How to do the snow dance

How to Snow Dance the Right Way

How To Call Down a Snowstorm This Winter With the Right Snow Dance

Snowseekers. We’re a strange breed. The never-ending obsession with deep snow days turns us into certifiable weirdos—eccentric morons whose bizarre quirks alienate us from the general population.

The most curious of these quirks must be the conviction that we have the power to call down precipitation from the heavens above by appeasing the Snow Gods with a passionately executed ceremonial “Snow Dance”. In most circles, this belief would be enough to send us straight to the loonie bin.

But the power of the Snow Dance is accepted as truth amongst sledders, because…well because without faith, what chance have we got? It just has to be true. And the more people doing it has to increase the odds, right?

But first, we must understand that one Snow Dance ain’t like the other. And, like any good ritual, it’s best not to go in blind. Here are a few examples to help make sure that your dry-spell booty-shakin’ yields the proper results this winter.

How to Snow Dance the Right Winter Storm

The Duck Walk

Right around the same time Joseph Bombardier was assembling his first Ski-Doo in 1935, this particular dance was first being performed by the legendary guitarist, T-Bone Walker. It would later be popularized by Chuck Berry in the 50s, as he hopped one-legged across the stage in a squat, wailing out riffs on his axe during performances of Johnny B. Goode.

It’s a well-known made-up fact that doing a kilometer-long Duck Walk in a full-faced helmet on a hot summer day guarantees a winter that’ll totally “razz your berries”.

The Moonwalk

(not to be confused with The Boondock)

It’s hard to talk about the moonwalk in this day and age. It’s largely associated with a man who should never have been trusted with anyone’s children. But it’s worth noting that MJ didn’t actually invent the moonwalk, and that its origins can be traced as far back as Cab Calloway in the 1930s. James Brown did it as well, as did a handful of other performers over the years.

Either way, moonwalking has little to no effect on precipitation. But you’ll likely only be able to do it in a pair of thick wool socks on a hardwood floor, so at least your toes will be ready for the first cold snap of the season.

The Worm

Strangely enough, there’s no Wikipedia entry for The Worm, so we can only assume that it was invented by some guy who dropped his keys under the truck. As far as moves go, it’s fairly self-explanatory. But it’s about as good for your spine as loading your own sled without a ramp.

That being said, if anyone within your crew of riding buddies is able to successfully execute The Worm, it is rumoured to guarantee a snowfall of 45 cm on the eve of January 7th.

The Dougie

The more people doing The Dougie in the offseason, the deeper the winter’s going to be. And it’s one of the easiest dance moves out there—all you do is step side-to-side with a little more style than usual, and maybe even run your fingers through your hair while you’re doing it for increased effectiveness.

Anyone can learn. So teach ALL your friends how to Dougie, especially the ones named Doug. Because Dougs doing The Dougie make it snow even harder.


If you thought this move was reserved for ladies in yoga pants, you’re as wrong as wrong can be. It’s a secret weapon employed by sledders who live in drier climates, who need to rustle up storms with the most aggressive move they can muster.

The harder the twerk, the deeper the following day, even if you live in the Rocky Mountains. You can’t argue with science.

It’s plenty easy these days to find hyper-sexualized music videos online with these kind of moves, so you probably don’t need our help polluting your browser history. Have fun.


Of course, this list is anything but exhaustive. So you’ll just have to use your imagination for The Robot, The Sprinkler, The Watusi, The Achy Breaky Heart and all the others. And remember, as ridiculous as any of these moves might seem, Snow Dances are better for the environment than burning a stack of old snowmobiles.

Praise Üllr!


– Travis


These two guys could bring on the next Ice Age!

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7 Snow-Day Rituals to Pray for Powder – Bluebird Backcountry

Whether it’s wearing your pajamas inside out or tucking a spoon under your pillow, there are dozens of snow day rituals out there. While the scientific community hasn’t weighed in on exactly how effective these methods are, one thing is certain: You’re never too old to pray for snow.


The spoon-under-the-pillow trick is a classic snow day ritual. Photo: Dstudio BCN via Unsplash

1. Put a spoon under your pillow.

This is one of the older snow day rituals in the US, and it’s a common one throughout the East Coast. You can use a teaspoon or soup spoon—it doesn’t matter too much (Bluebird Backcountry Storytelling Lead Corey Buhay says she sometimes made do with a wooden spoon growing up in Georgia.) But why not throw in the whole cutlery drawer just to play it safe?

