Our Top 13 of the Best Gay Ski Weeks in 2020
It doesn’t matter if you hibernate in Europe, North America or on the other side of the hemisphere, we know we will get you in a spring mood with our Top 13 Best Gay Ski Weeks worldwide 2019! It is time for some gay-friendly fun in the Alps, Rocky Mountains, Pyrenees or on top of any other snowy mountain with LGBT winter sports fans from all over the world. You may wonder why you should go party in the snow but is there any good reason not to?! There are still a lot of small mountain villages and ski resorts where LGBTQ+ people are not fully accepted. But during a Gay Snow Event, homosexual locals and travelers get the opportunity to enjoy Ski and Snowboard fun with a great time, even off the ski pistes with a low chance of homophobic aggression and a big chance of amazing gay winter sports!
Snow & gay-friendly winter sports 2019
There is something about Karl you should know… he LOVES snow! Karl grew up in the mountains of East Germany and went to a winter sports school all the way up in the east German uplands. He is Snowboarder by heart and former Managing Editor for Blog & Social Media for Snowplaza, one of the biggest German Ski and Wintersports Sports Websites in Europe. His snow mountain experiences combined with our motivation to stand for an openly gay lifestyle is a perfect match for attending one or more of the Top 13 Best Gay Ski Weeks worldwide. Have a look at our list of the Top 13 Best Gay Ski Weeks sorted by dates and maybe we will meet you on one of the slopes in the Austrian, Swiss, French, Norwegian, American, Canadian or even New Zeeland ski resorts!
Gay-friendly Ski Resorts News
And of course, we already attended two of the Top 13 Best Gay Ski Weeks to be precise, Jasper Pride in the Canadian Rocky Mountains and in British Colombia visiting Vancouver and attend the 26th and 27th edition of Whistler Pride Ski Festival 2018. The winter season in the Alps just about to begin. And there will be alway some great news for LGBTQ+ winter sporters when new Gay Ski Events will premier all around the world. Like last year for example, when the Addiction Ski & – Boarderweekend in Kaprun was organized. We will keep an eye on it and inform you more about if there is a new one this winter season 2018/2019. And now, join us and see the World of gay-friendly winter sports through a couple of men‘s eyes!
Top 13 Gay Ski Weeks Worldwide:
#1 Aspen Gay Ski Week | Aspen, USA
The Ski Area Aspen in the United States of America is internationally well known, even in Europe. It also can be listed as one of the most gay-friendly ski areas worldwide. The Aspen Gay Ski Week takes place already since 1977 in the historic mountain town of Aspen in Colorado. With its more than 480 km ski and snowboard runs on the four ski areas Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, and Snowmass, it offers a variety of skiing and snowboarding terrain. If you are a fan of cross-country skiing, snowshoe and winter hiking, the Ski area of Aspen offers all trails in the Elk Mountains of Colorado.
Dates: January 12th – 19th 2020
#2 Arosa Gay Ski Week | Arosa, Switzerland
The Ski Area Arosa in Switzerland is one of the most gay-friendly Ski areas in the Alps with rainbow flag swaying all winter long. Since the year 2005, the 7-days event is offering world-class entertainment in the Swiss mountains on its 220 km slopes full of snow, skiing, and fun for more than 600 lesbian and gay winter sports fans from over 30 different countries. See you on the slope of during Arosa Gay Ski Week!
Dates: January 18th – 25th 2020
#3 Whistler Pride & Ski Festival | Whistler Blackcomb, Canada
Canada is known to be one of the most gay-friendly countries in the world. And in 2017, the North American country was celebrating its 150th anniversary as a united nation. The Whistler Pride & Ski Festival is not that old yet but will be celebrating it’s 28th anniversary in 2020. Since 1992 women, men and everyone in between come together at Ski Whistler Blackcomb to enjoy gay-friendly Winter sports on more than 250 km ski slopes. The loaded entertainment program and the lively ski resort Whistler will make your Pride & Ski Festival in Canada an unforgettable experience. We had the pleasure to attend the 27th edition in January 2019!
Dates: January 26th – February 2nd, 2020
#4 Snow Gay Weekend | Boí Taüll, Spain
Even in Spain, it can be a winter wonderland! “Rainbow Barcelona Tours” is organizing a Snow Gay Weekend in the Spanish Pyrenees of Lleida at Ski Area Boí Taüll. The 47 km ski and snowboard run facing the North are offering perfect snow conditions and are the base for your Winter vacation in Spain. Sports, events, partying and the hosts Pupi Poison and La Nenuco will make sure this weekend will be an unforgettable one!
Dates: March 5th – 8th 2020
#5 Elevation Utah Gay Ski Week | Park City, USA
Next, to Aspen, the USA has more Ski areas to offer. For example, the Ski Area Park City – Deer Valley in Utah with its three ski areas Park City, Deer Valley, and The Canyons all together form about 250 km Ski & Snowboard runs up to an altitude of 3.050 meters. The Utah Gay Ski Week is inviting LGBT ski and snowboard fans for the 10th time in 2020 with a full program of events in a world-class ski resort. The long weekend in the mountains of Utah is about a fun time for new and old friends and the community coming together. Definitely worth a try after we have been at Zion National Park in Utah.
Dates: February 26th – March 1st 2020
#6 Elevation Mammoth Gay Ski Week | Mammoth Mountains, USA
The Mammoth Ski Area is the origin of the Elevation Ski Week brand. Already since 16 years California’s best Ski area Mammoth Mountain is the home of the Mammoth Gay Ski Week presented by Tom Whitman. South of Yosemite National Park and North of Sierra National Forest, Mammoth Gay Ski Week takes place by the Mammoth Lakes not far from the Mono Lake we visited during our 1-mount road trip southwest of the USA. Create your own event by putting together the tickets for the events of your choice.
