A Gay Ski Week in the French Alps

Author: , April 3rd, 2017

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I’ve always been a bit dubious about my friend Mario’s vacation choices – he’s a big fan of gay cruises – so when he suggested a ski trip I was at first a little hesitant. After having learnt to ski on a few family holidays in Australia, since moving to London I hadn’t really got into the swing of regular winter mini-breaks to the ski resorts of Europe. By the time you add on ski hire, lift passes and new thermals, that amazing ‘cheap deal’ always seems to end up as quite an expensive vacation.

Mario assured me that this was different – a totally all-inclusive package to one of the top ski resorts in France. He had rounded up a group of nine gays, all of fairly limited skiing ability.

Our flight out of Gatwick airport was early. Really early. Mario marshalled us together at the check in desk – all present in body, even if the coffee had yet to kick-start our personalities. After a short flight to Grenoble and a (relatively) painless coach transfer, we arrived at our hotel in Les Deaux Alpes.

I am always slightly taken aback by the overwhelming beauty of the French Alps – endless soaring peaks, their snow-covered slopes so dazzling white that it almost hurts to look at them.

The organisation of our operator was impressive – hire gear and lessons were quickly sorted and we were soon settling into the bar to work our way through the cocktail menu. This was my first all-inclusive package trip and I hadn’t quite appreciated what that meant, but at dinner on our first night it became clear – all the food and all the alcohol was included – as much as you want! I’m not known for my self-restraint at the best of times, but this was a recipe for disaster.

Full Story at Gay Star News

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European Gay Ski Week 2017

Author: , September 7th, 2016

European Gay Ski Week

Nine years in the making. European Gay Ski Week 2017, the biggest and most spectacular “Gay Winter Sports and Music Festival” in Europe, will take place in Avoriaz in the picturesque French Alps, from March 11th-18th.

European Gay Ski WeekEuropean Gay Ski Week is the first choice for gay and lesbian people from all over the world who want to experience the perfect Winter Holiday in a friendly and welcoming environment.

Enjoy a week of skiing, snowboarding, parties, great food and spas, signature party nights, Erotica, Snowball, Wig Party, and the Pool Party. EGSW 2017 is joined by international club brands such as Brut (London), BearDrop (Paris), Salvaje (Madrid), hosting nights of their own: their decks will feature the best DJ’s from all over the world.

Located in the heart of the Portes du Soleil, the biggest ski area in the world, Avoriaz resort is fully integrated into the surrounding areas, with snowy pedestrianised streets, horse-drawn sleigh taxis, and accommodations that have direct access to the slopes.

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Gay Ski Week Comes to Park City

Author: , February 19th, 2015

Gay Ski WeekA large group of gay skiers plans to arrive on Thursday for Park City Gay Ski Week, an annual event that organizers say grows each year even in one of the nation’s battlegrounds for gay rights.

Park City Gay Ski Week is scheduled from Thursday until Sunday with events on Main Street alongside days on the slopes. The event launches with a welcoming apres ski at a Main Street restaurant, according to an online schedule.

A Los Angeles firm known as Flip organizes the gay ski week as well as similar events at other mountain resorts. Tom Whitman, the senior vice president at Flip, said between 800 and 1,000 people are anticipated to attend. The number is expected to increase by between 200 and 250 people from 2014, he said. Whitman said attendance has increased annually.

By Jay Hamburger – Full Story at SDGLN | Utah Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Speed Dating Planned for New Zealand Gay Ski Week

Author: , February 11th, 2015

Gay Ski WeekDNA Gay Ski Week organizers have revealed a special speed-dating event at this year’s queer winter sport festival in Queenstown, New Zealand.

The planners will team up with the Highlands Motorsport Park in Cromwell for the ‘Highlands Hook Up’ adventure day on September 1.

The ‘Highlands Hook Up’ involves high-speed speed-dating in Highlands Porsche Cayenne Taxis, where you’ll be given three minutes to make an impression on a potential date while driving around the course at speeds of up to 200 KPH.

Full Story at Gay Star News | Otago, New Zealand Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Snowmosexuals – Your Season is Here

Author: , December 6th, 2014

Gay Ski WeekThe cliche is that gay folks have great bodies they love to show off in the summer with skimpy bikinis. That’s false. Many, many gays also have great bodies they like to cover in ugly sweaters while showing their prowess shushing down the slopes.

Gay ski weeks have been around nearly 40 years, and continue to grow in popularity. Whether you’re an experienced skier or snowboarder, or merely a cold-loving apres-skier who likes to cuddle by the fire and attend the many social events gay ski organizers offer, there’s something for you. Here’s our annual rundown of the major North American gay ski weeks for 2015.

Aspen Gay & Lesbian Ski Week, Aspen, Colo. Jan. 11-18. The granddaddy of gay ski weeks takes place (for the 38th time) in Aspen, kicking off the season when the new year is still in its infancy. Featuring a “four mountains, one ticket” deal for as little as $250, you can hit a different slope all weekend long with the “mountain du jour” plan. Keep this in mind, though: The $375 black diamond pass is all about unfettered access to the parties, not the lifts. Every day also features and apres ski hot tub party, as well as dance parties, a screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, fashion events, whiskey and costume contests. GaySkiWeek.com.

