deck. The Santa Ski Crawl (followed by the Santa Pub Crawl for St. Nicks of legal drinking age) was Mt. Crested Butte’s attempt to set a new world record for skiing Santas. I haven’t heard the official count or whether Mt. Crested Butte is destined for the record books; people had so much fun, they don’t seem too worried about the bookkeeping details.

            The Santa rally came on the heels of Crested Butte’s victory in Powder Magazine’s online Ski Town Throwdown, a series of head-to-head voting competitions between North American ski towns. In the final Facebook round last week, Crested Butte won by less than 100 votes over Eaglecrest, Alaska, out of more than 34,000 votes cast.

            I suspect there’s a connection between the two phenomena: hundreds of jolly skiing Santas and Crested Butte’s unlikely Throwdown triumph. 

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