The 18 best gay skiing weeks and weekends in the world

Stefan Arestis

The sun is setting. The evenings are getting darker. The department stores are starting to play Mariah Carey, and you still have lots of places to tick off your travel list!

Fear not, there are still plenty of unique things to do across the world during winter. The number one thing we recommend: skiing! Yes, I know, you mightn't think of us as avid snow bunnies (especially Skiing Scared Stefan), but we love it. The snow. The cute resorts. The outfits. What is there to not like?

Plus, regardless of how much you've skied before, you get so much enjoyment out of it. It's like riding a bike and riding a rollercoaster all at once. And if you've never skied before, don't worry! All you need is a quick lesson and you'll have the essentials down. Well, you won't be sliding down Everest anytime soon, but you'll definitely be able to enjoy some fabulous ski.

So without further ado, we present our favourite gay skiing holidays from Europe, North America, and the rest of the world for 2020.

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How to pick the ideal skiing holiday for you

Not all gay skiing holidays are created equal. Obviously geography is going to be a major factor. So we've broken these up by general area of Europe, North America and the southern hemisphere – plus a bonus! If you're looking for a specific type of gay skiing holiday, these are the main differences we've found:

1. The biggest gay skiing events

If you want to find the most popular gay skiing weeks or weekends where you're almost guaranteed to make new friends, then you'll want to head to one of the bigger events that attract attendees in the thousands. The biggest events are also usually the ones with the gayest parties with a wide range of age-groups. A helpful summary:

2. The most affordable

What with gear, accommodation, travel costs, lift passes AND the event tickets, gay ski events can be quite pricey. Generally, the closer the gay skiing event is to you, the more you'll save on travelling costs. Most of these gay skiing events also offer excellent packages and discounts, especially if you book early. Our favourites affordable gay skiing events across the world summarised are:

3. Best for parties

While pretty much all of these gay skiing events feature at least a few parties, some of them definitely feature more gay parties than others. If you like your skiing with a nice big side of dancing, dressing up for themed parties or even partying in a pool, you will love these gay skiing holidays:

4. The most chill/intimate events

Maybe you want to ski and have fun but you're not looking to party the whole time. There are some gay skiing weeks which are a bit more intimate and chilled out (usually because they're slightly smaller than others), so they tend to attract an older crowd along with couples who just want to make new friends. These events will still have some parties, but you can also expect more relaxed evenings of dining, yoga, cinema and casual meetups.

5. Best for solo travellers

Travelling alone to a big event can be nerve-wracking, but nowhere is more inclusive and friendly than a gay ski week! Generally, the bigger an event is, the easier it will probably be for you to make new friends. Some of these gay skiing weeks also organise tables at dinner for solo travellers to make friends, speed-dating nights to meet someone special or room-sharing programs to match you with a roommate AND save some money.

6. Best for lesbians

While many gay skiing events are mostly catered to (or at least seem to attract) gay men, there are some that make an effort to include specific parties or dinners for the lesbian snow bunnies out there. Some of these have exclusive programs for the ladies on and off the slopes.

Gay Skiing Holidays in Europe

Starting off with our home continent…we Europeans love a bit of snow, so it's no surprise that there are some incredibly charming resorts dotted all across the continent. Many of these also host some fabulous gay skiing events. Some of the best ones include:

01

Snow Gay Weekend

Spain

We bet you didn't know you could go on a gay skii weekend in sunny Spain! But you can, on the fantastic Snow Gay weekend

When, Where, How much?


  • Dates: March 5th – 8th, 2020
  • Location: Boí Taüll, Pyrenees, Spain
  • Price: Starts from €375 per person
  • Includes: Hotel, meals, parties and transfers

Whilst Spain is often romanticised for its scorching hot weather, topless walks along the beach, and sunbathing by the ocean, it can also be a skiing goldmine!