Dates: March 18th – 22th 2020
#7 SWING Gay Ski Week | Lenzerheide, Switzerland
Let’s call it the little, older sister of the Arosa Gay Ski Week. This year the SWING Gay Ski Week in Swiss Lenzerheide is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Good to know: Arosa and Lenzerheide are two ski resorts of the huge Ski Area Arosa-Lenzerheide with 225 km ski and snowboard pistes. Their slogan “Another Way of Skiing” stands for a gay-friendly personal organized ski week in a high valley with snow guaranteed and a full event agenda. Meet friends, enjoy the snow and have fun together with like-minded LGBT people from all over the world.
Dates: March 8th – 15th 2020
#8 Jasper Pride Festival | Jasper, Canada
“Jasper, Proud & Free” – Since 10 years annually in March Jasper is celebrating its Jasper Pride Festival including a rainbow flag skiing parade at Ski area Marmot Basin with around 100 km ski and snowboard runs. Jasper is a fairytale mountain ski resort in the Canadian Rocky Mountains with a traditionally diverse and open-minded community. It is for the resident queer community, the LGBT traveler and the many LGBT couples a wonderful place to enjoy their Winter and ski vacations in between Vancouver, Edmonton, and Calgary. We loved our time in Jasper National Park for Jasper Pride Festival! Now we can show you more of the Canadian gay-friendliness and beauty of nature of the Rocky Mountains.
Dates: April 23rd to 26th 2020
Read here all about: Our Jasper Pride Festival Trip
#9 European Snow Pride | Espace Killy, France
The French Alps are the stage for two Gay Snow Weeks in Spring. First, we have the European Snow Pride at Espace Killy, a 300 km ski runs big ski region with the two ski areas Val d’Isere and Tignes. Espace Killy is culminating at 3.450 meters for beginners to experts. An impressive line-up of Après-Ski DJs, vocal performers and dancers are rocking the Alps in France since 2011 with extraordinary mountain scenery.
Dates: March 14th – 21st 2020
#10 European Gay Ski Week | Les Arcs, France
Happy Birthday! The European Gay Ski Week celebrates in 2019 its 11th anniversary. Hundreds of other LGBT people will celebrate Europe’s No. 1 Gay Winter Sports and Music Festival, the European Gay Ski Week at Paradiski in France. One of the world’s largest connected ski area with the well-known ski resort Les Arcs is hosting the biggest gay-friendly Ski week in Europe for the 11th time. Our famous Dutch Drag Queen Lady Galore was there last year. Join the gay and lesbian ski and snowboard fans and celebrate an unforgettable Winter Ski Vacation in France.
Dates: March 21st – 28th 2020
#11 Skeive Ski – Scandinavian Ski Pride | Hemsedal, Norway
Welcome in Hemsedal, the so-called “Scandinavian Alps”! Up to 45 km ski runs and a very gay-friendly Nordic vibe creating for LGBT ski and snowboard fans perfect conditions for one of the best Ski Pride Festivals in Europe. Unfortunately, the official website is only available in Norwegian at the moment. What we do know about the Scandinavian Ski Pride, is that the Norwegian LGBT community is doing since 2011 its best to provide on and off the slope, an amazing rainbow-colored Scandinavian Ski Pride that you don’t want to miss!
Dates: March 12th – 15th 2020
#12 Gay Snow Happening | Sölden, Austria
The number one Ski Nation in Europe, Austria is hosting the Sölden Gay Snow Happening in one of the most famous Ski areas at Ötztaler Alpen. Since 1998 almost annually the Austrian LGBTQ+ community is celebrating 145 km ski slopes the variety of LGBT life. The Ski area Sölden is offering a snow guarantee and a lively Après-Ski activity up to an altitude of 3.340 meters. Soon more details here on our blog about the Ski Week in Austria.
Dates: March 21st – 28th 2020
#13 Gay Ski Week QT | Queenstown, New Zeeland
While in Europe the summertime is ending, in New Zeeland spring is about to start! This is the best time for Wintersport since warmer weather conditions are making the snow soft and the LGBT Winter sports fans from (almost) down under are getting spring fever. A perfect time for the largest gay & lesbian Winter Pride, the Gay Ski Week QT, in the Southern hemisphere at Cardrona Alpine Resort just 35 minutes from downtown Queenstown, New Zeeland. Thus, when you are discovering the home of the hobbits around the end of August, don’t forget to bring your Winter clothes and join the LGBT community of New Zeeland for a fun week in the snow.
Dates: August 28th to September 6th 2020 /tbc
Map of the Top 13 Best Gay Ski Weeks 2019
Top 13 Best Gay Ski Weeks 2020 Worldwide
These are the Top 13 Best Gay Ski Weeks worldwide in the Alps, the Pyrenees, Norway, Canadian Rocky Mountains, New Zeeland and the United States of America. We hope we could inspire you to book and experience gay-friendly skiing/snowboarding, Party/Après-Ski Events and many options to make new friends because, in the end, that is the spirit and goal of our LGBTQ+ Snow Prides and Pride Parades all over the world. And even if you are not up for cold feet and broken legs, the time spend in one of the gay-friendly ski resorts high up in the snowy winter wonderland mountains is a romantic opportunity for existing and newborn gay couples.
We cannot wait to pack our snow gear and get ready for a Gay Ski Week this Winter season! For more about our gay travels worldwide, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. See you on the ski runs of ski resorts around the world!
Karl & Daan.
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