Plea for snow
November 27, 2007
ASPEN ” A new event is brewing that gets our vote for “Things We Don’t Want to See Become an Annual Occurrence.”
KSNO-FM and 39 Degrees at the Sky Hotel have organized what they dubbed “The First Annual Pray for Snow Party.” It will be held Saturday, Dec. 1, at the base of Aspen Mountain.
In true entrepreneurial spirit, it’s not only an opportunity to appease the snow gods, but also a chance for the bar to see profits. The party will be held at 39 Degrees after the lifts close, then there will be a community parade from the Sky Hotel to the Silver Queen Gondola Plaza at 5:15 p.m. The “community snow dance” will follow at 5:45 p.m.
Organizers are asking participants to dress in some type of appropriate costume, bring drums to beat on during the dance and come up with something to sacrifice to the snow gods.
“We thought it would be a fun way to lift everyone’s spirits during this worrisome time,” organizer and KSNO General Manager Don Chaney said in a statement. “We think this can turn into an ‘old school Aspen’ kind of event and bring the community together for some fun. And maybe we can even affect the weather in the process.”
The snow dance coincides with Aspen’s best chance for precipitation over the next week. Weather.com’s forecast calls for a 60 percent chance of snow showers for Saturday.
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Meanwhile, the Aspen Skiing Co. is doing the best it can while waiting for snow. The Skico’s daily report for Monday said 100 acres were open on Aspen Mountain with access from the Ajax Express chairlift. There is an 11-inch base at the top.
There are 45 acres of terrain open at Snowmass from the mid-station of the Village Express to the bottom. Snowmass is sporting a base of 15 inches.