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The perfect place to say I do

NICOLE FORMOSAsummit daily newsSummit County, CO Colorado
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LOVELAND SKI AREA Silverthorne residents Ramee and Kenny Hyde skied Loveland Pass together on one of their first dates as a couple, so it seems appropriate that the two would choose to tie the knot just down the road at Loveland Ski Area.How perfect is that? To get married at Loveland Ski Area on Valentines Day to the person you love, Ramee, 29, said.The Hydes, who first met at the laudromat in Dillon about four years ago and began dating two years ago, are one of about 60 couples who will get married or renew their vows today at a mass ceremony at the top of Lovelands Chair 2.Ramee, a native Alabaman, and Kenny, whos from Indiana, originally planned to exchange their vows in Nashville, Tenn., a sort-of halfway point between their two families but reconsidered after looking at prices.Kenny suggested marrying at Loveland instead as a joke, and it stuck.I said, What a great idea, so we rolled with it, she said.For the big day, Ramee will forgo a traditional wedding dress for fear that she might break my leg and have to be carried down the mountain on my wedding day.Instead, shell don a white snowboarding outfit with a blue and white garter over her pants and a tutu to complete the outfit. Kenny will dress in black ski clothes with a tuxedo T-shirt on over his jacket and a Charlie Chaplin-style top hat. Theyll even have a wedding party of 12 friends and family members who will all wear matching red vests hand-made by Ramees mom.Ramee said the couple is looking forward to sharing the spotlight with 60 other couples while they say their I dos at 12,000 feet, looking out onto the spectacular Continental Divide.I cant wear mascara because I know Im going to cry for myself and for everyone else too, she said. Its meaningful for everyone whos going to be on top of that hill.The ceremony, dubbed Marry Me and Ski For Free Mountaintop Matrimony by the ski area, has been quite popular in its 16-year history.I think its unique, Loveland marketing manager Kathryn Johnson said. Its fun and I think its something, especially since we allow the vow renewal, its really fun for couples whove been together for a while and enjoy skiing.Johnson said couples have signed up from all over the country to participate in the event.The ceremony begins at noon, and is followed by a casual reception at 1:30 p.m. in the cafeteria, complete with refreshments, finger foods, wedding cake, a DJ and raffles. For all those spontaneous couples out there, you can still register today for the wedding, but itll cost you $15 per person for entrance to the reception. Guests are also welcome to attend the reception for $15, and must have a valid lift ticket and be able to ride the lift up and ski or snowboard down in order to attend the ceremony. The best-dressed bride and groom will win a prize pack from Brendan & JC Keepsake Diamonds valued at $700. For more information or to register, call (303) 571-5580 x141. Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-4629, or at

Communication key to a healthy relationshipThis Valentines Day, instead of traditional chocolate or flowers, the best gift may be to take time from your busy schedules to nurture your relationship. After all, many therapists will tell you communication is essential to a healthy relationship. Storm Johnson, MSW, LCSW, who handles couples therapy at her private practice in Breckenridge, developed the following list, The Foundation of Communication, based on problems she often hears. Trust the basic building block, without it there is no relationship. Respect have special regard for your partner. Stand up for him/her. Active listening dont assume what your partner is saying. Try to understand their concerns, opinions by asking questions and having empathy. Care express feelings of love through direct and indirect actions. Compromise know that you arent always right. Permit yourself to change your mind. Sense of humor be able to laugh at yourself. Enjoy the funny aspects of life.These are the issues I usually find with the problem of communication, Johnson said. Its understanding what communication is about. Lory Pounder

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