The beautiful ski resort of Boí Taüll in the Catalan Pyrenees is hosting the fabulous Snow Gay Weekend from 5-8 March 2020. This is, in our opinion, one of the best gay skiing events, combining skiing, partying and a lot of other activities at a very affordable price.

The crowd comprises of a whole range of people, from newbies like Stefan who have never skied before, to those who could do it blindfolded like our Seby, (though we strongly advise against doing this!). There are classes that can be organised for beginners, as well as guided excursions on snowshoes for a bit of fun and enjoy the stunning scenery. There is also a range of bonus activities for you to stick your skis into with karaoke nights, bingo rounds and partying galore, there is so much to look forward to. You can even try your hand at speed-dating – you never know who you might meet. The main event is a famous ski race where experienced skiers can sign up and win fantastic prizes.

If you would like to marvel at the Sagrada Familia and experience Barcelona's exciting gay scene prior your gay skiing weekend, you can book their Snowgay Week Pack option, which includes a stay at the Axel Hotel in the gay district of Barcelona from Monday 2nd to Wednesday 5th March, followed by the 4 days Snow Gay Weekend package.

Another thing we love about the Snow Gay Weekend is that you can book your flights, accommodation and ski package all together, while also choosing a monthly payment plan to ensure you get to attend. There is a range of different hotels to choose from, suiting all budgets and styles. Their most basic package includes accommodation in full board (including wine, water and coffee), free activities, transfers to the slopes and all parties, starting from €375 per person in double occupancy.

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02

Arosa Gay Ski Week

Switzerland

Arosa is a gay friendly ski resort in Switzerland but during the Arosa Gay Ski Week it gets even more fabulous!

Details of this skiing holiday


  • Dates: January 18th – 25th, 2020
  • Location: Arosa, Switzerland
  • Price: a 3-night package from €649
  • Includes: Accommodation, ski pass and event pass

Partying and skiing! Start the 2020s off with a bang! After all, the 1920s had Gatsby-esque parties, great jazz music and fabulous flapper dresses. So we have to party extra hard this decade to show those historians who's boss.

And what could be more incredible than a getaway to a luxury ski resort with awesome parties and sexy boys? In the heart of Switzerland, you won't be feeling any neutral feelings about this place. It will just be hardcore love love love!

Arosa ski resort is always gay friendly and they fly their rainbow flag all year long. But during the gay ski week, more than 600 guests come together to celebrate their fabulousness in fresh powdered snow, breath-taking mountain views, friendly chats by the fire, warming mulled wine, fun parties, and great gay camaraderie. The Arosa Gay Ski Week is the getaway of dreams for those of us who like some fun in the snow.

At an altitude of 1,800 metres (5,906 feet) in the Swiss Alps, Arosa offers over 225 km (140 miles) of runs, a 50km (31 miles) free-ride area and a fun snow park for you to enjoy. It doesn't matter if you prefer to ski or snowboard, or even just sit on a sledge, you will be welcome at the Arosa Gay Ski Week. Afterwards, you can take part in lots of fabulous parties: among the highlights and not to miss parties: the Drag Ski race, the pool and the White Snowball parties.

03

European Gay Ski Week

France

European Gay Ski Week offer a gay ski school and plenty of exciting parties to enjoy, including snowmobile fun

Details of this skiing holiday


  • Dates: March 21st – 28th, 2020
  • Location: Les Arcs, France
  • Price: Starts from €429 per person
  • Includes: Accommodation and event pass

With sights that look like they come from a Christmas card, the European Gay Ski Week will completely enthral you. For us, it is the most enjoyable and anticipated week of the year. It combines our favourite activities – skiing, apes ski, eating and a lot of partying!

However, there's no need to stress yourself. You can do as much or as little of each activity as you want. You'll love being in the mountains and share all these activities with 1,000 or so other like-minded LGBTQ travellers.

