Top 13 Gay Ski Weeks Worldwide for LGBTQ+ Winter Fun in 2017/2018!
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 Gay Ski Weeks worldwide 2017/2018! 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 LGBT 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!
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 in the east German uplands. He is Snowboarder by heart and currently writing, blogging and managing Social Media for Snowplaza, one of the biggest German Ski Sports Websites in Germany and the Netherlands. 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 Gay-friendly Ski Weeks worldwide. Have a look at our list of the Top Gay Ski Events 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?
#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 15th – 22nd 2017
Plan & Book here: Aspen Gay Ski Week
#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 it’s 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 Arosa!
Dates: January 21st – 28th 2017
Plan & Book here: Arosa Gay Ski Week >
#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 is celebrating its 150th anniversary as a united nation. The Whistler Pride & Ski Festival is not that old yet but will be celebrating in 2017 it’s 25th anniversary. 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.
Dates: January 22nd – 29th 2017
Plan & Book here: Whistler Pride & Ski Festival
#4 Snow Gay Weekend | Boí Taüll, Spain
Even in Spain, it can be a winter wonderland! Rainbow Barcelona Tours is organizing a Gay Snow Ski Weekend in the Spanish Pyrenees of Lleida at Ski Area Boí Taüll. The 47 km ski and snowboard runs 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: February 10th – 12th 2017
Plan & book here: Snow Gay Weekend
#5 Elevation Utah Gay Ski Week | Park City, USA
Next to Aspen, the USA have 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 7th time in 2017 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 18th – 21st 2017
Plan & book here: Utah Gay Ski Week
#6 Elevation Mammoth Gay Ski Week | Mammoth Mountains, USA
The Mammoth Ski Area is the origin of the Elevation Ski Week brand. Already since 15 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: February 18th – 21st 2017
#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. There 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 5th – 12th 2017
Plan & book here: SWING Gay Ski Week
#8 Jasper Pride Festival | Jasper, Canada
“Jasper, Proud & Free” – Since 8 years annually in March Jasper is celebrating its Snow 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 to visit Jasper Pride Festival 2017! Now we can show you more of the Canadian gay friendliness and beauty of nature of the Rocky Mountains.
Dates: March 9th – 12th 2017
Read here all about: Our Jasper Pride Festival 2017
Plan & book here: Jasper Pride Festival
#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 an extraordinary mountain scenery.
Dates: March 17th – 24th 2018
Plan & book here: European Snow Pride
At the same time on another place in France, hundreds of other LGBT people are celebrating at Europe’s No. 1 Gay Winter Sports and Music Festival, the European Gay Ski Week at Les Trois Vallée. The world’s largest connected ski area with the well-known ski resort Les Menuires is hosting the biggest gay-friendly Ski week in Europe for the 9th 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 18th – 25th 2017
Plan & book here: European Gay Ski Week
#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 festival that you don’t want to miss!
Dates: March 30th – April 2nd 2017
Plan & Book here: Scandinavian Ski Pride
#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 LGBT community is celebrating on 145 km ski slopes the variety of LGBT life. The Ski area Sölden is offering 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 25th – April 2nd 2017
Plan & book here: Gay Snow Happening
#13 Gay Ski Week QT | Queenstown, New Zeeland
While in Europe the Summer time 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 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: End of August – Beginning September 2017
Plan & book here: Gay Ski Week QT
Top 13 Gay-Friendly Ski Weeks Worldwide
These are the Top 13 Gay Ski Events 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 LGBT Snow Prides. 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!
Karl & Daan.