ELEVATION TREMBLANT 2019: Let’s Have a Ski-Ski

Author: , December 7th, 2018

Elevation Tremblant

Chad Callaghan stops by with a post on the upcoming Elevation Tremblant ski week:

If you’re anything like me, you’re already itching to be on the slopes. At least, let’s hopethat’s why you’re itching… Luckily, Daddy Christmas has been good to his boys this year and blessed us with plenty of early-season snow and…drum roll please… a brand new ELEVATION Gay Ski Week! (*waits patiently for a chorus of “Yas Kweens”*)

Producer Tom Whitman is bringing his Midas touch to the slopes of Tremblant, Quebec, the #1 ski resort on the East Coast. ELEVATION MAMMOTH has long been the gay ski week gold standard out West, so you’ll understand my excitement that the event is heading East. I know, I know, Canada sounds so exotic and distant, but it’s actually only a couple of hours drive from NYC to Quebec’s “trembling mountain.” (Yes, I googled it, that’s actually what Tremblant means in Algonquin, k?)

Plus, who doesn’t love a man from Montreal?

Whitman says he’s always wanted to expand East, and Tremblant checks all the boxes. “It’s one of the best ski towns in North America and Quebec is famously welcoming to the LGBTQ community. It’s a great place to taste a little Quebecois culture, drink in some natural beauty, and hang out with sexy, friendly boys and girls from Toronto and Montreal.  Oh yeah, and our East Coast.”

This year, Whitman’s three ELEVATION events, the “Triple-Crown of Gay Ski,” are well-spaced enough that you could conquer them all.

First up is the freshman event in Tremblant. Taking place January 31stto February 3rd, it’s just far enough after New Years that you’ll be ready for a midwinter gay getaway. In its inaugural year, ELEVATION TREMBLANT is sure to draw a massive crowd of ELEVATION enthusiasts, sporty New Yorkers, and Canadian first-timers (be gentle, they’ve never done this before). Get in on this event early. Years from now, when Tremblant’s gay ski week has become an annual tradition for all the gays from Toronto to Boston, you can say you were one of the first.

Next up is the 9thannual ELEVATION Utah. Set February 21-24th, that gives you three weeks to recover from your Canadian kiki before you meet up with 1,000+ bromos and slope sisters for the annual invasion of the gays in Park City, home of Sundance, the Salt Lake Olympics, and plenty of former-Mormons who just wanna let loose. If you haven’t been recently, it’s worth noting that Park City and Canyons resorts merged a couple of years back, so that’s 7300skiable acres and some of the world’s most beautiful vistas. It’s now the largest ski resort in the U.S. While ELEVATION Mammoth keeps the party mostly contained to the Village, ELEVATION Park City takes you for a twirl on the town, to some of the best local night clubs and restaurants, so pack your dancing boots.

ELEVATION season ends with a little spring skiing. March 13-17 (St. Patrick’s Weekend) marks the 17thannual Mammoth Gay Ski Week, the crown jewel for ski huntys and board bros alike. This year, they’re expecting almost 3,000 guys and gals to take over the Village, transforming this sleepy ski town into a bona fide boy buffet. And if you’ve never been before, expect to be pleasantly surprised by how friendly everyone is.

Whitman says he started ELEVATION MAMMOTH to offer an alternative to the gay party scene in the great outdoors. “What makes ELEVATION work is the attitude of the attendees, or lack thereof. We encourage everyone to leave their ‘city attitude’ at the door, to be friendly, to introduce yourself to new people. Every year people return because of the friends they’ve made and the connections they’ve forged.”

While each ELEVATION event has its own local flavor and flair, there are a few events I personally look forward to every year: The Onesie Apres Ski is a classic (seriously, don’t forget your onesie. If you don’t have one, you’re doing life wrong), the Mammoth Aprés at 10k is the only time I’ve seen someone twerk in ski boots, and the all-new main event, GEAR, is perhaps the sexiest party of the year. It’s like a warehouse party at altitude (don’t think about it too hard). The dress code is in the name: transform your ski equipment into something a little kinkier, just put some THOT into it… or go ahead and pack your harness. I know you’ve got one.

Every year, I have a different experience at ELEVATION, and I’ve loved every one of them. I’ve met some of my favorite people on the mountain at Mammoth, and spent whole days getting some one-on-one time in with one of my besties in Utah. You can ski all day and crash early, party hard and sleep in, or be the first-chair-last-call hero we all wish we were.

My body is ready. Let’s have a ski-ski.

For more information on ELEVATION TREMBLANT, click here.

 

Notchland Inn – Hart’s Location, New Hampshire

Author: , April 14th, 2017

Notchland Inn

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

A comfortably elegant 1860s mansion on 100 forested acres. Fourteen spacious guest accommodations, individually appointed, all but one with woodburning fireplaces, some with Jacuzzis.

Romantic 5-course dinner, bountiful country breakfasts.

Secluded, yet near to all of Mount Washington Valley – a magical location.

