As we work to build up the Mammoth Gay Ski site, we wanted to make sure it was easy to find a schedule of Gay Ski Weeks in 2018. Depending on where you live, how far you’re willing to travel, and how much you’re willing to spend, you don’t have any time to lose in planning your trip(s) for this year’s roster of Gay Ski Weeks:
Aspen Gay Ski Week (Colorado)—January 14-21, 2018
Like the resort itself, Aspen hosts one of the most famous Gay Ski Weeks in the world. It may not resemble the regalia and trappings of this year’s all-out bash, but the earliest origins of Aspen Gay Ski Week go back 40 years to an argument in a bar about whether liberal Aspen was ready for something as scandalous as two guys dancing openly together. Nervous as a first-timer? Don’t be! Aspen Gay Ski Week has a resource guide specifically for Gay Ski Week Virgins. It also makes an effort to make women feel welcome. The Women’s Dinner on Wednesday night is sure to be packed.
Gay Ski Week Stowe (Vermont)—January 17-21, 2018
This is just 5 days full of fun. There’s an opening mixer party, performance by Miss Coco Peru, a barefoot bonfire, downhill costume drag competition, ice-carving, stand-up comedy, and plenty of après-ski opportunities sandwiched in between. Then, of course, there’s the skiing. They don’t have an all-inclusive trip package, but they might as well for the steep discounts on lodging and lift tickets for those who buy an event pass.
Arosa Gay Ski Week (Switzerland)—January 20-27, 2018
We’ve never been, but from the looks of it, Arosa Gay Ski Week has everything you would expect from a Gay Ski Week. No doubt, you’ll see the European twist on Gay Ski Week. But from the welcoming message, to the crazy schedule of concerts, lounges, food, and skiing/sledding, we came away impressed. Not to mention the stats and reviews we’ve heard about Arosa Ski Area.
Whistler Pride (British Columbia)—January 21-28, 2018
Along with travelers from dozens of countries and plenty of local Canadians, this is a favorite among Seattleites, Portlanders, and the Pacific Northwest. 26 years running, Whistler Pride is a great opportunity to discover or return to this world-class ski resort. Get your tickets early and find your favorite genre-specific party or just enjoy the festivities.
Utah Gay Ski Week/Elevation Utah (Park City)—February 22-25, 2018
The 8th annual Park City Gay Ski Week, aka Utah Gay Ski Week, aka Elevation Utah, is sure to be a blast. Find out for yourself what makes PC the quintessential mountain town and home to one of the hidden gems of the LGBT community. This is a sister event to our own beloved Mammoth Gay Ski Week and associated with Tom Whitman. Even with a full schedule of après-ski and night events, things can sell out so get your passes ahead of time.
Telluride Gay Ski Week (Colorado)—February 24-March 3
Here’s another can’t-miss opportunity for Gay Ski Week. It’s got everything you would expect: Opening Night Party, all-day spa and pool, Comedy Night, and tons of skiing and snowboarding. Drag Show Bingo is something a little different about Telluride’s Gay Ski Week. Closing night involves a big AIDS Benefit Fashion Gala (and the obligatory after-party). Also, pack an appropriate outfit if you think you might be interested in attending the White Party at the Sheridan Opera House.
Snow Gay Weekend (Spain)—March 1-4, 2018
This 4-Day Gay Ski Week event is hosted by the Boi Taull ski resort in the Pyrenees Mountains. We don’t speak Spanish, but the website can be reliably translated and judging from the program, lodging options, and mountain/ski area stats, Snow Gay Weekend is totally legit.
Breck Pride (Colorado)—March 7-11, 2018
Breck Pride has all the usual fare and festivities in a Gay Ski Week, including live music, comedy night, costume run, and tons of après-ski. A trip to Breckenridge is pretty much never a disappointment, but Breck Pride throws in a kicker for the skiing enthusiast. As part of the program, you can choose to participate in the First Tracks event, which will give you access to ski the mountain an hour before the general public. Now, that’s pretty awesome, especially if you’re an early-riser.
Mammoth Gay Ski Week (California)—March 14-18, 2018
Our original hometown favorite event! It’s also the namesake and an integral part of the history that is Mammoth Gay Ski. The beach party and brunch are fun, but this week has always been, for me, the perfect blend of skiing, music, and partying. Take it from the event’s Core Mission Statement, “2,500 riders. 9 major parties. 0 attitude.” That sounds about right to us and helps explain why the culture and outcome of this event remains so strong year after year.
These Gay Ski Week events are both located in southeastern France (in the mountains, not along the coastline). They’re not exactly the same ski area, but they’re not far apart. In other words, if you want to really do up Gay Ski Week in a whirlwind adventure, you can travel to this semi-remote part of France and attend two different Gay Ski Weeks all in one blast.