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The snow dance works!


The snow dance works!

By Tom Boyd

November 21, 2007 —  Only hours after my last blog about snow dancing, we’re now dancing in about four inches of the white stuff, making for a white opening day of Vail. Coincidence? I think not!

Now, many of you skeptics out there may point to the 10-day weather forecast, which, as early as 10 days ago, called for colder temperatures and a bit of snow to come sweeping through the valley. These so-called “weather-men,” modern day shamans of the mighty skies, had been spooking us up with their hooolabaloo for days.

To that, I say phooey! Isn’t it much more likely that my RealVail blog, which paid homage to the great Sioux shaman Black Elk, and also to one of the first Natives to dance at Vail, Eddie Box, Jr., was the sole factor in bringing snow to the valley? Did I mention that, after the completion of my blog, I draped myself in an old blanket and danced around the yard for a little bit, looking skyward and engaging in an internal dialogue with the forces of planet Earth?

Given all the evidence, the answer’s clear: Black Elk’s spirit heard my call and floated to Vail to deliver snow. Amazing. Thanks, Black Elk. We owe ya one.



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