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Colorado: Time for a snow dance!

Ski industry takes lighthearted approach to snow shortage

Skiers and riders at Sol Vista hope these fancy moves will please Ullr. PHOTO COURTESY SOL VISTA BASIN/CSCUSA.

Telluride residents and visitors hold a sacrificial bonfire in hopes of pleasing the snow gods. PHOTO COURTESY CSCUSA.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Colorado’s ski town residents and snow enthusiasts from around the country are joining forces to try and rally the snow gods for the second half of the 2011-2012 season.

With below-normal snowfall — in some cases less than half the seasonal average — mountain communities are hoping to get the attention of Ullr, Mother Nature and Old Man Winter with snow dances, sacrificial bonfires and other ceremonies aimed at eliciting at least a few flakes.

The build the vibe, Colorado Ski Country USA is inviting everyone to spread the word via social media channels by posting videos on a special snow dance website.

Despite the lack of snow, Colorado is in better shape than some other parts of the country, thanks in part to extensive snowmaking, high elevation and relatively cold temps that have helped maintain the meager snow cover.

All CSCUSA resorts are open for skiing and snowboarding, with mostly beginner and intermediate terrain, making it a perfect time to take advantage of special promotions resorts are offering for January Learn to Ski and Snowboard month.

Resorts continue to host skiers and riders who are taking advantage of the sunny weather and enjoying being outside, on the slopes, spending time with friends and family.

Check out some of the snow dance action on the Colorado Ski Country USA  YouTube channel, Facebook page and on the CSCUSA snow dance website.

 

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Breckenridge: Ascher, Evans to reign over 2011 Ullr Fest

Frisco artist Nicholas Froehlich designed this year's Ullr Fest poster.

Nordic party and bonfire set for Jan. 10

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — It’s time to catch your breath from the Christmas holidays and prepare for the next big event as Breckenridge will honor Ullr, the Norse god of snow, in a festival that has deep roots in the Colorado resort town.

As the first order of business, long time Breckenridge locals and business owners Rick Ascher and Annie Evans will be crowned King and Queen of the 2011 Ullr Fest at the January 10 Ullr Nordic Party and Bonfire.The couple was picked from a batch of 74 candidates winning recommendations and votes from Breck town council members, previous Ullr Royalty and numerous business owners. Continue reading

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