Make a pledge of love -- and a legally binding commitment -- at today's annual Mountaintop Matrimony at Loveland Ski Area, where happy couples can be joined in marriage or renew their vows on top of a majestic peak. "I'd say that about 60 percent of those who participate are renewing their vows," says Loveland marketing manager Ainsley Kasten. "We have an ordained minister who conducts the ceremony and signs the marriage licenses, so it is a legitimate wedding. It's for real."
The mass ceremony is open to spectators, and rings will be exchanged at noon at the top of Lift #2. "Everybody repeats their vows in unison and kisses their brides at the exact same moment," says Kasten. "It's an awesome event to watch. The past few years, it has been gently snowing and absolutely gorgeous out."
Once they ski down the mountain, the newlyweds and their families and friends can gather inside Loveland's Main Lodge for a free reception featuring live music, food and a gigantic cake.
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"You'll see everything from couples in ski clothes holding bouquets to full wedding dresses and tuxedos," says Kasten. "We'll even have best men and maids of honor up there. The only thing that I haven't seen yet are bridesmaids in taffeta."
The resort, using the slogan "Marry me and ski for free," offers two-for-one lift tickets for betrothed couples. Those who wish to participate in the wedding are asked to register in advance by calling 303-571-5580, ext. 141, or by visiting www.skiloveland.com.
Sun., Feb. 14, 2010