Situated in the Les Arcs resort, which is made up of five villages, this trip will see you completely cut off from the world. So if you've been craving a true GAY getaway from ‘the grid' then this is no better way to do it. With 425km of pistes to ski on, Les Arcs is one of the largest ski resorts in the world. You can slide all the way from the Les Arcs area to La Plagne or you can hop on the Vanoise tram and experience the French Alps from high above.

If you're a beginner skier, you have nothing to fear. European Gay Ski Week also boasts of having Europe's only gay ski school, where you can join beginner to expert classes for skiing and snowboarding. Thanks to their talented pool of hot ski instructors, you'll become a professional in no time!

What we also love about the resort is how everything is in walking distance from each other. You can float around between the restaurant, bar, resort and your bedroom with minimal effort. There is a wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets from shared to 5 stars luxury.

After skiing, usually from 4-5 pm, there is “Apres Ski” taking place at the base of the ski area which is always fun. This is where all the hotties hang out for a drink or two with some cool music and live DJs. For evening entertainment, there will be fantastic cabaret performances, decadent dinners and a huge variety of parties (pool party anyone?). So make sure to bring your dancing shoes (and swimming gear!) as well as your skis…

04

Gay Ski Week Lenzerheide

Switzerland

Gay Ski Week Lenzerheide is a perfect combination of skiing, pampering, relaxation and fun

Details of this skiing holiday


  • Dates: March 8th – 15th, 2020
  • Location: Lenzerheide, Switzerland
  • Price: From around €1,343
  • Includes: Accommodation and ski pass

Situated in the stunning Lenzerheide area of the Swiss mountains, this resort feels totally cut off from the rest of the world.

Gay ski week Lenzerheide is a bit smaller than some of the other European gay ski weeks, attracting a chilled-out group of couples and singles from a range of age groups. There are some parties but also plenty of opportunities to just relax and socialise.

Classes occur almost daily and cover a wide range of ground. We love this as it can get a bit tedious seeing the same side of the mountain all the time. With Lenzerheide, you get to experience so much the Swiss mountain range has to offer. Be aware that you do need to book your spot on each course though.

There are also skiing opportunities outside the lessons, for those who are experts or feel confident to take on what they learned during the ski course. This week is also great for foodies, with plenty of delicious group meals including a fondue evening, a high tea and decadent dinners. Evening entertainment includes a disco night and a pool party. For more chilled-out activities you can join a yoga class, attend the movie night or relax with a massage on hammam night in the Hotel Schweizerhof's sauna.

The room design pulls together vibes of Scandanavian minimalism and modern comforts. Whilst you can choose from a basic room, we recommend splurging and getting a Nostalchic apartment. It truly deserves its name as it expertly combines both chic furnishings with a throwback-to-simpler-times vibe. There's even a plasma screen TV, so after a long day of skiing down those snowy hills, you and a partner can just curl up on your bed and enjoy some home viewing.

05

Skeive Ski Scandinavian Ski Pride

Norway

For a fabulous weekend of parties and skiing in Norway, don't miss out on Skeive Ski Scandinavian Pride

Details of this skiing holiday


  • Dates: March 12th – 15th, 2020
  • Location: Hemsedal, Norway
  • Price: From €54 per person
  • Includes: Just the festival pass

When you think about snow, you probably automatically think of the North Pole. You might imagine Father Christmas laughing merrily from a warm cottage surrounded by ice caps or riding his magical sleigh through the sky…

You probably don't think of around a hundred gay boys descending onto a tiny village to party and slide down snowy hills, but this is exactly what Skeive Ski Scandinavian Pride is all about.

Next year's theme is ‘Back to Basics', where all things simple and minimalistic will be celebrated. One of the cool parts about Skeive Ski is that it is inclusive of both LGBTQ folks as well as their friends and family. There are apres ski events each day, along with a pool party and discounted drinks at night. The best part of the whole weekend has got to be the Pride ski, where many attendees wear fabulous costumes or wave their giant rainbow flags on the slopes!

