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Santas swarm Whistler Blackcomb

Winter's jolly old elf takes the new Harmony 6 Express chairlift to ride
Mitch Winton courtesy of Whistler Blackcomb

As it turns out Santa likes to snag a few fresh ski laps as a warm up before getting on the sleigh for the big present drop.

Over 75 Santas descended on Whistler Blackcomb Saturday dressed head to toe as either Mr. or Mrs. Claus for the annual "Dress Like Santa Day." The first 75 guests outfitted in full costume were given a free lift ticket and escorted to the front of the line to ride the first chair for the grand opening of the brand new Harmony 6 Express chairlift.

At 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, Whistler Blackcomb's president and CEO Dave Brownlie, cut the ribbon to officially open the first six-seater chairlift installed on the mountain.

The new Harmony 6 Express, located on Whistler Mountain, replaced the old Harmony high-speed quad chairlift and has dramatically improved uphill capacity by 50 per cent compared to the old chair; going from 2,400 skiers per hour to 3,600.