Snowbird, Utah – Despite long-range forecasts calling for a return to Utah'srenowned winter storm cycles, Snowbird will hold its annual "Pray For SnowDay" Saturday, Oct. 14, from noon to 4 p.m.
This year's festivities include Native American tribal dancers, livebluegrass music by Mr. Whoopie and discounted Tram rides ($9).
"The recent snowfall gave us all a taste of what's right around the corner,"said Snowbird President/COO Bob Bonar. "New Mineral Basin terrain, a fasterTram and hopefully a great snow year should combine for an unforgettableyear to ski and ride at the 'Bird."
Summer improvements for the 2000/01 winter season include expandedsnowmaking to the top of the Gadzoom chairlift, a $600,000 upgrade to theTram that will trim precious time off the trip to Hidden Peak and severalrestaurant remodels. The Pray for Snow Day's host, Al Black Bird, a Helushka War Dancer of theOmaha Tribe, will entertain and educate with a celebration of Mother Earth.Native American dancers in full tribal dress will perform a variety ofcultural dances including The Hoop Dance, Women's Jingle Dance, Men's GrassDance and more. Al Black Bird will describe the traditions and explain thedances. Traditional drumming – "The Heartbeat of Mother Earth" – will setthe tone and a Native American Medicine Man will bless the Earth and prayfor snow.
The Native American tribal dancers will perform at noon and 2 p.m. and Mr.Whoopie will perform at 1 and 3 p.m. All events will take place on theSnowbird Plaza Deck, accessed from Little Cottonwood Canyon by Entry 2 tothe Snowbird Center.
This weekend – Oct. 7 and 8 – is the final weekend for Oktoberfest. Catchlive music, dancing, food and activities on the Plaza Deck while the leavesare turning from green to bright oranges and yellows. Little CottonwoodCanyon is aglow with fall colors yet temperatures still are comfortableenough for outdoor dining.
Call Fred Rollins at (801) 933-2047 or Dave Fields at (801) 933-2041 formore information about Oktoberfest or the annual Pray for Snow Party.