The festival pass can get you in on loads of cool events and also gives you discounts at the Fyri Resort Hemsedal. There are other gay friendly accommodation options that start from around €381 for the whole weekend, but you do need to organise all travel and hotels for yourself. We think this one is probably perfect for anyone who wants to experience skiing in Norway in a very intimate and friendly environment.

06

European Snow Pride

France

For a gay Pride parade on the ski slopes, plus lots of epic parties, don't miss the European Snow Pride event

Details of this skiing holiday


  • Dates: March 14th – 21st, 2020
  • Location: Tignes, France
  • Price: From €429 per person
  • Includes: Accommodation, lift pass and event pass

Situated in Tignes, the ski resort that tops the list for alpine skiing, snowboarding and off-piste, European Snow Pride is one hell of a fabulous, fierce and fun time.

After all, you can take the gays out of the city for Pride, but that doesn't mean we can't keep waving our rainbow flags on the mountain slopes. The entire Tignes area transforms into a Gay Village for the festival, and you are encouraged to be as openly and actively gay as you dare.

People legitimately treat this as a normal Pride parade, so expect to see lots of gorgeous men dancing around in their underwear in the snow. There are lots of parties taking place each night, including a pop party, rodeo themed party, a 90s party, multiple pool parties and even some raunchy sex/fetish parties! More than 300 people attended in 2019, so this is definitely a good place to make new friends and have fun.

There are packages you can book including accommodation, event pass and ski pass, or you can just book your accommodation separately. The resort itself sports a beautiful lagoon, swimming pool and spa, so you'll have lots of opportunities to relax after being on the slopes all day. There is also a sports centre. With loads of stigma around sports being a homophobic industry, this entire festival is dedicated to proving how sports can be a communal and inclusive space for all to enjoy.

07

Gay Snowhappening

Austria

Gay Snow Happening in Sölden, Austria offers up lots of fun on the slopes as well as awesome parties and entertainment at night

Details of this skiing holiday


  • Dates: March 21st – 28th, 2020
  • Location: Sölden, Austria
  • Price: From $109 for a 4-day party pass
  • Includes: Parties, gay ski guiding and drinks

No matter gay, straight or bi, Sölden welcomes all!

Picture yourself all bundled up atop of a snowy mountain, preparing to slide down at top speed. There is no better adrenalin rush. The best part is that March in Austria provides the perfect weather, with a nice blend of sunshine and snow.

You can purchase party passes for 4 or 7 days but you also need to organise your accommodation, travel and ski pass separately.

At the end of the day, you don't have to go back to a boring old hotel room (though we must say, these hotel rooms sure are pretty swanky). Nope, the package offers up a string of fabulous evening events to keep you in high spirits. The drag queen hosts, Melly and Matania, who were especially plucked right from the streets of Berlin, are full of energy and delicious wit. Be on your toes at all times!

With skiing, snowshoeing, races and even a ‘Fox Hunt', this is sure to be one fun week. Entertainment highlights include the karaoke night, where anyone can be a Mariah or a Whitney for the evening, multiple parties, a spa night and even fireworks one evening. If you haven't had your share of skiing during the day there's also a night-time ski and toboggan run. This isn't a huge event, but you're sure to make plenty of new friends during all the fun activities!

Gay Skiing Holidays in North America

Skiing in North America! Of course, Canada immediately springs to mind. But there are other packages available in the USA as well, which are definitely worth checking out.

08

Aspen Gay Ski Week

Colorado, USA

Aspen's Gay Ski Week is packed full of over the top fun for gay fans of snow, parties, comedy, ice skating and costumes!

Details of this skiing holiday


  • Dates: January 11th -19th, 2020
  • Location: Aspen, Colorado
  • Price: From around $3,655 per person
  • Includes: Accommodation, event pass and ski lift pass

Even the guys from the movie Dumb & Dumber weren't stupid enough to pass up this place…

Aspen is one of America's most famous skiing destinations, and the resort has its own Gay Ski Week every January, what a fantastic way to bring in the new year!

