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Strolling around Rossland this summer, you can’t help but notice the mountain ash trees loaded with berries, signifying an excellent upcoming snow season for Rossland.
The legend of the mountain ash berries, states that many years ago, a severe and terrible winter set in Canada. Snowdrifts formed in great heights and temperatures dropped to extraordinary degrees below zero. While in search of food, the Indian hunters became terrified when they came upon hundreds of birds and small animals lying dead on the frozen snowbanks. Immediately they banded together in great numbers and offered prayers' to the Great Manitou, as they were frightened that the same evil spirits would destroy them also.
The Great-Spirit answered them by instructing them to take one drop of blood from every dead bird and small animal and smear it on the tree that meant life and death to their people. As the Mountain Ash was the tree whence they fashioned bows and arrows, their only means of survival, they chose it and set about as Manitou had made them do. The following morning every tree they had smeared bore thousands of berries. The birds and small animals that had survived were perched on the mountain Ash branches eating the life-giving food.
The happy Indians danced late into the night, giving thanks to Manitou, who in return gave his promise that whenever a cold winter was approaching again, he would cover these trees with food.
It will be a great winter season at Red Mountain Resort and Rossland, come see for yourself!