Loveland, CO, Feb. 8--This Valentines Day skiers who are also happy couples take the big leap in a mass wedding at Loveland. That's right, the brides and grooms don't even have to take their boots off, as they exchange wedding vows on the mountaintop.
This will mark the ninth year of Loveland's on-snow ceremony, which drew 93 couples last year. Some of the more adventurous pairs even don wedding gowns and tuxedos, although more opt for Gore-Tex and down parkas.
"The mountain top matrimony has become a tradition at Loveland," says Jacki McGurk, promotions/guest services manager. "Having people on the hill wearing gowns and tuxedos creates quite a spectacle that draws a big crowd."
Participants 18 years and older can register for free at any front range J.C. Keepsake Diamond Center by Feb. 13. Couple must bring a valid marriage license and should also be able to ski or snowboard back down the mountain.
Couples registered for the wedding ceremony will get two lift tickets for the price of one on Valentine's Day. This year's ceremony will be broadcast live on the internet on Lovecast 2000.
Just in case you are wondering--the ceremony is for real. Judge Ruckriegle will legally marry the couples at the Ptarmigan's Roost cabin. The wedding ceremony begins at noon and is followed by a reception sponsored by Canyon Café Cherry Creek, Cakes by Karen, and ALICE Radio.
Check back w/SkiNet for a slopeside update on the nuptials.