Ullr Comes Through

Jason Pitzl-Waters —  December 2, 2007 — 2 Comments

In yesterdays post I mentioned that skiers in Aspen were going to hold a ceremony dedicated to the Norse god of skiing and hunting in order to bring forth needed snows. It looks like Ullr heard the prayers because it did indeed snow in Aspen on Friday and Saturday.

Ullr the ski-god.

“With a First Annual Pray for Snow Party planned for 5:15 p.m. Saturday at the base of Aspen Mountain, only a few flakes had fallen as of press time Friday evening, but the overnight forecast called for more snow. But if it snows, organizers of the event – sponsored by KSNO-FM and 39 Degrees at the Sky Hotel – said the ceremony will be a way to thank the Norse god Ullr, or any other deity, pagan or otherwise, that unleashed the flakes. Several Denver TV news stations will be on hand, and organizers expect as many as 400 people … There will be free coffee and tea, and Chaney said all are welcome. ‘Pagan or whatever, just come on out.'”

According to Weather Underground, it is snowing (lightly) in Aspen as we speak. So perhaps Ullr has adopted Aspen just as Aspen skiers have adopted him? Should we expect a temple sometime soon?

Jason Pitzl-Waters


  • Yvonne

    Very cool! I like the idea of more temples to Ullr (and any other Pagan deities).

  • Michelle

    I grew up in Breckenridge. Ullr Fest didn’t become “tourist friendly” till the dog food company bought the ski area.Before that, kids had the day off from school, we had a paraded which included bikers, meat sacrifice and throwing, and naked dancing with free flowing beer and cider, much of which was given in libation to Ullr.That night included dancing and a large bonfire in town in which everyone brought their sacrifices and came to be cleansed for the new year by burning things representing the bad of the past year.It’s much tamer now.