Couples celebrate Valentine's Day at Mount Snow

Friday February 15, 2013

WEST DOVER -- Some say love is in the air, others say love is in on the mountain.

On Valentine's Day, skier and snowboarder couples were re-newing their vows on Mount Snow, while another proposed and another got hitched.

"It was a lot of fun," said a couple from Grafton, Mass., Judy Reed and Angus Gilbert, who saw the information for the event online about two months ago.

"The skiing was beautiful. There were great conditions," said Reed.

The couples met on the top of Sunbrook and gathered around a heart inked onto the ground using red dye. A minister pronounced 17 couples, "man and wife," around 10 a.m.

Mount Snow named it Cloud Nine Nuptials because it occurred on the trail named Cloud Nine, which goes underneath the four-person chair lift in Sunbrook. That area of the mountain is located on the backside of the mountain, next to the North Face. It offers its skiers and riders an alternative to the difficult terrain on the North Face.

After the ceremony, all the couples took a run down the trail together. Everyone went at their own pace, but came up on the chair lift together.

Each couple went through a tunnel formed by Mount Snow employees holding up their ski poles on each side of the couples at the bottom of Sunbrook.

At the entrance of the lift, a photographer took pictures of the newly "re-nupped" couples.

When they returned to the top of Sunbrook, the couples went to the Summit Lodge for cake and coffee. They all wore tags that read, "Just Re-nupped," having their pictures taken by Mount Snow photographers.

Tom Lysik married his girlfriend of four years. They came from Seymour, Conn., to celebrate at Mount Snow.

"We definitely wanted to do a Valentine's Day wedding on the mountain," said Jennifer Lysik.

The Lysiks have been coming to a house near the mountain that they have been renting throughout their dating years.

Jennifer's parents were staying at a nearby inn, waiting to celebrate after the event on the mountain.

One man proposed to his then girlfriend. She was expecting to just take the run with the rest of the couples until her boyfriend asked someone to take a photograph of them together before the run.

"How long have you been married?" asked the stranger.

The boyfriend then got down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend. She is now his fiancee.

Another couple celebrated their 45th anniversary by coming down Cloud Nine with the rest of the couples, reminding everyone that true love can last.

"It couldn't have worked out better," said Mount Snow Communications Manager Dave Meeker. "The snow, the sun and the perfectly covered trees. It will hopefully make for a perfect, memorable Valentine's Day for folks."

Chris Mays can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 273, or Follow Chris on Twitter @CMaysReformer.


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