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Snowbird, UT, Oct. 16, 2000–In keeping with tradition and attempting to ensure a bountiful snow season, Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort held its annual Pray For Snow Day on Saturday, October 14. The day’s festivities were a success with snow falling the entire day and continuing throughout the weekend.
The celebrations centered around live bluegrass music by Mr. Whoopie, discounted Tram rides, and Native American tribal dancers. Clad in full tribal dress the dancers performed a variety of cultural dances including The Hoop Dance, Women’s Jingle Dance, Men’s Grass Dance, and more.
The Pray For Snow Day was hosted by a Helushka War Dancer of the Omaha Tribe, Al Black Bird, who entertained and educated in a celebration of Mother Earth. He described the traditions and explained the dances accompanied by traditional drumming. These activities set the tone for a Native American Medicine Man who blessed the Earth and prayed for snow.
The perfectly timed fresh snow fell on some summer improvements for the 2000-2001 ski season, including an expanded snowmaking system and a $600,000 upgrade to the Tram.
“The recent snowfall gave us all a taste of what’s right around the corner,” said Snowbird President/COO Bob Bonar. Maybe we ought to take a lesson from the Omaha Tribe and start praying now for a plentiful season to come too.