In QSaltLake’s last issue, we featured national and local gay and lesbian ski weeks taking place in January and February. As a reminder, we start with Ski OUT Utah’s Friends Weekend and the Queer Utah Aquatic Club’s annual fundraiser, Ski-n-Swim. QUAC has now opened registration for all events online.
SuperSkiOutUtah ‘Friends’ Weekend Feb. 4–8, 2010
Utah’s only gay and lesbian ski and snowboard club will host their first ever ‘friends’ ski weekend over four days starting with skiing and snowboarding at Park City Mountain on Thursday, Snowbird on Friday, The Canyons on Saturday, and Deer Valley on Sunday. The non-profit winter social club has grown in the last two years and has been planning to host a national gay and lesbian ski week or weekend. It will test the waters for such an event this year by inviting friends locally and from across the country to Utah for a long weekend of socializing and winter sports. As many members of Ski OUT Utah have homes and condos at or near the base of Utah’s resorts, the weekend’s parties will include invites to Ski OUT Utah member’s homes for drinks, food and hotubbing after a day on the hills, and local bars will also host parties. Sunday is the date of the Super Bowl and a huge party will be hosted by Jeff Ottman at his Park City condo in Bear Hollow. Look for more information at skioututah.com and sign up for emails and blasts at your favorite social networking site that Ski OUT Utah frequents.
QUAC Ski-n-Swim Feb. 12–14, 2010
Local gay and lesbian swim club QUAC will be raising funds to send swimmers and a water polo team to the Gay Games in Cologne, Germany (July 31–Aug. 7, 2010). The annual Ski-n-Swim fundraiser will also support other QUAC activities throughout the year. Moving the skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing events to Valentine’s Day will also allow more participation at Snowbird. The swim tournament will be at Steiner Aquatic Center, 645 South Guardsman Way, near the University of Utah campus, on Saturday. Anyone wanting to rent ski, snowboard or snowshoeing equipment can get up to a 25 percent discount for gear at Utah Ski & Golf locations in Salt Lake City and Park City, by just mentioning Ski-n-Swim 2010. Also included in the discounted price that Snowbird is offering Ski-n-Swim registrants will be a buffet lunch at the Cliff Lodge, which will also serve as QUAC’s home base to meet for all outdoor events at the resort. QUAC is also offering the buffet lunch separately from the outdoor activities. Registration for participation for all events can be made at ski-n-swim.org or quacquac.org.
Telluride Gay Ski Week Feb. 20–27, 2010
StraightOut Media & Marketing returns for its seventh year in creating this Saturday to Saturday gay and lesbian ski week, held in association with the Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association. This year, the producers have announced The Matthew Shepard Foundation as the week’s 2010 Presenting Sponsor, and a special fundraising dinner for the Foundation will be held on Tuesday night which Judy Shepard, Matthew’s mother, will attend. Other sponsored events include: a Sunday evening meet-n-greet at the official host hotel, The Peaks; a Monday night skating party at a new skating rink in Mountain Village, Colo.; The Blue Ball Dance Party at the official T-10 headquarters hotel, Capella, with French DJ Guillaume; Amazing Race winner, Reichen Lehmkuhl’s Hump Night on Wednesday at a local bar; and Chemistry.com’s White Night Party on Thursday at The Peaks, featuring L.A.-based, DJs The Perry Twins. A special fundraising fashion show will also be held on Saturday, Feb. 27th to help raise funds for the Telluride AIDS Benefit. T-10 is offering a VIP T-Pass for $195 for entrance to all events except The Matthew Shepard Foundation’s dinner and the Telluride AIDS Benefit fashion show. Go to telluridegayskiweek.com for information and room rates.
WinterPRIDE March 1–8, 2010
Although the 2010 Winter Olympics being held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada from February 12–28, look to see the Olympic flags being replaced by WinterPRIDE flags at Whistler Resort for the largest annual gay and lesbian ski week in North American. This year, Alpenglow Productions Corporation and GayWhistler have secured PRIDE House in the center of Whistler Village at the Pan Pacific boutique hotel for the duration of the Winter Olympics, WinterPride and the Paralympics. Open Feb. 8 through March 21, this is a place where gay and lesbian athletes, their friends and any gay-friendly folks may visit, watch events on TV and fraternize with like-minded visitors.
WinterPRIDE features events for men and women during the week and great skiing and snowboarding on Whistler’s runs, with Travelocity’s Never Roam Alone Ski Guides on hand to help visitors explore Blackcomb Mountain, Glacier Creek and Whistler Mountain.
The Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa is the official host hotel and boasts $52 million renovations for the Olympics and WinterPRIDE, as well as a five minute walk to the lifts. Local and other international DJs will spin at various parties such as Monday’s welcome party at Skier’s Plaza, Tuesday’s Kiwi Cowboy and Cowgurl Party presented by Air New Zealand, the women-only Bubbles and Boobies wine and spa event at the Solarice Spa, and a pool party featuring a performance from Vancouver’s glamour ‘Queen,’ Jaylene Tyme, both held on Thursday. Saturday night’s premiere events include Manhunt’s MountainTOP Snowball which features dinner, a gondola ride and Grammy Award winner Hex Hector spinning tunes at the top of Whistler Mountain, and the annual Shred Betties Bash produced by Flygirl, which will feature the UK’s DJ Riki Rocket. Early bird pricing for events has been extended to Jan. 15th special promotion codes will be offered for booking flights with Air Canada and accommodations through Travelocity. For more information, visit gaywhistler.com and pridehouse.ca.
Elevation 2010 March 17–21, 2010
Enjoy spring skiing California style at Mammoth Mountain, Calif., which can be reached via direct flights from Los Angeles on Horizon Air or a six hour drive from LA. This year, producers Tom Whitman Presents and Cassis Travel Services, Inc. have put together family packages, or D Squared/M Squared (Daddy/Daddy and Mommy/Mommy) plans, which include nanny service, kid’s lessons, family hour, and one day lift tickets. Also included are couples packages and single packages at host hotel, the Westin Monache. Through Cassis, Elevation 2010 has secured lower rates than offered by AAA or MVP at the Westin and at the other host hotels, The Village at Mammoth and the Mammoth Mountain Inn.
The highlights of Elevation 2010 are the free welcome party on Wednesday night, held at Lakanuki; Cherry Pop at 10,000 feet on Friday, which includes a gondola ride to the mountain top; and Saturday’s après-ski party, Freeze, which will start at 3 p.m. and will be followed by another après-ski party, Defrost, at 5 pm. Following Defrost will be Cliffhanger at the Canyon Lodge, the largest dance party of the weekend, which will last until 1 a.m. Check out mammothgayski.com for more information.
European Gay Ski Week March 20–27, 2010
This European ski event has been growing steadily. Last year, over 600 gays and lesbians from 27 different countries participated. This year, enjoy spring skiing and snowboarding in the French Alps at a mountain resort town and ski area called Escape Killy. The host ski resort is Tignes and the Grand Motte glacier allows winter skiing for eight months out of the year. Highlights of this week event are a mid-mountain dance terrace held every day where local DJs will be spinning mid-day; a daily, late-afternoon party on the terrace of Le Coffee; and parties at local bars and clubs, hosted by Europe’s best known gay clubs, like London’s Trade and Salvation, and featuring DJs from all over the continent. Parisian women’s party promoter Primanotte and City Pink will also be coordinating women-only events during the week stay. Passes for all events are available and the promoters will help book travel. Special discounts are available for students. For more information, visit europeangayskiweek.com.
WinterFest XV March 7–14, 2010
Lake Tahoe, Calif. boasts seven ski resorts, but getting to all of them during this event will require a car or careful planning to get on the correct bus. Lakeland Village Beach and Mountain Resort hosts this annual event along with the Nevada Commission on Tourism and the Nevada Gay & Lesbian Convention Visitor and Convention Bureau. Discounts are available at Lakeland Village by using the WinterFest discount code. Two options, the Diamond Party Pass and the Midwest Party pass, include a 10 percent discount on daily lift tickets along with tickets to all events. Event tickets can be purchased separately allowing visitors to find other lodging. Shuttles from Lakeland Village are available to Heavenly Tahoe.
The WinterFest opening party on Sunday night will welcome skiers and boarders with complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and the main events during the week include a Thursday evening Luau on Ice, featuring tropical drinks and a Hawaiian barbeque; Friday night’s Comedy Night and an Italian feast at Tep’s Villa Room, featuring ‘out’ comedian Dennis Leary; and Saturday night’s WinterFest Dance Party, featuring DJ Joe Bermudez, at the Lakeland Village. Lake Tahoe is also within convenient traveling distance of Nevada. For more information, visit laketahoewinterfest.com and skilaketahoe.com.
OutBoard 2010 March 30–April 4, 2010
After last year’s trip to Crested Butte, Colo., the members of Outboard have decided to take the annual gay and lesbian snowboarder’s week back to Breckenridge, Colo. While skiers are welcome to this extended weekend, the majority of the attendees are snowboarders. Outboard has blocked rooms at the Main Street Station, located at the base of the lifts, and registration as well as tickets to parties and other events can only be purchased though the event’s Web site.
Outboard begins with a welcome party at the Main Street Station’s Pioneer Club on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. Wednesday night will feature a two-hour ice skating party at the local ice rink and Boy’s Soup on Friday night at the Breckenridge Recreation Center Pool. The largest event will be held on Saturday night at the River Walk Center. Called the Outboard 2010 Extravaganza, this will feature dinner, tunes by Outboard’s returning favorite DJ Foos, and entertainment by Denver’s Demented Divas. Although this is the official closing party for the week, snowboarders can still hit the slopes on Sunday. For more information, go to outboard.org.