If the idea of skipping a potential ski day--or, more specifically, a powder day--for your own wedding makes you cringe, then check out Colorado’s Loveland Ski Area. Every Valentine’s Day for the past 19 years, it's hosted a mass marriage ceremony, with a free lift ticket included for your honey.
For this Valentine's Day, about 70 couples gathered at the blustery top of Loveland’s Chair Two, braving the cold, and huddling together against the howling wind to tie the knot or renew their vows. Amid the everyday skiers, who didn’t seem phased at all by the matrimonial festivity, brides and grooms sported white furry capes, tuxes, retro '80s one-piece suits, and regular ski attire topped off with big flowers.
"You'll be lucky if I come to your wedding!" one guy shouted to a participant while whizzing by on skis in the knee-deep fresh snow just hours before the ceremony.
Taking time out of a powder day may have been tough for friends of the brides and grooms, but the minister was all business, clad in a jacket and tie and ski boots. He took the weather into account and kept the ceremony short and sweet.
But why, you may ask, would anyone get hitched on a ski hill? "We're outdoor enthusiasts, and we love to ski. I couldn't picture a better way to get married than getting freshies on our wedding day!" said Brian Graham of Evergreen, Colorado. Then, he skied away with his new wife Pippi to enjoy their first pow turns as a married couple.