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.

 

Frosty Fruits – Gay Skiing Down Under

Author: , April 19th, 2014

Frosty Fruits - Victoria, AustraliaFOR Daniel Lehrer, the annual Frosty Fruits Ski Trip is all about one thing: having an enjoyable time. “It’s a fun, relaxed vibe,” the Melbourne resident said. “It’s a nice way to have a relaxing trip and meet like-minded people while skiing.”

Daniel has skied extensively elsewhere in Australia and overseas, including gay ski events such as the one in Aspen, Colorado — but there there was one thing about Frosty Fruits that made it different. “Aspen gets about 5000 people attending but we don’t have that number in Australia,” he said. “I think Frosty Fruits is different because it’s a boutique event, it’s intimate. It’s not just a huge gaggle of gay guys judging each other, it’s a friendly event with everyone just having a good time.”

Now in its sixth year, Frosty Fruits has fast become Australia’s premium gay and lesbian ski week held at Hotham Alpine Resort in the Victorian Alps over six days. Organised by Points of Difference Events, events producer Adam Bold said Mt Hotham had some of Australia’s best natural snowfalls and stunning on-mountain accommodation — and some of the most hospitable, LGBTI-friendly staff around.

See the Full Story at the Star Observer

Click here for gay travel resources in Victoria.

Lots of LGBT Fun in Lake Tahoe this Month

Author: , February 3rd, 2014

Lake Tahoe, CaliforniaLake Tahoe’s slopes are in need of fresh powder, but that isn’t stopping diehard skiers or LGBT partiers from heading up to the Sierra and to nearby Reno for a winter getaway.

Reno and Lake Tahoe offer plenty of fun on and off the slopes with great dining, nightlife, and casinos or simply relaxing by the fireplace with a special someone or friends. There is something for everyone at the lakeside and northern city escape just hours from the San Francisco Bay Area.

Powder Fun

The large ski resorts that are open during this extremely dry winter have had to resort to man-made snow lately and not all lifts are operating. But there is skiing to be had, officials said. Lake Tahoe’s premiere gay ski weekend is WinterFest, which is held March 2-9 at Heavenly and Northstar ski resorts.

Authored By Heather Cassell – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

Click here for gay travel resources in Lake Tahoe.

Telluride Gay Ski Week Announces 2014 Dates

Author: , September 14th, 2013

Telluride Gay Ski Week 2013Telluride, Colorado’s gay ski week just announced their dates for their 2014 Ski Week.

Examiner.com reports:

StraightOut Media & Marketing announced today the 2014 dates for its 11th Annual Telluride Gay Ski Week event. Ranked as the “Top Ski Week in the USA” by Gay.com, Telluride Gay Ski Week is also the biggest ski week in the country spanning ten days from Feb. 21 through March 2, 2014. The theme for next year’s event, which takes place annually in the towns of Mountain Village and Telluride, Colo. and at Telluride Ski Resort, will center around equality; specifically the major strides in marriage equality like the historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling earlier this year. Further details are expected to be released in the next several weeks.

Gonna head to Telluride to hunt for ski bunnies?

Click here for gay travel resources in Colorado.

New Zealand Gay Ski Week Moved to July

Author: , November 12th, 2010

Gay Ski Week New ZealandGay Ski Week is usually held in the adventure capital in September, but a massive influx of tourists is expected in September 2011 due to the Rugby World Cup. Organiser Mike Sanford said the rugby teams probably asked for the September date so they could join in the fun.

“Accommodation in Queenstown during September 2011 will be full of rugby crowds wanting to watch men toss their balls around,” he said.

Gay Ski Week NZ has launched new dates for the event, as for the event to grow the accommodation must be available. The dates for Gay Ski Week NZ 2011 are 23 -31 July. This is the first time Gay Ski Week NZ has moved from its September spot and it has already proven successful.

Full Story from GayNZ.com

Click here for Queenstown gay travel resources.

BC: Winter Olympics to Host GLBT Pavilion

Author: , February 5th, 2010

I’ve been asked a lot if I’ll be attending the Winter Olympics this year – after all, Vancouver and Whistler aren’t terribly far from Portland. I answer the same way as I do when asked about attending most big events: “I won’t be there while the Olympics are happening, but I was just there.” In writing about travel, it’s often handier to conduct research ahead of an event, whether it’s the upcoming Gay Games (I toured Cologne last summer), this month’s Sydney Mardi Gras (I checked out the sites there in September), or the Olympics.

I road-tripped to B.C. in November, not only to dig up details on what to do in Vancouver and Whistler during the Olympics, but also to find out more about one of North America’s foremost gay parties, WinterPride, also known as Whistler Gay and Lesbian Ski Week. There’s a ton going on right now, and never before has an Olympics event had its very own GLBT pavilion (called PRIDE House, gaywhistler.com/pride-house.php), set up inside the Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre. Even cooler – the very day following the Olympics closing ceremonies, Whistler’s WinterPride (gaywhistler.com) kicks off, running March 1-8.

I hadn’t been to Whistler since the ’90s, and I was happy to see plenty of improvements without any loss of its friendliness and ski-town charm. The once slow, heavily trafficked Sea to Sky Highway is still absolutely stunning, but now it’s widened and straightened, making the drive far quicker (just be sure to carry snow tires and chains in winter).

Click here for gay travel resources.
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