A ski area in Utah is resting its season’s hopes on members of the Northern Ute Tribe.
As the Associated Press reports via CBS, the snow has yet to come this year to many parts of the west.
So, Park City Mountain Resort recruited the Norther Ute Tribe to perform a snow blessing.
Park City has been forced to make 40 percent more snow than at this time last year.
“Our snowmakers have been working around the clock, so we said it is time to put in a call to Mother Nature,” said Krista Parry, marketing director at Park City Mountain Resort.
She also called on a friend, Frank Arrowchis, who led a similar ceremony at Arches National Park to bless the Olympic Flame during the torch relay in 2002.
Arrowchis led the prayer Saturday in English, followed by one in Ute by Spiritual Leader Albert Lance Manning.
“We hope our prayers are answered because it’s for everybody,” Arrowchis said. “Prayer has a lot of power if it’s done right. We hope we do get some snow. If we don’t, we tried.”
As of Monday, the blessing hadn’t produced the much-needed snow.