For a decade, Utah has played host to Gay Ski Week, utahgayskiweek.com, a celebration that’s part on-the-slopes gathering of kindred spirits and part out-on-the-town revelry. This year, the fest returns to Park City, February 26 through March 1.
“For a long time, LGBT events were just focused on bars and nightclubs,” explains Tom Whitman, owner and founder of Elevation, the production company behind the annual event. “Those things are great, but I wanted to create a place where you could express another interest [skiing/snowboarding]—and [show] how much more fun it is to do with your community.” His pairing of snow sports with the LGBT community draws thousands to the mountains annually. This year, he anticipates more than 1,200 participants at the 2020 Park City festivities. Elevation also sponsors an annual Gay Ski Week in Mammoth Mountain, California (now in its 18th year), and recently added Mont-Tremblant, Quebec to its line-up.
One glance at the Elevation website, might have you thinking this event is more for the “G’s” than “L’s, B’s or T’s,” and while Whitman does confess the event tends to garner 80- to 85-percent gay men, the event is open to any and all.
“The local community, not just the LGBT community, also realizes that we throw fun parties. Everyone is welcome at our events. As long as you’re welcoming and supportive, we want you there to have a good time,” says Whitman.
Details and Dates
Park City’s Gay Ski Week 2020 takes place February 26 to March 1. Events held throughout the week include meet-ups on the mountain, themed parties at The Cabin, Downstairs, and O.P. Rockwell, après-ski and group lunches. A full schedule of events with dates, times and meet-up locations can be found on the Elevation website.
Events and Tickets
If you dig costumes, you’re in luck. From neon and onesies to snow gear and flashbacks, the parties held throughout the week will have you glowing in the dark, donning leather, sporting athletic gear, and reaching into the back of your closet for that pair of ’90s cargo shorts you promised you threw away.
Discounted tickets and week-long passes to the parties and après events can be purchased in advance through the Elevation website; a limited number of tickets will also be available at the door.
Lodging and Travel
Elevation offers discounts via local partnerships on everything from airport transportation to ski rentals; and provides a wide range of lodging options, from luxury condos to modest hotel rooms. To take advantage of the Elevation room blocks, contact Michael McVean at Bruvion Travel, firstname.lastname@example.org.