See the Notchland Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in New Hampshire

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

Southeastern France Gay Travel Resources

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Green Mountain Inn, Stowe, Vermont

Author: , October 19th, 2015

Green Mountain Inn

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Welcoming guests to Stowe since 1833, the beautifully restored Green Mountain Inn Resort offers the perfect blend of modern comfort and classic elegance in 107 unique guest rooms, luxury suites and village townhouses. Guests enjoy many on-site amenities, such as two acclaimed restaurants, specialty shops, a year-round heated outdoor pool, game room, complimentary afternoon tea and cookies, WiFi, and use of a fully equipped health club offering a large Jacuzzi and massage services. The Inn also specializes in hosting corporate retreats, meetings, weddings, “escape” ceremonies and events of all kinds!

See the Green Mountain Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Northern Vermont

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Friends Lake Inn, Chestertown, New York

Author: , May 25th, 2015

Friends Lake Inn, Chestertown, New York

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Friends Lake Inn offers all-inclusive romantic getaways in upstate New York. Our historic Adirondack hotel sits across from the pristine Friends Lake and is surrounded by lush forests. The property offers two on-site dining options, including an award-winning fine dining restaurant and a welcoming taproom featuring more casual faire and regional microbrews.

See the Friends Lake Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in New York

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

See lots more LGBT ski weeks here.

Visiting Mont Tremblant National Park

Author: , February 16th, 2014

Carlos Melia SnowshoeingDuring my stay in Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada, I took a day of from the main resort activities, the luxury and comfort from my hotel the very lovely Hotel Quintessence and ventured myself for an overnight experience at Mont Tremblant National Park. The National Park is located approx. 45 minutes away from the resort. Mont Tremblant National Park or Parc national du Mont-Tremblant is a 1,510.10 km\0xB2 provincial park located north of the town of Mont Tremblant. It is the second largest national park in Quebec after Kuururjuaq National Park.

Created in 1895. it was originally called Parc de la Montagne-Tremblante (trembling mountain). It is home to 45 mammal species, including the park’s animal emblem, the wolf, and another notables such as moose, white-tailed deer, black bears and beavers.

All year long the park remains open and there are plenty of activities and options. I spent a day an a half Snowshoeing and Cross Country Skiing, and slept overnight at one of their great cabins. Are you a nature lover who enjoys wide-open spaces? Mont Tremblant National Park offers a wide variety of exciting experiences year round. Do you enjoy water activities, the outdoors and ecotourism? Are you an avid hunter or fisher, a history or science buff, or a gourmet?

With numerous educational and recreational activities offered in the heart of spectacular natural settings, Mont Tremblant National Park has something for everyone! During the summer, alternative activities are: Hiking, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, cycling… and the most fun, if you get lucky, close encounters with Bears.

All activities begin from the beautiful and modern Discovery Center. A simple, original, low-enviromental-impact building. There you can plan your stay, learn about some of the area’s finer points or just relax and enjoy a nice meal.

Snowshoeing. Appreciate the calm and purity of this season by putting on your snowshoes and heading off on the trails. Over 48 km of trails are spread over 2 sectors. The circuits are designed for families and seasoned users alike. In the Diable sector (26 km), you can go snowshoeing on the eastern shore of Lac Monroe, or on the following trails: Lac-des-Femmes, La Roche, La Corniche and Les Ruisselets, which leads to La Hutte hut. The popular Centenaire trail is also accessible on snowshoes! Snowshoes rental is available at the Discovery Centre and Pimbina Visitors Center .

Cross Country Skiing. In La Diable sector, 39 km of ski trails are marked and mechanically groomed. The trails are spread over 6 circuits, ranging from easy to difficult. You can take a break at one of the 6 warming huts heated with a wood stove. Skiing equipment rental is available available at Discovery Centre. We did a brief stop at one of the public Huts, to get warm. In this huts, visitors can choose to stay for the night if they want.

Around 4PM my activities where finished, and I decided to walk to my cabin, since I decided to spend the night on my own at the park. A 3 kilometers walk, that took me approximately one hour, with several stops for photo and video moments. Once I got to my Nature Cabin, I was quite impressed with the comfort and conditions of my cabin.

It reminded me a lot to the warms rooms at the ICE Hotel in Sweden. Comfortable all-wood cabins, can accommodate four people. (see photos below). This year they have also inaugurated the EXP Cabins (Experience Cabins) which are ultra cool. After the nature cabins, a new generation of accommodations made its entrance in Parcs Quebec in summer 2013.

The EXPs reflect the personality of each park, providing a different experience from one park to the next. Imagine a dwelling full of windows that lets the sights of nature come inside and gives you a sense of living outdoors. Designed for 2 people, the EXP is composed of one room and it has 2 single beds. It is fully equipped: hot water, heating, full kitchen, bathroom and 2-burner electric stove. Mont-Tremblant, Jacques-Cartier and Monts-Valin national parks are the first to have these buildings.

