Gay Ski Weeks: Color the Slopes 

When winter sets in you probably think it’s time to retire your party spirits for the next couple of months and hibernate until things heat up again. Well you would be wrong! While the cold season may bring with it chilly temperatures and shorter days, it also welcomes the gay ski season, and we simply can’t hide our excitement! Skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports take the LGBTQ community to new elevations worldwide. However, the fun doesn’t end on the slopes. Gay ski weeks are known for their hot entertainment. From fabulous drag queens to heated pool parties, the events keep you more than sizzling well after you’ve put your skis away for the day.

The long tradition of gay ski weeks first began at Aspen Gay Ski Week in 1977. Since then, the concept has handsomely evolved into an annual LGBTQ celebration, with almost 20 gay skiing and snowboarding events taking place in the world today. After all, what could be better than hurtling down the ski slopes by day, then getting wild on the dance floor at night? Not much we say. From the snowy European peaks to the powdery white inclines of North America, gay ski events bring out the best in winter sports across the globe.

So you’re covered this winter, we’ve rounded up the top gay ski events for 2019. So now the question is, which gay ski week will you be seen at?

 

 

Aspen Gay Ski Week - Aspen, USA

January 13 – 20, 2019

Aspen Gay Ski Week is the reigning queen of all gay ski events, and in 2019 it will be celebrating its 42nd anniversary. With so much experience under its belt, it’s a given that Aspen Gay Ski Week knows how to show you a good time. For an entire week, the powdered slopes of Aspen will come alive with a host of different activities and events. We’re talking skiing and snowboarding, benefit dinners, comedy nights, and plenty of dance parties where you can get you vogue on. 2019 will also see the popular Pool Party return, where hot tubs, pools, waterslides, and plenty of party spirits are guaranteed! See details

 

 

Arosa Gay Ski Week - Arosa, Switzerland

January 19 – 26, 2019

Switzerland is home to some of the best ski slopes in the world, so it makes sense that a gay ski week will be taking to the country’s picturesque mountains for a colorful celebration. Since 2005, Arosa Gay Ski Week has welcomed hundreds of ski-punters from Europe and beyond for one of the continent’s best gay winter vacations. By day, make use of 222 kilometers worth of ski and snowboarding runs, and by night mingle with comrades at the event’s incredible line-up of dinners and parties. Highlights include the cheese fondue evening, the Arosa Drag Race, and the Addicted Pool Party. See details

 

 

Whistler Pride and Ski Festival - Whistler Blackcomb, Canada

January 20 – 27, 2019

Are you game enough to hit the slopes of Canada this January? If so, you need to get yourself to the annual Whistler Pride and Ski Festival. 2019 will mark this gay ski week’s 27th anniversary, and as per usual you can look forward to a host of on-slope and off-slope activities and parties to keep you toasty. Think a comedy night with everyone’s favorite comedic air hostess Pam Ann, as well as an indoor pool party with DJ Rafael Calvente. For 2016 and 2017, the Gay Travel Awards voted Whistler Pride and Ski Festival the Best Winter Event, so find out just why and start planning your gay ski week in Whistler now. See details

 

 

Winter Rendezvous - Vermont, USA

January 23 - 27, 2019

Are you ready for one of the best rendezvous to hit Vermont? If so, you need to get yourself to Winter Rendezvous. For five days in January, Stowe Mountain Resort welcomes hundreds of LGBTQ enthusiasts for Winter Rendezvous, making it the biggest gay skiing event in the north-eastern United States. Whether you’re a ski pro or more of a novice, Winter Rendezvous offers plenty of outdoor activities, parties, and entertainment options guaranteed to keep you satisfied from start to finish. Expect a bowling night, a wet n’ wild pool party extravaganza, and an on-slope drag competition. Convinced yet? You should be! See details

 

 

Elevation Gay Ski in Utah - Park City, USA

February 21 – 24, 2019

Elevation Utah began in 2010, and is a sister gay ski week to the iconic Elevation Mammoth. The four-day gay ski party will take place in Park City, and will promise an exciting agenda of ski activities, parties, and group dinners. While we don’t like to favor anything in particular, we have to say we’re pretty sold on the Onesie Après Ski Party which will happen on night two. Elevation Utah markets itself as a weekend of serious fun, new and old friends, and a community coming together, so be part of something special and start planning for this gay ski celebration now. See details

 

 

