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Praying for snow … and getting some

Charles Agar
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” If forecasts are right, a snow-summoning ceremony Saturday could be a thank-you ceremony instead.

With a First Annual Pray for Snow Party planned for 5:15 p.m. Saturday at the base of Aspen Mountain, only a few flakes had fallen as of press time Friday evening, but the overnight forecast called for more snow.

But if it snows, organizers of the event ” sponsored by KSNO-FM and 39 Degrees at the Sky Hotel ” said the ceremony will be a way to thank the Norse god Ullr, or any other deity, pagan or otherwise, that unleashed the flakes.

Several Denver TV news stations will be on hand, and organizers expect as many as 400 people.

“Hopefully it will be snowing, because that’s what people on the Front Range want to see,” said Don Chaney, general manager at KSNO and an event organizer.

“It’s not going to get snowed out,” Chaney said. “We’re going to be there no matter what.”

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The party begins at 39 Degrees after the lifts close. Drummers and people in costume will lead a parade from the Sky Hotel to the Silver Queen Gondola Plaza, where participants will hold a snow dance at approximately 5:40 p.m., Chaney said.

Immediately following the dance is the start of the Summit for Life, a charity race up Aspen Mountain. Chaney expects some 300 race participants to join the ceremony.

“They asked us if they’d make it in conjunction,” Chaney said of Summit for Life organizers.

A veteran on-air personality, Chaney said he organized a similar event in Bend, Ore., in 1996 and summoned some 19 inches of snow.

“For totally selfish reasons, I’d like the snow to hold off until 7 p.m. so we get all the credit,” Chaney said.

Aspen Country Day students who made “snow sticks” will be on hand.

There will be free coffee and tea, and Chaney said all are welcome.

“Pagan or whatever, just come on out.”

Charles Agar’s e-mail address is cagar@aspentimes.com.

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