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.  

 

Bear in mind that various gay ski weeks mentioned may be subject to change in time due to possible developments concerning Covid-19. Be sure to tune in regularly for updates.

Aspen Gay Ski Week - Aspen, USA

Aspen Gay Ski Week - Aspen, USA

January 16 – 23, 2022

Aspen Gay Ski Week is the reigning queen of all gay ski events, and in 2022 it will be celebrating its 45th anniversary. In keeping with tradition, Aspen Gay Ski Week will be offering a fun-filled program of events alongside its usual skiing schedule. Think a vibrant opening party, a fashion and art night out, a downhill costume party, and of course the iconic grand finale pool party. Additionally, 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

Arosa Gay Ski Week - Arosa, Switzerland

January 22 - 29, 2022

Switzerland has a lot to celebrate. Not only did the country recently vote a resounding YES to Marriage for All, but it will also be welcoming the 17th edition of the iconic Arosa Gay Ski Week next January. 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. Arosa Gay Ski Week is open to every spectrum of the LGBTQ community, and promises a fabulous line-up of daytime fun in the snow, and nightime fun with new friends. We're sold on the ADDICTED Pool Party and the WhiteSnow Ball for starters! See details

 

 

Whistler Pride

Whistler Pride and Ski Festival - Whistler Blackcomb, Canada

January 23 - January 30, 2022

Fan of Whistler Pride? So are we! It comes as no surprise that Whistler Ski Festival is lauded as the biggest and best LGBT2QI ski-week in the world! 2022 will mark the event'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 Rendez Vous Vermont

Winter Rendezvous - Vermont, USA

January 19 - 23, 2022

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. Alpine punters can enjoy five days' worth of skiing and snowboarding during the day, then a rich program of fun events come evening. We're talking a bonfire cocktail reception, drag bingo, and a wild pool party with DJ Keith James, so back your best pair of swimmers. See details

 

 

Elevation Gay Ski Utah

Elevation Gay Ski in Utah - Park City, USA

February 23 - February 27, 2022

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. After last year's blow, event organizers are returned more motivated than ever to offer a fun-filled program, and boy will they deliver. Along with daily skiing and snowboarding activities, you can look forward to loads of après-skis alongside various themed nights, including GloHo, a neon-themed party. See details

 

 

Snow Queer Weekend - ARAMON Formigal-Panticosa, Spain

March 8 - 13, 2022

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. See details

 

 

European Snow Pride

European Snow Pride - Tignes, France

March 12 – 19, 2022

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 ninth 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

Elevation Mammoth Gay Ski - Mammoth Lakes, USA

March 16 – 20, 2022

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, and 2022 will be no exception to tradition. This year will mark the event's 20th anniversary, and to celebrate, the program will include everything from après-skis to mezcal wine tasting and bowling.  See details

 

 

European Gay Ski Week

March 19 - 26, 2021

European Gay Ski Week is Europe's largest LGBTQ+ Skiing and Boarding Event. After a two year hiatus, European Gay Ski week is promising the biggest celebration they've ever had, and you're invited along! This will be the event's 14th edition, and to celebrate, it will be taking over the resorts of Arc 2000 and Arc 1950. Along with daily après-skis, EGSW will be hosting a series of special dinners including a Fondue Night and Raclette Soriée. Those traveling alone can also benefit from the solo diners table, where you'll be able to make new friends in no time. See details 

 

 

Gay Snow Happening

Gay Snow Happening - Sölden, Austria

Canceled for 2022

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Gay Snow Happening Sölden will no longer be taking place on the original dates: March 20-27. But event organizers plan to update their page regularly with any changes. 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

Jasper Pride Festival - Jasper Canada

April 1 – 10, 2022

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.

 

Gay Ski Week Hakuba - Hakuba, Japan Alps

March 4 - 13, 2022

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Swing Gay Ski Week - Lenzerheide, Switzerland

March 19 - 26, 2022

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Queenstown Winter Pride - Queenstown, New Zealand

Canceled

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

September 2022 (dates TBD)

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