Elevation Mammoth Gay Ski - Mammoth Lakes, USA

March 13 – 17, 2019

While your first thoughts of California may be dreamy beaches and swaying palms in the sun, the state is also home to the third largest gay ski week in North America, Elevation Mammoth. With over 17 years experience, Elevation Mammoth knows a thing or two about throwing a memorable gay ski week. Over the course of four days, you can prepare for a mix of ski activities and incredible parties that provide the perfect occasion to meet fellow ski enthusiasts. There will be huge dance parties welcoming nationally-renowned DJs, alongside a bowling night and several après skis. If you’re looking for the perfect dose of fun this ski season, you need to get yourself to Elevation Mammoth - you won’t regret it. See details

 

 

European Snow Pride - Tignes, France

March 16 – 23, 2019

For one week in March, the charming ski resort of Tignes in the French Alps will come alive in rainbow for the annual European Snow Pride. This will be the event’s seventh edition, and as per usual, you can expect a series of theme nights, après ski parties directly on the slopes, and plenty of fondue! A unique feature about European Snow Pride is its Pride Parade, which first took place during the event in 2015, and has been occurring every year since. The parade is organized by Montpellier-Tignes-Pride, and welcomes the Mayor of Tignes, Jean-Christophe Vitale to head the procession down the slopes. European Snow Pride promotes itself as the best gay ski week in Europe, so pack your bags and decide for yourself. See details

 

 

Snow Gay Weekend - Boí Taüll, Spain

March 21 - 24, 2019

While you may associate Spain with warm weather and beaches, the country is also host to Snow Gay Weekend, which will be taking place this March in Boí Taüll. The four-day ski festival will include performances, parties, activities, relaxation, and games. The specific line-up is yet to be determined, but we can assure you there will be several guest artists set to illuminate the slopes with plenty of entertainment. Along with loads of skiing and a jam-packed program, you can look forward to a picturesque setting in the heart of the Pyrenées. So will we be seeing you in Boí Taüll this gay ski season? See details

 

 

Gay Snow Happening - Sölden, Austria

March 23 – 30, 2019

Sure the days may be short in winter, but why not make the most of your short days and long nights this ski season with an experience at Gay Snow Happening? Hitting the Austrian slopes towards the end of March, this gay ski week offers an array of mini-events, parties, and winter sports that will keep you entertained. A series of ski guiding sessions will take place throughout the event, where guides and instructors will teach any slope novice the art of skiing and snowboarding. Gay Snow Happening also promises plenty of alternative social opportunities including karaoke and a steamy spa evening. Sold yet? We thought so! See details

 

 

Gay Ski Week - Zermatt, Switzerland

March 29 - April 1, 2019

One of the newer additions to the already existing repertoire of gay ski events in the world, Gay Ski Week Zermatt is already beginning to turn heads. For three days at the end of March, avid ski fans can take to the picturesque Swiss slopes of Zermatt for a fun-filled weekend of ski activities, parties, and group dinners. Spend the day experiencing 360 kilometers’ worth of ski slopes that straddle Switzerland and Italy, then settle in at each of Gay Ski Week’s organized dinners in the evening. Highlights include the much anticipated Swiss Fondue Evening and the Après Ski Cocktail Party! See details

 

 

Jasper Pride Festival - Jasper Canada

April 25 – 28, 2019

Jasper is a charming ski resort located in the Rocky Mountains of Canada, and each year in April, gay ski-goers can hit the slopes in color for Jasper Pride Festival. Jasper is a diverse and welcoming community, and during the annual festival this could not be felt any more. If you plan to experience your pride on the slopes in Canada this April, this Pride Festival is the place to be. Not only can you enjoy a rainbow flag skiing parade, but also a Pride on the Hill Party as well as a host of après skis. Foodies will also rejoice in an experience at Jasper Pride Festival, as Jasper offers a series of internationally-inspired restaurants to satisfy the palate. See details

 

 

Can’t make any of these fantastic winter parties?

Don’t despair, here’s a list of other gay ski weeks taking place across the globe.

 

European Gay Ski Week - Les Arcs, Paradiski

March 23 - 30, 2019

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Queenstown Winter Pride - Queenstown, New Zealand

August 30 - September 8

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Swing Gay Ski Week - Lenzerheide, Switzerland

March 10 - 17, 2019

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Skeive Ski - Scandinavian Ski Pride - Hemsedal, Norway

March 7 - 10, 2019

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Gay Ski Week Australia - Mount Hotham and Falls Creek, Australia

TBD

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