Aspen Gay Ski Week is both the longest-running and largest gay ski event in North America.

Prepare to take on the incredible Aspen Highlands – a 12,500-foot mountain, meaning there is plenty of ground to play with. If you dare, take on the Highland Bowl – an off-piste thrill-ride – with a steep descent that spans down 45-degree pitches. Ski and snowboard enthusiasts will be able to join lessons or guided excursions or just shred those slopes solo. Just don't miss out on the downhill costume competition where you will see the most fabulous outfits as contestants race down the slope to their choice of music. Outside of skiing, there are options to do yoga and relax in the spa.

They also have so many events planned for each evening, for a variety of tastes. Whether you prefer fine dining in a fancy restaurant, getting down at a party, watching some comedy or enjoying some fashion and art, you will have no shortage of options. The parties, in particular, are incredible, with multiple dance parties, a white party, 90s party and a pool party! While many of these events are dominated by the guys, this one makes sure the ladies are being catered to as well, with special women's-only cocktail nights and dinners.

09

Winter Rendezvous Gay Ski Week

Vermont, USA

Winter Rendezvous Gay Ski Week takes place in Vermont and is packed full of fun activities for on the slopes as well as at night

Details of this skiing holiday


  • Dates: January 22nd – 26th, 2020
  • Location: Stowe, Vermont
  • Price: Event pass is $185
  • Includes: All parties and events

We gays sure are fond of a rendezvous, aren't we? Hundreds of queer guests have participated in this Winter Rendezvous Gay Ski Week across the past 36 years.

Situated in the town of Stowes, the week-long event encourages LGBTQ folk to get involved in all the snowy fun! While the event pass itself isn't too expensive, you do need to organise your own accommodation, travel and ski pass separately.

The resort provides spectacular skiing, not only on one mountain but two! That's right, both Spruce Peak and Mount Mansfield are available for tackling. The area gets an average annual snowfall of 333 inches. There are plenty of opportunities to ski or snowboard, along with options for going snowshoeing, ice-skating and even dog-sledding. If you want a break, the resort spa is divine or you could pay a visit to the local Ben & Jerry's Factory!

This week-long event also includes lots of different parties to socialise after a day on the slopes. There's a pool party, karaoke party and blowout party with a DJ for getting your dance on, as well as comedy nights. This is the only gay ski event we've seen which includes a huge bonfire cocktail event, plus you can join a drag bingo night for a rip-roaring time. We think this is an excellent choice if you want a good mix of snow activities beyond just skiing, as well as parties and socialising.

10

Whistler Pride and Ski Festival

BC, Canada

Whistler Pride's snow pride parade is just one of the exciting activities you can take part in during this fabulous week-long event

Details of this skiing holiday


  • Dates: January 26th – February 2nd, 2020
  • Location: Whistler, British Columbia
  • Price: From CAD $2,259
  • Includes: Festival pass and accommodation

From small meetups among friends in the early 90s' to a hugely popular skiing festival – Whistler Pride has grown to become one of the largest queer-focused ski festivals in the world with thousands of attendees each year.

Gay snow sports enthusiasts from around the globe fly into British Colombia, Canada from all over the world, you can read more about our experience here!

If you book your accommodation at the host Aava Whistler Hotel then you pay for the hotel and your festival pass in one. You need to book your lift pass and travel arrangements separately though. Exploring the Whistler Mountain with a guided snowboarding group is the best way to dive right into the action. You'll meet with a fun and diverse group of people at the top of the mountain, and enjoy a day of snowboarding. To top it all, you'll go for a fancy lunch in the rustic Roundhouse Lounge.

