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You may now ski with the bride

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Newlyweds Mary Stipe and Ryan Kargol kiss, among 88 couples gathered in a snowstorm to marry or renew their vows at Loveland Ski Area on Thursday at the 22nd annual Marry Me & Ski Free Mountaintop Matrimony.

The Associated Press

GEORGETOWN – There was a ski helmet with sequins and a veil, plus suit jackets worn over snow vests.

Loveland Ski Area’s Valentine’s Day mountaintop wedding ceremony drew even more couples than last year to exchange and renew vows as snow fell Thursday.

The Colorado ski area says 88 couples showed up to ride a lift to 12,050 feet for the mass ceremony before skiing or snowboarding down the slope. Some wore formal wear over their snow gear. A tutu, a wig and a fairy costume also were spotted.

Last year, about 60 couples wed or renewed their vows at the annual ceremony.

Couples who pre-registered for this year’s event got 2-for-1 lift tickets and admission to a post-wedding reception with wedding cake and drinks.

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