10 Of The Best International Gay Ski Weeks For 2014


January kicks off gay ski-week season, when thousands of queer guys and gals hit the slopes—not to mention hot tubs—all over the world. For NewNowNext.com, I’ve put together a list of some of the best wintery retreats, offering miles of fresh trails, apres-ski cocktails, pampering, parties and memories to never forget. See five of the gay ski weeks selected below, with the full set on NewNowNext.com:

Aspen Gay Ski Week
January 12-19
Aspen, Colorado

The 37th edition of the first and most famous gay ski festival hosts a week of  skiing, snowboarding, parties, concerts, drag and more. Enjoy cocktail and dinner events, music with country-pop hottie Steve Grand, comedy with Mario Cantone, a downhill costume parade, theme parties and daily hot-tub gatherings starting at 3pmAnd while Colorado has yet to legalize marriage equality, Aspen Gay Ski Week is sponsoring a group civil-partnership ceremony in downtown Aspen on January 18.

Winter Pride
January 26-February 2

Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

Boasting North America’s highest vertical drop, world-class Whistler welcomes LGBT snowbunnies for daily après-ski parties and themed events like FURRocious (a uniform and leather bash) and the Mad Hatter Mar-Tea-ni Party. There’s also the Mr. Gay Canada grand finale  and fashion show.

SWING: Switzerland Gay Ski Week
March 2-9

Lenzerheide/Valbella, Switzerland

Residents of the Graubünden region of Switzerland are practically born with skis on, but if you’re a newbie there’s still plenty of hiking, ice skating, snow-shoeing and tobogganing. Or you can skip the outdoors altogether, and enjoy Hotel Schweizerhof’s Turkish baths and sauna, movie nights, fondue parties and art talks.


Elevation: Mammoth
March 12-16
Mammoth, California

Enjoy the companies of over 2,500 party-ready riders and skiers. Nine major parties fill the week of snow and booze, including the annual highlight of the 10,000 Feet party (literally that high above).

European Gay Ski Week
March 22-29
Tignest, France

Six years on, European Gay Ski Week is one of the biggest on the continent, with more than 190 miles of trails. After hanging up your skis, spend you nights in the lounge being entertained by drag divas, cabaret stars, magicians and burlesque queens. Later in the evening, international party brands—including Hustlaball, Spain’s WE, Paris’ LAB’s and Berlin’s GMF—host debauched gatherings for gays of every stripe.

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About Andrew Villagomez

Andrew Villagomez is a lifestyle journalist, style photographer and owner of VeeTravels.com. He contributes to publications such as Details.com, Out Magazine, Logo TV's NewNowNext.com, Passport Magazine, Latina.com, Thrillist.com and more. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @VeeTravels

Posted on November 29, 2013, in Events, Gay Travel, Travel and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.


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