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Fall 2006 | Ski Tripping

Fall 2006 | Ski Tripping

With more than a dozen annual gay and lesbian ski events around the world, finding a set of slopes that suits your personality requires a flurry of planning. Prepare for the snow by finding your "type" below.

POWER MOGUL
Aspen Gay and Lesbian Ski Week (January 14–21)
The trip: The longest running gay ski week celebrates its 30-year anniversary with exclusive parties offering debauched, cocktail-fueled networking among a who’s who of glamorous gay power players.
Aprés ski: Diverse lineup of events on four different mountains, a downhill costume parade, and a glam film festival.
Extra credit: New gondola in Snowmass and new passenger cars for the gondola in Aspen.

INTERNATIONAL PLAYBOY
European Gay Ski Week, Les Trois Vallées, France (March 12–19)
The trip: This all-inclusive four-star luxury trip (organized by Alternative Holidays) brings in 300 slope seekers who represent over 40 different nationalities. It’s a multilingual mix.
Aprés ski: In addition to daily parties, the host resort, Val Thorens, offers massages, dance classes, and a steamy Turkish bath.
Extra credit: You can ski right up to the door of the resort and into someone’s arms.

POWDER PUFF
Swiss and International Gays, Lenzerheide, Switzerland (March 3–10)
The trip: This intimate affair attracts around 50 gays and lesbians of different ages. The ski area of Lenzerheide/ Valbella in the Graubünden mountains is perfect for beginners, offering numerous bunny trails.
Aprés ski: Fondue in a mountain hut, a gay cinema evening in the quaint old village theater, and cabaret.
Extra credit: Night skiing under dim lights and stars should ensure no witnesses if you have a wipeout.

PROCRASTINATOR
Need an extra season to learn how to ski so that you don’t embarrass yourself in front of all those power moguls? Consider a trip to the Southern Hemisphere, the setting for two ski weeks in September 2007: Gay Ski Week New Zealand in Queenstown and WhiteOut in Victoria, Australia.

MORE GAY SKI EVENTS

[Note: Many event dates for the 2006-2007 ski season have not yet been announced. Please check back frequently for the most up-to-date information.]

January 3-7
Utah Gay & Lesbian Ski Week
Park City, Utah

February 2007 [TBA]
Vail Gay and Lesbian Ski Week
Vail, Colorado

February 2007 [TBA]
GayWhistler Ski Week 2007
Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

February 16-19
Winter Explosion 2007: "Family Reunion"
Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, New York

February 2007 [TBA]
Denver Meltdown: Black Gay Ski Week
Denver, Colorado

February 26-March 5
Telluride Gay Ski Week
Telluride, Colorado

February 24-March 4
Ascent, the Winter Party at Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe, NV

March 2007 [TBA]
Lake Tahoe WinterFest 2007
Lake Tahoe, NV

March 2007 [TBA]
Elevation 2007
Mammoth, CA

March 2007 [TBA]
Switzerland Gay and Lesbian Ski Week
Davos, Switzerland

March 28 - April 1
OutBoard 2007
Keystone, Colorado

April 2007 [TBA]
Gay Snowhappening
Soelden, Austria

If you know of any other gay ski events happening during the 2006-2007 season, please let us know! Send an e-mail to update@outtraveler.com.

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