India: The New Gay-Friendly Destination

Author: , January 14th, 2012

India Gay TravelIndia is increasingly being touted as a gay-friendly destination, and as a result it is becoming possible to book gay tours in the subcontinent. One tour group, GoPink. Asia (gopink.asia, 13055177887) set itself up about a year ago and is slowly developing a range of tours for the gay market, says company spokesman Erwan Bothorel.

Some of those tours include visits to the homes of gay Indians as well as the usual range of visits to the country’s historical, cultural and natural attractions. New this year is what is being touted as the first gay ski week in the Himalayas. The trip runs Feb. 17-26 and starts with three nights in Delhi, with a visit to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal, thrown in.

Travellers then head to the Gulmarg Ski Resort near Srinagar in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, for six nights. There are a few activities for people who don’t want to ski, but skiing is definitely the thing to do.

Full Story from the Ottawa Citizen

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On and Off the Slopes in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Author: , January 13th, 2012

Steamboat Springs, ColoradoIf you think Ski Town USA is only about the skiing, think again. Winter in Steamboat Springs can be a time to try everything from fly-fishing to hot-air ballooning to skinny dipping in a remote natural hot springs.

Want some indoor activities? How about Pilates, knitting classes or throwing a bowl on a potter’s wheel. All that variety exists because of the balance Steamboat has struck as a vacation destination and a town in its own right. In fact, the number of hotel beds is nearly equal to the number of residents – about 12,000.

In years like the current one, when ski resorts in Colorado have had a slow start because of a dearth of snow, the off-the-slope activities have salvaged many a vacation.

Full Story from Edge Boston

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Another Contest: Ski Canada and Explore Like a Local

Author: , January 13th, 2012

BanffEnter the “Ski Canada and Explore Like a Local Contest” for your chance to win a seven-night ski getaway for two people at one of four premier resorts. Each participating resort is stamped with its own unique character, mountains of snow and friendly locals. No matter which resort you choose, you’ll be guaranteed great skiing or snowboarding, an array of exciting apres-ski activities and the inside scoop on how best to experience our winter wonderland.

How to enter:

In 200 words or less, tell us which of our four Western Canadian resorts (Whistler, Banff, Fernie, or Sun Peaks) you want to visit and why. Find out more about our four participating resorts featured on this site to help you decide. Click on the “Enter Now” button below to enter your essay before the deadline of February 15, 2012 at 11:59pm EST.

Eligibility:

Contest is open only to legal residents of the forty-eight (48) contiguous United States and the District of Columbia who are at least twenty-one (21) years old; and who have internet access as of 11/15/11. Employees, officers and directors of Sponsor, Canadian Tourism Commission, Canadian Destination Ski Consortium, the Four Western Canadian Resorts, Air Canada, and their respective parent and affiliate companies and advertising and promotion agencies, as well as members of the immediate families (spouses, parents, siblings and children, and each of their respective spouse, regardless of where they reside) or households (whether related or not) of any of the above are NOT eligible to participate. The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void in Alaska, Hawaii and where prohibited. Entrants are responsible for complying with these Official Rules.

Full Story from National Geographic

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Skiing in Vermont

Author: , November 28th, 2011

Vermont SkiingThe holidays make December all the more enticing in Vermont’s snowy mountains with festivals, events and good natured cheer emanating from the resorts. Here is a sampling of some of the resorts’ holiday packages, events and deals.

Holidays at Stratton are Spectacular: Enjoy traditional celebrations like the Gobble Gobble Wobble 5K, feasting and fireworks and partake in events you won’t find anywhere else, such as Snowboard Celebration Week.

Jay Peak Resort Invents Weather-Proof Ski Vacation: The team at Jay Peak Resort has invented a weather-proof winter vacation for your holiday pleasure. Using a quarter of a billion dollar investment, the resort began working on the innovation three years ago.

Full Story from Edge Boston

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Skiing in the Adirondacks

Author: , November 28th, 2011

Adirondacks Gay SkiingNovember heralds the beginning of winter in the Adirondack Mountains of Northern New York, and everyone – from alpine skiers and boarders, to families looking for a quick winter retreat, is gearing up for snow.

Skiing is synonymous with winter in the Adirondacks, whether tackling some of the big Adirondack Mountains , rugged backcountry or gliding along groomed terrain on cross-country skis.

Less than two hours south of Montreal and four hours southeast of Ottawa, New York’s premier ski destination awaits. Whiteface Mountain’s hometown of Wilmington offers lodging deals and a festive winter atmosphere all season long. Nearby, the village of Lake Placid offers boutique shopping, ice-skating and fine dining at Adirondack restaurants . Enjoy seasonal attractions like dogsledding, toboggan rides and outdoor ice-skating right in the village.

