Aspen for First-Timers

Author: , February 5th, 2014

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Not that anyone has ever accused Aspen, Colorado of not having enough restaurants, but we’re excited about chef David Burke’s new venture in town — his first restaurant in the western U.S.. Debuting in late March, David Burke Kitchen Aspen is set to be one of the hottest openings of the season. We recently chatted with the restauranteur and former Top Chef contestant about dry-aged beef, his favorite hotels, and why a Sam Adams at a local bar is the best beer you’ll have in Aspen.

How similar will this new restaurant be to David Burke Kitchen in New York?

The similarity between the two restaurants will be in the menu, not the layout. Our restaurant in Soho is below-ground; this one is on the second story with windows everywhere. But in terms of the food, popular dishes from our New York restaurant – like the dry-aged meat, pressed prawns with pasta, and whole roasted chicken for two – will show up here as well.

We’re taking some of our experience with David Burke Kitchen NYC and applying it to this new concept. We’ve learned what works: buying whole pigs, baking our own breads, that sort of thing. For a restaurant to make hams and dry-age beef, you need a lot of real estate, and real estate is expensive in Aspen. But we’re making an investment. We plan on being here a long time.

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Gay Ski Week News for Winter 2013-14

Author: , December 18th, 2013

SkiingLots of gay ski week news this week as the season arrives. Here’s a sampling of what’s going on around the world:

CANADA, BC: Whistler Jan 26-Mar 5
GayWhistler’s WinterPRIDE Gay Ski Week is celebrating its 22nd year Jan. 26-Feb. 2nd, 2014 and you are invited to be part of this exciting festival. WinterPRIDE is one of the world’s leading mountain festivals that celebrates diversity and has been named one of the top Gay Ski Weeks by editors, travel writers and guests from around the planet. Situated just 120KM (75 miles) North of Vancouver, BC it is easy to get to this Olympic World Class Mountain resort with over 8,171 acres of pure skiing/riding bliss.
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Switzerland: Arosa Jan 12-19
To stay here is to experience winter at its most beautiful. Guests encounter genuine, charming hospitality everywhere in Arosa. The impressive backdrop is the proud mountain landscape of Graubünden. Alpine and cross-country skiing, curling and figure skating are all on offer here, not forgetting long rambles on 40 kilometers of popular winter paths for folks who do not have the compulsion to rush downhill on skis or snowboards.
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USA, CO: Aspen Jan 12-19
Aspen Gay Ski Week is a week-long LGBTQ winter event held in January each year. Aspen is located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains just hours from Denver by car and 30 minutes by plane into Aspen Airport.
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USA, VT: Stowe Jan 22-26
Join hundreds of GLBTQ enthusiasts from across the country and beyond for 5 days of Skiing, Snow boarding, Cross Country, Snow Shoeing, Dance Parties, Entertainment, Giant Pool Party. Shopping, Spas, Hot Tubs and more.
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Aspen Gay Ski Week Returning In January

Author: , December 4th, 2013

Aspen Gay Ski Week 2014Aspen Gay Ski Week, the nation’s largest and oldest gay ski event, returns for its 37th year from Jan. 12 – 19, 2014, along with presenting sponsor, Bud Light. Comedian Mario Cantone, from Sex in the City, will perform at Belly Up as part of the nightly events throughout the week. Proceeds from the event will benefit Roaring Fork Gay and Lesbian Community Fund, which has promoted tolerance, understanding and diversity through education, community action and service since 1996.

“World-famous Aspen plays host to a week of epic skiing, apres-ski events at The Limelight Hotel and exciting nightly events,” remarked Kevin McManamon, co-chair of Aspen Gay Ski Week. “Back for a third year is the ‘mountaintop party,’ accessible only by a moonlit gondola ride up Aspen Mountain, to an elevation of 11,000 feet. On Saturday, we are excited to add ‘All For Love,” a group civil union ceremony, which we hope will be the highest elevation group ceremony in the U.S.–if not the world.”

Each afternoon during Aspen Gay Ski Week, Limelight Hotel is the site for apres-ski parties from 3-7 p.m., attracting up to 1,000 daily. Sponsored by Bud Light and Svedka, these events feature DJ entertainment, free gifts from sponsors, a hospitality suite, heated pool and two hot-tubs.

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Aspen Gay Ski Week Has Arrived

Author: , January 14th, 2013

Aspen Gay Ski Week 2013Aspen Gay Ski Week, the nation’s largest and oldest gay ski event, returns for its 36th year from January 13 to 20, 2013, along with presenting sponsor, Bud Light. Iconic comic Drew Carey will perform at the historic Wheeler Opera House as part of the nightly events throughout the week.

This year, proceeds from the event will benefit GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network), the Trevor Project, the Point Foundation, and the local program TEACH (Teachers Empowering Agents of Change), the Western Colorado AIDS Project, the Gender Identity Center of Colorado, as well as local schools of the Roaring Fork Valley.

“World-famous Aspen plays host to a week of epic skiing, apres-ski events at The Limelight Hotel and exciting nightly events,” remarked Todd Heimel, board president of Roaring Fork Gay and Lesbian Community Fund. “Back by popular demand is the ‘mountaintop party,’ accessible only by a moonlit gondola ride up Aspen Mountain, to an elevation of 11,000 feet. Once there, guests dance the night away at high altitude.”

