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Gay Ski Weeks: Color the Slopes 

When winter sets in, those with a keen interest in keeping up the party, and an even keener interest in hitting the slopes, often start planning their gay ski week calendar for the season. Gay skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports take the LGBTQ community to new elevations worldwide. Along with all the alpine sports, gay ski weeks are known for their hot entertainment. From fabulous drag queens to heated pool parties, the events keep your spirits high well after you’ve put your gay 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 flourished 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. However, like many aspects of 2020, Covid-19 has thrown the globe's usual gay ski week calendar into disarray.  

 

In light of the current pandemic, many of our favorite gay ski weeks are either postponing their events until 2022, or offering a lighter version. Here's the latest updates so you can plan your alpine schedule accordingly. 

Aspen Gay Ski Week Lite - Aspen, USA

January 17 – 24, 2021

Aspen Gay Ski Week is the reigning queen of all gay ski events, and in 2021 it will be celebrating its 44th anniversary, albeit in a lite way. Due to Covid-19, the usual staples including the Pool Party, Belly Up Comedy Night, and Top of the Mountain Dance Party will either be put on hold or alternatively transpire in a virtual form online. Nevertheless, local hotels will still be taking bookings, and ski and snowboarding equipment can be rented over the period. A portion of the proceeds from online bookings will go to helping AspenOut raise funds for its philanthropic work in the LGBTQ community. See details

 

 

Arosa Gay Ski Week - Arosa, Switzerland

Usual program postponed until January 2022

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. Due to Covid-19, the usual line-up of Arosa Gay Ski Week 2021 will be postponed until 2022. That said, in keeping with strict governmental regulations, partner hotels will be open and prepared to welcome guests wishing to ski or snowboard on the slopes of Arosa & Lenzerheide. Regular guests booking through the event's site can also enjoy special rates. See details

 

 

Whistler Pride and Ski Festival - Whistler Blackcomb, Canada

January 23 - January 30, 2022

Fan of Whistler Pride? Unfortunately you'll have to wait another year before you can hit the slopes here. In any case, 2022 will mark this gay ski week’s 29th 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. 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 "Abbreviated" - Vermont, USA

January 20 - 24, 2021

Are you ready for one of the best rendezvous to hit Vermont? If so, you need to get yourself to Winter Rendezvous. Normally taking place over 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. Due to Covid-19, Winter Rendezvous 2021 will be a little "abbreviated" with many of the signature events such as Drag Bingo and the Pool Party being put on hold until 2022. That said, alpine punters can still enjoy five days' worth of skiing and snowboarding, with the host hotel, SMR Ski Resort, and restaurants still operating at limited capacity. See details

 

 

Elevation Gay Ski in Utah - Park City, USA

February 24 - February 28, 2021

Elevation Utah began in 2010, and is a sister gay ski week to the iconic Elevation Mammoth. The four-day gay ski party usually takes place in Park City, and offers an exciting agenda of ski activities, parties, and group dinners. Elevation Utah markets itself as a weekend of serious fun, new and old friends, and a community coming together. But due to Covid-19, Elevation Utah will look a little different in 2021. Event organizers are still in the process of planning accommodation and an appropriate event schedule, so stay tuned for details. In any case, they're committed to making this happen! See details

 

 

Snow Queer Weekend - ARAMON Formigal-Panticosa, Spain

March 8 - 14, 2021

Formerly Snowgay Weekend, this gay ski week in Spain has given itself a new set of accessories and a new name, and is now Snow Queer Weekend. Taking place in the ARAMON Formigal-Panticosa Ski Resort in the heart of the Pyrénées mountains, Snow Queer Weekend will offer a full week of skiing, snow, parties, relaxation, and spa. The picturesque ski resort offers 180km of slopes, and will be the setting for a lavish Marchica Après-Ski. The host hotels are within the Panticosa Spa Resort, and each offer dreamy spas to dip into after a day on the slopes. Due to the current pandemic, local governmental regulations will be stringently followed, and should the event be canceled, all bookings will be 100% refunded. See details

 

 

European Snow Pride - Tignes, France

March 13 – 20, 2021

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. Powered by SCRUFF, this will be the event’s eighth edition, and in keeping with local health guidelines, all events will take place under the strictest safety measures. 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

 

 

Elevation Mammoth Gay Ski - Mammoth Lakes, USA

March 17 – 21, 2021

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 18 years experience, Elevation Mammoth knows a thing or two about throwing a memorable gay ski week. As a result of the current Covid-19 pandemic, Elevation Mammoth will look a little different for 2021, but event organizers are still committed to making the iconic gay ski week happen. Respecting local health guidelines, Elevation Mammoth aims to go above and beyond in terms of creating safe and fun spaces for all attendees, so stay tuned for details. See details

 

 

European Gay Ski Week

March 20 - 27, 2021

European Gay Ski Week is Europe's largest LGBTQ+ Skiing and Boarding Event. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the popular gay ski week will not be offering its regular program. The slopes will still be open, however, and event passes will be free! While ski enthusiasts will still need to pay for accommodation, on-site hotels are offering free COVID 19 cancellation up to your day of arrival. EGSW is committed to hosting a big party, but only should the current situation improve by March, so stay tuned for updates. See details 

 

 

Gay Snow Happening - Sölden, Austria

Canceled for 2021

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Gay Snow Happening Sölden will no longer be taking place on the original dates: March 20-27. But there is always the 2022 ski season. Usually hitting the Austrian slopes towards the end of March, Gay Snow Happening offers an array of mini-events, parties, and winter sports that will keep you entertained. A series of ski guiding sessions normally take place throughout the event, where guides and instructors 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

 

 

Jasper Pride Festival - Jasper Canada

April 22 – 25, 2021

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Jasper Pride Festival was unfortunately unable to take place for 2020. Hopes are still high for 2021 though, with dates already set. So stay tuned for updates. 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.

 

Swing Gay Ski Week - Lenzerheide, Switzerland

March 7 - 14, 2021

See Details

Queenstown Winter Pride - Queenstown, New Zealand

August 27 - September 5, 2021

See Details

 

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

September 3 - 12, 2021

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