Santa Claus flies
Crystal Mountain

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One winter I got an idea I hoped would make Crystal Mountain management more enthusiastic about paragliders. I offered to dress as Santa Claus (they provided the costume) and fly off the mountain on Christmas Day. The big day arrived with perfect weather and I made two flights, photographed by my brother Carl. You have to live and ski in Washington for a while to appreciate how improbable this was. We have not been able to repeat the Christmas stunt, despite several tries.

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