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.

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Visiting Park City, Utah

Author: , December 11th, 2013

Utah mapIn 2002, the Winter Olympics took place in Salt Lake City, which put the destination in the public’s eye. The city grew, loosened its necktie (minimally, some will argue), and proved to be welcoming to all types of travelers. But it’s not Salt Lake City that won the gold medal for tourism, it was Park City just 30 minutes away that hosted a number of the Olympic Games. It was also Park City, not Salt Lake, that was home to unbeatable skiing, great mountain biking, and a community that welcomed people with open arms. Park City eventually grew to become one of the top destinations in the world for outdoor recreation, luxury hotels, and, of course, a small little film festival called Sundance.

While the Olympics helped facilitate growth, Park City had already served as an otherwise esoteric tourism destination, mostly for highbrow skiers. In the late 1800s, the city was founded as a silver mining town, but when that industry crashed it became a ghost town (both literally and figuratively, considering its “paranormal” history).

It wasn’t until 1963 when Park City Mountain Resort opened that wealthy skiers went beyond bunny slopes and began to bring out the whole family. In 1981, Deer Valley skiing started to develop. Not only were tourists coming, they were renting apartments and staying all season. It was more “word of mouth” then, like a best-kept secret, where they have miles and miles of great skiable terrain all to themselves. Now, millions of outdoor enthusiasts around the world not only witness some of the state’s best scenery on their cable TV, many also personally experience it.

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Dispatches From Gay Sundance: A Talk With Andrew Ahn

Author: , January 23rd, 2012

We all have a coming-out story: the porn stash your father found that forced your hand, the tearful family gathering where you just couldn’t keep it in anymore, the tender moment shared with a confidant over the phone. But director Andrew Ahn’s exit from the closet is a decidedly different one–he did it by casting his conservative Christian Korean-American parents in his queer short, “Dol (First Birthday).”

“Dol” follows Nick, a first-generation gay Korean-American who goes to his nephew’s traditional first birthday party, leaving his live-in boyfriend at home.

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Gay at Sundance: “Fourplay: Tampa”

Author: , January 22nd, 2012

Last night at Sundance, we chatted up filmmakers Kyle Henry and Carlos Trevino, partners in life and creative endeavors, about their hilarious new short “Fourplay: Tampa,” which Henry directed and Trevino wrote.

Its one of a four-part series the men have produced that explores different facets of sexuality in America (each short is named after the city it’s set in). Michael Stipe, who’s executive producing the entire “Fourplay” anthology, say it “illustrates America’s puritanical wake-up call.”

“Tampa” follows a Charlie Brown-type who goes to a bathroom looking for a Larry Craig action–but is too embarrassed by his meager endowment to seal the deal. As he sits alone in the stall, a progressively raunchier orgy evolves around him, with participants ranging from gay Hitler and orthodox Jews to a drag Marie Antoinette.

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UT: What’s Gay at This Year’s Sundance?

Author: , January 19th, 2012

Sundance Film FestivalOver the next week, GayCities’ writer Evan Mulvihill will be reporting on the best gay screenings, parties and panels at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. (Don’t forget to check in with GayCities if you’re going to be there too!)

This year, there are more than 200 feature films screening at the Sundance Film Festival–and that’s not even counting the shorts! Many address LGBT themes, are helmed by gay directors or feature out actors and actresses.

One film getting a lot of advance notice, Ira Sachs’ Keep The Lights On (above) is drawing comparisons to last year’s critical hit Weekend: It also details a drug-fueled, sex-filled gay love story–though over the course of ten years, not 48 hours.

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Gay Park City, Utah

Author: , March 4th, 2010

You may have missed Sundance Film Festival in January – and if you love cinema and celebrity spotting, it’s a must-go event – but there’s still a huge variety of reasons to visit this winter.

It’s not simply thanks to its postcard-like setting amidst snow-covered mountains soaring up to 10,000 feet into deep blue skies. Nor is it solely thanks to the incredible skiing, snowboarding, and other winter activities available at its three principle ski resorts – Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley Resort and The Canyons Resort. It’s not just due to its status as a liberal blue island in a sea of red, making it a natural choice for gay and lesbian travelers looking for some queer-friendly outdoor fun this winter.

It’s for all these reasons plus the genuinely friendly welcome you’ll receive whether whizzing down the slopes, sipping an après-ski drink at the lodge, or enjoying some up-and-coming rock band at a bar on Main Street downtown. If this isn’t enough, here are another seven reasons to put Park City on your travel gaydar this winter.

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