For the last 20-or-so years, the Whistler Blackcomb resort has started every season with an Ulrr Festival that is dedicated to the Norse god and culminates by burning a giant effigy of Ulrr made from old skis.
As many as 2000 Whistler residents and resort employees attend but last year the event was canceled in favor of more low-key celebrations.
But after three weeks of rain fell during the peak of the season, locals like Kirby Brown a guest services rep at Whistler Blackcomb started worrying Ulrr was angry.
This year, the town isnt taking any chances: The Ulrr Festival takes place on Wednesday (Nov. 16) and Brown expects a few thousand snowbirds will attend.
He also suspects Ulrr approves since the resort is opening three weeks ahead of schedule.
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