'Tis the season to hit the slopes. "We're set, we're ready to ride," said snowboarder Matt Witt.
For skiers and snowboarders at Bolton Valley, 12 inches of snow is nothing short of an early Christmas gift. "It's been a while since we've snowboarded so it's nice to get back out," Witt said.
"It's great conditions today too, lots of snow on the ground," said skier Jennifer Killeen.
Bolton Valley opened for the season Friday and visitors couldn't be happier. But if you're Santa, it gets even better. "Anybody who came dressed as Santa could get a free lift ticket for the day. We have about 60 Santas out there skiing and snowboarding," said Bolton's Andrew Snow.
"It's a great way to celebrate the season, have a little silliness and enjoy a free day of skiing," said Connor Williams of Montpelier.
Santa Ski Day happens once a year -- and on Sunday, jolly old Saint Nick could be spotted just about anywhere. "It's actually a good disguise. There's a lot of them so nobody can pick me out in the crowd, so it's good," said skier Tracy Kozlowski.
With more than 12 inches of new snow on the mountain, skiers have been enjoying it ever since Friday and there's no sign that they're going anywhere anytime soon. But like every good thing, being Santa on skies isn't as easy as it looks. "I think that with the beards, it makes it a little harder for people to see, so depending on how much ornamentation they have, it could be a little bit more of a challenge," Snow said.
"It fits pretty well over the ski clothes and whatever odd discomfort there is is made up for by the free ticket," Williams said.
With about 9 inches of new snowfall Saturday night, Bolton Valley has opened 10 more trails, bringing the total number of trails for skiers to enjoy to 17. "This fresh snow is just what we could ask for in time for the holidays," Snow said.
Beginning Wednesday, the trails at Bolton Valley will be open at nights for skiers who can't get enough during the day.
Burke Mountain Resort and Pico Mountain also officially opened for the season this weekend.
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