Winter Rendezvous XXXI, Stowe, Vt. Jan. 21-25. On the other side of the continent, Stowe, Vt.’s Winter Rendezvous party touts its “five days of wintry bliss” for the 31st time. From the opening night party to entertainment by Bianca del Rio and Dixie Longate to an ice sculpture carving competition to performances from DJ Mary Alice and the unexpected indoor pool party (hey, those bikini bodies will be useful after all!), there’s fun for all. WinterRendezvous.com.

By Arnold Wayne Jones – Full Story at The Dallas Voice

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Queenstown Rocks in the Snow

Author: , September 17th, 2014

Queenstown Gay Ski WeekIt is hard to imagine a more beautiful place than Queenstown on the South Island of New Zealand, and it is hard to imagine a better time to visit than during Gay Ski Week.

Situated on the stunning Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by snow capped mountains, there was a real buzz of excitement as gays and lesbians from around the world arrived into town for days of skiing in perfect conditions, and nights out on the town.

Gay Ski Week is a big deal on the Queenstown calendar. The streets were festooned with gay ski week rainbow barriers. The local shops were all involved in a competition as to who could create the best Gay Ski Week window display. ‘The business association here in Queenstown has always been incredibly supportive,’ explained Gay Ski Week organizer Sally Whitewoods.

By Gareth Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News | Queenstown Gay Travel Resources

Queenstown’s Gay Ski Week to Be Bigger Than Ever

Author: , March 30th, 2014

Gay Ski WeekHot on the heels of Queenstown becoming a gay wedding hotspot, the organisers of the resort’s Gay Ski Week have organised international travel prizes bound to grow the event’s global profile. Hundreds of gay men and women converge on Queenstown for the annual event, this year being held from August 30 to September 6, and organisers Sally and Mandy Whitewoods have used the growth of the event to leverage international coverage through some of the world’s largest gay-focused magazines.

“Every year we attract more and more people from a cross-section of countries and we’re stoked to be able to grow the event’s profile and reach even further,” Sally Whitewoods said.

“It’s fantastic we can offer people in the US and Australia the chance to experience DNA Gay Ski Week QT first hand. The prizes are just phenomenal. We’re looking forward to generating some interest and raising the profile of Queenstown across the globe.”

Authored By Grant Bryant – See the Full Story at Stuff.co.nz

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Telluride’s Gay Ski Week Begins

Author: , February 22nd, 2014

Telluride Gay Ski Week LogoCalling all snow bunnies and winter otters! Telluride’s ten-day long ski event begins this weekend and now includes a special screening of the documentary “Bridegroom” on Tuesday, Feb. 25 in addition to a guest appearance by the film’s producer, Shane Bitney Crone, who will be honored a private reception on Saturday, March 1.

“Bridegroom” chronicles the story of Shane Bitney Crone and his partner Thomas Lee “Tom” Bridegroom, who died in a tragic accident. After Bridegroom’s death, Crone found himself cut off and deprived of any legal protection. The film tells the story of their 6-year-long relationship, and the struggles Crone faced after Bridegroom’s death, including the family not allowing Crone to attend the funeral of his life partner.

Produced and directed by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason. “Bridegroom” premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival and attracted further press coverage because former President Bill Clinton introduced the film at its premiere. The film won the festival’s Audience Award for Best Documentary Film.

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Elevate Your Winter

Author: , January 27th, 2014

Elevation MammothWhen you look up the word elevation the definitions are: 1. The action or fact of elevating or being elevated or; 2. Height above a given level, especially sea level. Both fitting descriptions for the trio of mountain experiences Tom Whitman and his team have created, when you think about them.

It’s all about being high in the sky, whether literally, as on a mountain with a pair of skis or a snowboard, or the emotional high one gets when connecting with friends and having a euphoric blast.

The concept began with Elevation Mammoth 11 years ago. It was a “Why not try it” idea of Whitman’s after a stretch of super-popular LGBT events throughout Los Angeles. A long line of successful parties, of which I would wager most of us have attended at one time or another. You know the routine – dancing all night to great music, played by amazing DJs, with beautiful men and having a ball!

Authored By Joel Martens – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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WinterPride Coming to Whistler

Author: , January 22nd, 2014

Whistler Winter PrideEveryone is welcome at WinterPride’s annual celebration of diversity.

Whether gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual or straight — single, coupled or swinger — circuit queen or leather-fetish aficionado — Whistler’s annual WinterPride ski week has something for everyone, and the only key to participation is an open mind.

Of course, following the mantra ski, eat, celebrate, repeat doesn’t hurt either.

Taking place this year from Jan. 26 to Feb.2, WinterPride is one of the leading ski weeks in the world and a must-attend festival for those wanting to celebrate diversity. Over 3,000 people are expected to arrive from Canada, the United States and internationally in Whistler over the week long period, and already the energy in the Village is palpable.

Authored By Claire Piech – See the Full Story at The Province

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