Full Story from Edge Boston

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Ski Gay Whistler, British Columbia

Author: , September 17th, 2011

Whistler Gay Skiing

Whistler, in British Columbia is a highly popular and gay-friendly resort town. Whistler is widely known for the Gay Ski Week and WinterPride–to be held Feb 5th through 12th, 2012. The 20th Anniversary of WinterPride marks the celebrations of being ‘out’ on the slopes and welcomes all orientations and genders.

There are no official gay bars, but the thing about Whistler is that every bar, pub, restaurant and hotel welcomes anyone, regardless of their life style, so there is no prejudice in this town, whatsoever.

The Town

The town thrives on its huge selection of gay-friendly bars, restaurants and hotels, happy to accommodate everyone throughout the winter. If skiing is your favourite pastime, Whistler is the place. Boasting some of the world’s best ski slopes, any skier, both advanced or novice, can enjoy the quality snow and stunning landscapes of the Pacific Coast Mountains range.

The resort town has a permanent population of just under 10,000 residents, but throughout the year it has over two million visitors passing through to just visit, or experience the alpine skiing on offer.

The town benefits from its location, nestling comfortably between the Whistler Valley and the Blackcomb Mountains. The fantastic snow falls and the splendidly unique appearance of the town almost give the impression of a small Austrian Alps town with a sort of chocolate box look about it.

Things to Do

If you visit Whistler in the summer, there is an absolute bounty of outdoor pursuits for just about anyone. You can choose from rambling, hiking, golf, horse riding, mountain biking, rock climbing, paragliding, kayaking and canoeing and a whole bunch of other activities.

The gay friendly bars and restaurants are saloon style and Buffalo Bills is a top notch nightclub and gay friendly bar. They host year-round events and is one of the mainstays of the town since 1995. Sundial Place and Village Lane or the focal points for the pedestrianized town center, where you will find bars, restaurants, saloons and taverns, gift shops, clothes shops and even cigar shops, to please any discerning visitor.

The range of world foods covers just about every corner of the globe, too, with the Old Spaghetti Factory, Fat Tony’s Pizza and chocolate factory, for those with a sweet tooth.

Skiing

Most of the year round, Whistler is packed with Skiers and snowboarders, who head to the Blackcomb Mountains for some fun. For great ski deals Canada is the best place in North America. There are many resorts and hotels who are TAG–Travel Alternative Group–approved, where gay and lesbian people are warmly welcomed.

Of its thirty-three ski lifts, sixteen of them are high speed, so traveling up to the piste is faster than ever. The area boasts over eight thousand acres of land, the longest ski season in the whole of Canada and the largest skiing area in the entire North American continent, as well as the biggest vertical rise of any mountain there, too.

If you fancy trying heli-skiing, Whistler is the place. You get to play on over one hundred thousand acres of terrain. There is also snow-cat skiing which offers the option of back country guided snowboarding. Snowshoeing and dog-sledding are also on offer, so, those of you who fancy shouting ‘mush!’ can have the enjoyment of riding a husky powered sled through the mountains. For more fun in the snow, there are snow mobiles for rent. There is a guided tour available, with one guide for every six riders.

Fancy Christmas in Whistler? No better place for a sleigh ride than the Blackcomb and Whistler mountains! Take your boyfriend or girlfriend for a romantic sleigh ride as the gentle snowflakes fall around you by the light of the moon.

Of course, Whistler wouldn’t be what it is without conventional cross country skiing too. Slap on the skis and head down to Lost Lake. It is a mere five minute walk from the village and you get to enjoy over 19 miles of the scenic woodland to enjoy. It is super terrain for the novice skier and a great way to get your ski legs, so to speak. You could even head do to Callaghan Valley which offers back country wilderness and plenty of adventure.

If you are an early riser, you might like to make fresh tracks in the newly fallen snow. Head off around 7:30am and get ahead of the rest with your skis. Tickets can be obtained from ‘guests services’ and are available seven days a week.

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Finding Gay Vermont

Author: , February 12th, 2011

Gay VermontI woke up disoriented, holding a plaid-clad teddy bear. It was unusually quiet as I reached for the moose-embellished bedside lamp. Click. My brain finally connected the dots, and as I emerged from the fog of a deep sleep at Moose Meadow Lodge in Waterbury, Vermont, I was greeted with a blanket of white outside my window. A broad sea of white, actually, it seemed soft and fluffy like a quilted pillow top. The flakes were still falling fast, like opaque marbles rolling vertically down the window.

This was the second prolific snowstorm in as many weeks, and I was relieved that I arrived two days earlier. Vermont in the wintertime is unpredictable. The Green Mountain State averages 81 inches of snow yearly, but this number swings wildly year-to-year.

Luckily for me, I took advantage of the snowfall the day before when the sky was clear and the sun was shining. I woke up at dawn, snapped on some snowshoes, and trekked up to the highest point of the property – the Sky Loft. From there, I feasted upon the first daylight view of the gently rolling hills becoming mountains in the distance. I could see all around, deep into the valley and across the range.

Full Story from Gay Travel

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