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Santa(s) is (are) on the slopes, resorts are putting up their decorations and the festive mood is building. UPDATED





Here at PlanetSKI we continue our festive blog of all things Xmas as the big day draws ever closer.



Saturday (8th December) saw a riot of Santas descend on the ski resort of Verbier.

Some arrived on the Santa Express train laid on from Geneva while others came by car.

To participate in the Santa Summit, all skiers and snowboarders had to dress in obligatory red costumes to qualify for the CHF 5 lift pass set for the day.

That's less than £4 to ski in Verbier for the day - we say that's an opportunity not to be missed. 🎅🏻

... and they came in droves.

Some 3,015 folk to be precise.

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All in all, the Santa Summit was a huge success.

Verbier proudly confirmed the number of St Nicks skiing and snowboarding on it's slopes was a record, as more and more folk join in every year (2017 - 2,656 Santas).

"Record Beat!"
"Snow falls and wind did not discourage the 3015St-Nicolas and fathers fathers who made an appointment this Saturday on the verbier ski area to celebrate the official opening of the 2018/2019. season they were 2656 Last year. Thank you and see you next year."

St Nicks in Verbier - 8th December (photo: Verbier Facebook)St Nicks in Verbier - 8th December (photo: Verbier Facebook)














Even a white-out at Les Attelas didn't stop the keen Santas.

Santas at Les Attelas (photo: The Ride Inn Facebook)Santas at Les Attelas (photo: The Ride Inn Facebook)


A record 3015 St Nicks in Verbier - 8th December (photo: Verbier Facebook)A record 3015 St Nicks in Verbier - 8th December (photo: Verbier Facebook)













One of the 3015 St Nicks in Verbier - 8th December (photo: Verbier Facebook)One of the 3015 St Nicks in Verbier - 8th December (photo: Verbier Facebook)





















The latest pictures we have come from Innsbruck, the capital of the Tirol.

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... the demons of Crampus!... the demons of Krampus!















And if you are wiondering about the Krampus character we encountered him a year ago in Ischgl:

Krampusnacht is a tradition that occurs across Austria, Bavaria, Croatia, South Tyrol, northern Italy and elsewhere in mainland Europe.

Krampus is a horned half-goat and half-demon figure who punishes children who have been naughty - as opposed to Saint Nicholas who rewards the good children with gifts.

The Krampus outfits and masks are created and worn by the youth of the villages and towns.

He carries chains and birch sticks to whip naughty children into shape.

He also carries a sack or a big bag to carry naughty children away.

He is said to be the son of the Norse goddess Hel, who rules the land of the dead.

So, now you know.


The man in red has already been out on the slopes in the USA.

Around 300 skiing and snowboarding Father Christmases took to the slopes of the Sunday River ski resort.

It was the 19th annual Santa Sunday event in the tiny town of Newry in the East Coast state of Maine.

And who says a well-propotioned man with a grey beard can't cut it in the park?

Seems he's crossed The Pond and been in the park in Kitzsteinhron in Austria:

This weekend he's heading to neighbouring Switzerland - Verbier to be precise.

In fact many thousands of Santas are:

The decorations are going up in ski resorts and we'll bring you a few pictures later.

But how about this for decorations in the snow with a musical accompanyment?

Our favourite one so far:

The UK tour operators all the stops are pulled out to ensure their guests have a fabulous festive period.

We have asked a few what they are up to and first out of the blocks and back in contact was VIP SKI.

Staff will be singing Xmas carols.

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The nannies will be dressing as Santa's elves:

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And the Xmas trees are on the balconies ready for decoration.

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Oh, and VIP SKI has made a video

And if you like your Xmas markets we have written about them in this feature on the best ones in the Tirol in Austria.

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And if you want to see more preparations across the mountains as Xmas gets ever closer then do check back.... It's beginning to feel alot like Xmas....

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