During the night I ventured on my own to do one of the runs, but was snowing so hard, was so cold and it was so dark, that I decided to go back to the comfort of my cabin, enjoy the lovely dinner, which was delivered to my cabin from one of the restaurants in Mont Tremblant Resort, and call it the day.

Authored By Carlos Melia – See the Full Story at The Carlos Melia Blog

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Weekend Skiing in Quebec’s Mont Tremblant

Author: , February 11th, 2014

Carlos Melia SkiingIn my full winter olympics spirit, and invited by Tourisme Mont Tremblant, I spent my weekend at Mont Tremblant Station skiing in the Laurentian Mountains. And indeed my experience was very olympic and VIP, since my private instructor was Mrs. Ellen Guay, mother of the Canadian ski olympian Erik Guay.

So there where no room for error…. I spent a lovely weekend, only an hour away Non-Stop flight on Porter Airlines from New York City, staying at the exclusive Hotel Quintessence. Mont Tremblant, is North America’s second oldest Ski Resort at the highest peak of Quebec’s Laurentian Mountains. This year Tremblant is celebrating it 75th anniversary.

I spent a full day skiing and I must say, I LOVED IT. It was the right amount of people, great facilities, breathtaking scenery and pre/post Skiing the perfect balance of entertainment, relaxation, restaurants and happening.

I ski down both the North and South side of the mountain, only on the beginners runs, since I wanted to keep it safe…. after all I was working and reporting for you guys. I cannot wait to come back from more soon, this time…. on my private time.

Here is a survival list for Mont Tremblant in terms of Ski Gear. I come not very well prepared and I found all I needed either at the stores in the resort and at the Mont Tremblant Station Rental Shop, so do not panic. Obviously, equipment (ski, boots, poles). The helmet is not mandatory but strongly recommended.

The same goes for goggles, to protect your eyes from intense wind or snow. As for layers, it really depends on the weather, and the type of ski you are willing to do. If you are looking for a sporty, intense ski experience, I would recommend light layering, but with windstopping/humidity release attributes.

If it is really windy and cold, and you are not into very physical skiing, then you can go for something warmer. You might want to add a face mask to protect from frost bites in these conditions. For a morning like I had with temperature around -10C, I would go with warm smart socks, lightweight pants base layer, insulated snowpants, and similar for the body, lightweight base layer + polar or duvet depending on the weather, and a windstopping shell.

Good mitts are also primordial, and a Balaclava under your helmet if you have one, if not, a tuque with a neck warmer that you can wear high enough to cover your nose when it’s very cold.

Authored By Carlos Melia – See the Full Story at the Carlos Melia Blog

Click here for gay travel resources in Quebec.

Carlos Melia Visiting Quebec’s Mont Tremblant

Author: , January 30th, 2014

Carlos MeliaThis weekend I will be reporting live from de Ville de Mont Tremblant, in Quebec, Canada. Invited by Tourisme Mont Tremblant and Hotel Quintessence, I will be spending four days, relaxing, researching, reviewing and skiing at this at North America’s second oldest Ski Resort at the highest peak of Quebec’s Laurentian Mountains. For that yesterday I went shopping to The North Face and Century 21, and got my gear ready, I mean, the forecast is 9 Degrees Fahrenheit (-13 Celsius) during the day, so I better be ready.

I found a few great things, like this Ear Warmers with built in speakers, so you can ski or snowboard at your own rhythm and tunes. (regular price USD 30. Century 21 discounted price USD 14). Got a few FlashDry T-Shirts from The North Face (USD 50 each) to stay dry and warm while out. And this AMAZING Wind Stopper performance running pants that you can wear out or under your jeans (USD 140). Finally two pairs of globes, both with iPhone Touch Screen system, so I can snap photos and videos even at the most adverse weather conditions.

Now back to my visit to Mont Tremblant, here is basically what I would be exploring. (JAN 30th to FEB 02nd, 2014). Hotels to stay and/or do Site Inspections: Hotel Quintessence, Fairmont Tremblant and Nature Cabin at Parc National Mont Tremblant. Restaurants to experience: Windigo Restaurant, Patrick Bermand Restaurant, and sEb L’Artisan Culinaire and a very local lunch experience at MicroBrasserie La Diable.

Activities planned: Skiing and Snowboarding of course, and on top of that, Snowshoewing, Dog’s Sledding (wow I haven’t done this since my Arctic experience in Sweden from Kiruna Airport to the ICEHotel). And of course, after all this, some unwinding and relaxation at Scandinave Spa, to enjoy a thousand-year old Scandinavian hydrotherapy tradition… perfect after a full day skiing, don’t you agree?

I will be flying Porter Airlines for the first time, Non-Stop from New York to the Ville de Mont Tremblant. So stay tuned to my blog and follow the minute by minute on CarlosMeliaBlog Instragram. I will also be reporting and representing LGTNetwork – Luxury Gay Travel Network, during my visit.

Authored By Carlos Melia – See the Full Story at The Carlos Melia Blog

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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.

Full Story from Sherman’s Travel

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