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The mysterious production of blizzards

By BEN FORNELL

The rituals, superstitions and talismans Telluriders swear bring the snow…Maybe it all paid off. As the town looked anxiously to the horizon like a dog panting at the door for its owner, many started dancing, rubbing, stashing, and turning to the traditions of paganism to bring a dump to Telluride. A town where the Weather Channel is treated with as much skepticism as a palm reader has little choice but to turn to superstition and charms. And the rituals surrounding the summoning of snow in this town are as eclectic as the residents themselves.

J Michael Brown, who’s lived in Telluride since the mountain opened, said the burning was a near-Pagan ritual, viewed as an offering and always accompanied by a dancing circle of skiers ensorcelled by the dirty flames. As it turns out, the fires, and the dances, are not a thing of the past. Alex Chaloux went to a bonfire in Ophir where a couple of dozen pair were sacrificed, including a cherished set of Volkl Gotamas. Kelli and Galena Gleason were among the crowd of about two dozen, doing a daring jig around the fire that saw them chanting for “buckets and buckets and buckets of snow,” grabbing forearms and twirling, kicking their legs into each others’ like a pretzel, tapping feet and creating a tangle that always worked itself out.

Read the original article at: Telluride Daily Planet

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