2. Wear your pajamas inside out.

This is another common East Coast tradition (some suspect it originated in New Jersey) and a tried-and-true method for coaxing enough snowfall to cancel school. Want to go the extra mile? Some recommend wearing your PJs both inside out and backwards.


Eh, just throw in a whole pitcher. Better safe than sorry. Photo: Tomas Listiak via Unsplash

3. Flush ice cubes down the toilet

This snow day ritual is a Midwestern classic. “Growing up in Ohio, our tried and true method was flushing ice cubes down the toilet and then doing a snow dance,” says Bluebird Ad Wrangler Erin Moeller. Some recommend flushing a cube for every inch you want. Some say a cube for every snow day. (Maybe flush 18 or so just to be sure?)   

4. Do a Snow Dance

People have been dancing to manifest weather since time immemorial, but the American version of the snow dance may have its roots in Native American tradition. In fact, traditional dances have been followed by significant snowfall both in the Lake Tahoe region and in Vail, Colorado.


When was the last time Junior actually used that white crayon, anyway? Photo: Kristin Brown via Unsplash

5. Put a white crayon in the freezer.

The crayon trick has some interesting regional variations. Some recommend leaving it in the freezer overnight, while others swear by tucking the crayon under your pillow just before bed. Others say you’ve got to put it on a windowsill. Regardless, we recommend waiting for the kids to fall asleep before pillaging their school supplies.

6. Stack coins on the windowsill.

Some folks swear by taping a quarter to the window or stacking pennies on your windowsill. We’re not sure where this one originated, but we like the quantitative component: Legend has it that you’ll get an inch of snow for every penny you stack.


Ice cream is never a bad idea. Photo: American Heritage Chocolate via Unsplash

7. Eat ice cream the night before.

We had a hard time confirming the regional origin or the success rate for this snow day ritual. But what does it matter? We’ll always take another excuse to eat ice cream.

Alisa - Dance - text, clip, facts, meaning, listen

"Dance" - a song by the group "Alisa" from the studio album of the same name. The author of the text and music is Konstantin Kinchev. Date and place of writing: Moscow, Shchelchek, autumn 1986. Prior to publication in the album, the work was repeatedly performed at acoustic concerts.

Interesting facts

Alisa's song "Dance" for a long time existed only in an acoustic version and was distributed in bootlegs - amateur and semi-professional concert recordings. The electric version of the composition was presented only in 2001. It is known that the musicians planned to include the work in the album “For those who fell from the moon”, which Konstantin Kinchev spoke about in an interview with Nina Baranovskaya for the book “On the Road to Paradise”, but the author did not like the arrangement made then. In particular, Konstantin told her that this "song is still a guitar one."

The electric version of the song "Dance" was first heard at the end of the documentary "Children of Great August". This picture tells about August 1991, when a putsch took place in the USSR, which was living out its last months. Konstantin Kinchev was one of the protagonists of the events of those days, he also participated in the film.

Kinchev also deciphered the meaning of the title of the song. In his interpretation, dancing means living.

Acoustic version

Alice - Dance - text

How easy it is to become ashes,
Dancing in the center of the fire.
But, God, how joyful it is to see the pupils of
Giving a volley.
The sunset is blazing over my head,
The ground is smoldering under my feet.
I grew up in the ashes.
Am I to blame?
Half spider, half swan,
I stepped into the night,
To make a fire
In honor of Bald Mountain.
Earth shredded the sky
With bayonets of grave hills.
The earth hissed: "You will burn!"
But the sky sang: "Burn!"
I stepped into the night,
And the stars lay down on the pavement.
Rainbow puddles of gasoline
I splashed the clouds.
I wanted the city to feel the sky
With every nerve, every window.
Was I not to know how much love was missing
These big cities.
I stepped into the night,
But the city was still sleeping,
And only the stars fell down,
No longer able to twinkle.
Here the walls gave only walls,
And the asphalt - only asphalt,
And only the roofs gave me the sky,
The roofs taught me to dance.

Dance when the snow falls,
Dance when the birds fall.
In the dance of the crescent moon noon.
Open the door for me!
Dance when the sun is in the face,
Dance when the faces are in mourning,

Dance when the snow falls,
Dance when the birds fall.
Dance when the sun is in the face,
Dance when mourning is on the faces.
Dancing on drunken tables,
Dancing on the graves of friends,
Dancing and not remembering, not remembering her,
Dance and pray,
Dance all warm and warm,
warm and warm,
warm and warm…

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