Step 11 Après-Ski Life: Pray For Snow!

By Après Adam Nov 18, 2016
Step 11 of Après Adam's 12-Step Program for Après-Ski Conditioning: Pray For Snow! Storms are on the way, but the Yeti needs your help.
Step 11 Après-Ski Life: Pray For Snow!

Après Adam here with step 11 of my 12-Step Program for Après-Ski Conditioning. I’m here to help you have the best après-ski season of your life!

Step 11: Pray For Snow!

This is it. The week we've been waiting for all summer—opening week for skiing in Utah. We've all had November 19th, aka Opening Day in Utah 2016, circled on our calendars for months. Everyone except mother nature, that is.

It was obvious that we needed to take matters into our own hands. Let's take all of that anger we post on Facebook and direct it towards something we can actually change. Let’s get some friends together and make an offering to the Utah snow god, the Yeti.

That's right, I'm talking about a Pray For Snow Party!

Shoutout to Colby Angelos of Angelos Media for documenting our Pray For Snow Party

There are all kinds of rituals out there that have been used to elicit flakes from the heavens. From the scientific: cloud seeding and stopping global warming. To the spiritual: the sacrificing of a “gaper” and snow dances. To the ridiculous: stacking pennies on a window sill and wearing pajamas inside-out. None of them are wrong, some are just a little more right than others.

Here are my personal favorites. All of them require costumes. The Yeti love costumes.

  1. Wash your car: Nothing guarantees snow like a newly washed vehicle sparkling in the calm before a storm.
  2. Start waxing your skis or board. If that doesn’t work, wax your chest. Commit.
  3. Pour a drink and watch some old ski movies: Practice your après-skiing and learn some new costume ideas. It always snowed more back in the day too.
  4. Burn some skis and dance like idiots: The Yeti loves sacrifices and acts of humility. Then donate to offset your carbon footprint

The good news is we don't have to do all the heavy lifting ourselves. As I write this, the first waves of winter are starting to reach the Wasatch. What makes skiing in Utah so great is that there's always a chance for storms to overproduce. You see we have this little thing called Lake Effect, and with just the right temperature difference between the atmosphere and the surface temperature of the Great Salt Lake, snowfall can appear out of nowhere, as if magically summoned by the Yeti himself.

And while there’s no “scientific proof” that these rituals work, it can’t hurt to try.

If you want to make a change in the world, take a break from posting fake news on Facebook, throw on a costume, drink a beer, wash your truck, light some stuff on fire, and dance around like an idiot. Utah and the world will be a much happier place.