I can’t think of a better way to spend the week than skiing down a gorgeous snowcapped mountain surrounded by gay men and women from around the world. Nestled deep in the Rocky Mountains, 11,000 feet in the air, Aspen, Colorado has always been known for its freshly powdered ski runs, designer boutique stores and the million dollar mountain top mansions overlooking majestic landscapes. Aspen is also the home to the nation’s largest and longest running Gay Ski Week.
Celebrating its 36th year, Gay Ski Week brings in thousands of visitors from all over the world, looking to enjoy the world-class skiing and luxurious accommodations by day, and crazy dance parties into the wee hours of the night. I had the pleasure of attending this year’s ski week and I must say, it was an unforgettable adventure. In my last column I wrote about the Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles. This adventure began the very next morning, when my friends and I jumped on a plane from LA and headed straight to beautiful Denver, Colorado. From Denver, it’s a three-hour drive to Aspen, but that did faze us. The sights on this drive were so incredible. The snow-covered mountains and rows and rows of evergreen trees all looked to be straight out of a Christmas card.
Once we arrived in Aspen, we couldn’t wait to hit the slopes. I’d love to tell you that I was an immediate natural skier, but sadly that would be a lie. Skiing is so much more athletic than you’d think, and I embarrassingly fell to the ground time and time again. I’m sure it looked hilarious and my pride took a hit, but I survived. After a couple hours, my ski suit was covered in snow and I was in serious need of a drink. Luckily, there are bars everywhere! After our skiing adventure, we went to the host hotel, where every afternoon after the ski slopes close they host a huge hot tub party sponsored by Svedka and Bud Light. Drinks were served, live DJ’s spun and they even had a free swag room with everything from caps, beanies, Iphone cases and bottle openers, which were all free to attendees. It was a hoarder’s dream, come true. But the real focus of the party was the hot tubs! Now you may be wondering who in their right mind would get into an itsy bitsy gay bathing suit in 8 degree weather, but with about 500 beautiful people lounging in hot tubs, jam packed with hot bodies and good music, everyone manages to stay pretty warm. The hot tub party made a great way to start the week off by mingling, while making new friends and forming fun ski groups for the days to come.
After every hot tub party there’s a different nightly fundraising event for the Roaring Fork Gay and Lesbian fund. These events range from mountaintop dance parties, hockey games and comedy shows starring big name comedians like Drew Carey and Brandon Walsh. My Favorite event was on the final night, after a week of skiing some amazing runs and making a ton of new friends it was time to throw on our bathing suits one more time and end the week with an all out indoor dance pool party that included open bar, catered food, water slides, and even a lazy river. Whether you consider yourself a pro skier or a beginner, whether you enjoy fine dining and indulgent shops or just want to make some great memories with your friends, Aspen Gay Ski Week has something for everyone. Put this event in your calendars now. You’ll thank me for it!
For more information go to AspenSkiWeek
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