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CO: Glitz and Glamour on the Aspen Slopes

Author: , March 8th, 2012

Aspen Gay SkiingI’ve been to Aspen once before and I am pleased to say the charming Western town in Colorado continues to lead as America’s premier glitz and glamour ski destination. I’m not sure which is more impressive – the natural beauty of Aspen’s mountain ranges or the not-so-natural plastic surgeries of its many patrons! Of course, one comes to Aspen to ski the four mountains, and my favorite continues to be Snowmass, followed by Ajax and Highlands. (I have not tried Buttermilk.) Snowmass is 25 minutes from Aspen and there are regular shuttle buses from the center of town.

I found a wonderful lunch spot, Lynn Britt Cabin, at mid-mountain of Snowmass. It’s a charming restaurant, with linen covered table tops, that features some hearty goulash, bison stew, and an extensive wine list. Like Cloud 9 restaurant on Highlands Mountain, Lynn Britt is one of the more special places to stop for a bite after a good morning of ski runs.

I was lucky this trip in that snow had fallen the week before and so the mountains had excellent powder. The light snow of Colorado is unique; Europe, California, and the U.S. Northeast can’t compare. The busiest and best month to come is March; days are longer than in January or February, the temperature begins to get a bit warmer, and there is usually a good snow base.

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Volunteer at Aspen Gay Ski Week for Free Passes

Author: , December 12th, 2011

Aspen Gay Ski WeekCelebrating its 35th year, Aspen Gay Ski Week 2012 kicks off January 15 with a trip down memory lane, along with all the parties and powder that have made it not only the nation’s largest and oldest gay ski event, but one of the most fun happenings of the season overall (read our post on Aspen Gay Ski Week in 2011). Plus, it’s a boon for charity: Proceeds from this year’s event benefit GLSEN, the Trevor Project, and the Point Foundation, in addition to select local organizations, and come with an opportunity to get some charity – in the from of free passes – for yourself, as well.

To get the best bang for your buck, purchase a Patron Pass ($750) or Black Diamond Pass ($300), offering savings of $275 and $130, respectively, versus buying individual tickets a la carte. Passes guarantee admission to all events, and include extras like day or week access to the Aspen Club & Spa, seating at the Downhill Costume parade, VIP gift bags, lift tickets, and a charitable donation.

Or save a bundle by volunteering it’s work, sure, but a great way to attend the events and earn a pass in the process. (We think that warm fuzzy feeling you can only get by pitching in beats a hot toddy any day.) From event setup to breakdown, as well as administrative assistance, the producers need all kinds of volunteers. E-mail Bryan Gonzales (bryan@gayskiweek.com) for info.

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Win a Trip to Aspen Gay Ski Week From GayTravel.com

Author: , November 1st, 2011

The world’s leading online GLBT travel resource — gaytravel.com — is teaming up with a popular social media platform and the organizers of one of the most sought after gay travel weeks in the country for an exciting new promotion.

This year marks the 35th anniversary of Aspen Gay Ski Week.

The promoters behind the ultimate winter destination for gays and lesbians is teaming up with Grindr, the uber popular location-based mobile social media app for gay men, to offer one lucky follower of gaytravel.com a free winter dream vacation. All you have to do is go to the gaytravel.com website and sign up for the newsletter.

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CO: Aspen’s Gay Ski Week: Snow & Studs

Author: , October 21st, 2011

Aspen Gay Ski Week 2012Aspen, Colorado is notorious for entertaining the upper crust of the skiing community- but not just during the wintertime. This adorable mountain town not only provides its often-famous residents a winter wonderland to escape to, but also offers tourists a taste of the Rocky Mountain lifestyle, in style and all year round. Aspen is one of the best ski areas in the world, and draws in hoards of winter vacationers once the snow falls.

Aspen in the off-season is still very much “on” though; hiking, kayaking, biking, and other outdoorsy activities beacon visitors during the warmer months in the Rockies. The best part about this mountain town? Getting to enjoy the ambiance of the beautiful lodges regardless of what the weather may be, with a (preferably caffeinated or alcoholic!) drink in hand. For the LGBT community, the time to make this Aspen fantasy a reality is during Aspen Gay Ski Week.

The next Aspen Gay Ski Week happens January 15th-22nd, and its theme “Aspen through the Years” celebrates the 35-year history of this event that brings the skiing gays together in the beautiful Aspen atmosphere. Each day will include skiing and snowboarding on one of the four featured mountains led by a (hopefully hunky!) local guide. All levels of experience will be accommodated so don’t be intimidated- hit the slopes! Get your grub on at lunch on the mountain each day; this is also a great opportunity to mingle and meet some fellow gay skiers!

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Win a Trip to Aspen Gay Ski Week

Author: , October 19th, 2011

From GayTravel.com:

We want to send you to the premier LGBT winter event, Aspen Gay Week (January 15-22)! This fabulous prize is sponsored by gaytravel.com, Aspen Gay Ski Week and Grindr.
What’s included:

– Lift tickets and rentals
– $300 per person airfare credit
– 2 AGSW VIP tickets
– 3 night hotel accommodations

The deadline for entries is November 18th. See you on the slopes!

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Gay Travel’s Top Five Gay Ski Weeks for 2011-12

Author: , October 19th, 2011

Get ready ski bunnies! It’s almost time to hit the slopes. Looking for a great time in the snow and hot apres ski fun? Here’s our list of top five gay ski week events.

5. European Gay Ski Week, Mar 24-31: Enjoy seven superb days of skiing and snowboarding on some of Europe’s best slopes. Indulge in seven wild nights partying with hot homos in clubs hosted by the creme de la creme of Europe’s gay clubs. This year promises to be better than ever and the parties, out of this world. It’s altitude without attitude.

4. Telluride Gay Ski Week, Feb 25-Mar 3: One of the leading LGBT ski weeks is back and better than ever for their 9th consecutive year! This year, organizers are combining all their most popular apres ski events with the massive White Night Party.

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