If you're feeling like giving something back, we definitely encourage you to take part in the W.A.G. (Whistler Animals Galore Society) charity ski race. All kinds of skiers and snowboarders are welcome, with varying experiences able to join in. The Pride Ski parade is probably the highlight of the week, with fun costumes and rainbow flags everywhere you look on the slopes! There are also a LOT of parties during the week from pool parties to FURROCIOUS: the leather, uniform, gear and more party! If you want a quieter evening there's game nights, film screenings, spa evenings and comedy nights as well.

11

Elevation Tremblant Gay Ski Week

Quebec, Canada

Going dog-sledding with cute huskies is just one of MANY fun things you will get to do during the Elevation Tremblant Gay Ski Week

Details of this skiing holiday


  • Dates: January 30th – February 2nd, 2020
  • Location: Mont Tremblant, Quebec
  • Price: Party pass from $135
  • Includes: Entrance to all the events

Ski Magazine calls it the best resort in Eastern North America, plus it'll be full of hunky French-Canadians, so you don't need to tell us twice!

In the ski resort town of Mont-Tremblant, it's pretty much a constant winter. Think Frozen – without the sorceress. Though, we can't deny that it is still pretty magical and looks like something straight out of a Disney film.

Outside of skiing or snowboarding, you can explore the town, go snowmobiling, zip-lining, snowshoeing, ice-climbing and even sledding with adorable huskies. This is definitely a good choice for the athletic thrill-seekers out there! You do need to organise your accommodation and travel separately from the event tickets, but there will be affordable packages available at the host hotels. You can also choose from high-end luxury condos to more budget accommodation to ensure you get to experience this fun event.

Elevation Tremblant attracts hundreds of gay guys and girls but is more focused on the snow fun than partying. That is not to say there aren't opportunities to dance the night away though, as there are some awesome parties over the duration of the weekend. Each party has it's own fun theme, so you'll need to bring outfits for the neon party and a cute onesie for the apres onesie ski!

12

Telluride Gay Ski Week

Colorado, USA

Telluride gay ski week features lots of fun parties, karaoke, drag and even fashion shows alongside all the snow fun

Details of this skiing holiday


  • Dates: February 22nd – 29th, 2020
  • Location: Telluride, Colorado
  • Price: TBA
  • Includes: Most separate but lots of discounts

Whether you're enjoying a cocktail at one of their many evening events, dancing the night away, or simply dying to get out onto the mountain, you will always be feeling pumped full of energy at the Telluride Gay Ski Week!

Nestled in the fresh Colorado mountainside, you can expect breathtaking sights and heaps of fun. More than 1,000 fabulous snowbunnies attend each year.

Regardless of your skiing experience, it never hurts to give it a go. All you are risking is missing out on a fabulous time. Along with the daily skiing and snowboarding meetups, you can enjoy ‘chairlift warmers' at the Telluride Distilling Company Hangover Lounge. There are plenty of nighttime entertainment options, lots of parties, karaoke, drag performances, a spa/pool day and a concert featuring Joshua Radin & Lissie! While price details are not available just yet (watch this space) there will be discounts for everything, from the accommodation, to lift passes to ski gear and even transport with a gay friendly shuttle service from all area airports.

For fans of all things movies and Hollywood, you may have noticed that this occurs during the Oscars ceremony. Fear not, for the resort has you covered, with a themed night, complete with fancy dress, great drinks and a screening of the show. Afterwards, feel free to decide amongst yourself, who is Best Skiier? They also have a Britney themed night so you can ditch those skis one more time (or just for the evening) and dance to all her greatest hits. And if you want to support a good cause, make sure you attend the AIDS Benefit Gala Fashion Show which includes a live auction.

13

Elevation Utah Gay Ski Week

Utah, USA

Not far from Salt Lake City, Park City is home to some great ski resorts and also Elevation's Utah Gay Ski Week
“Overlooking Park City, Utah” by PeteysHead [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons | cropped from original

Details of this skiing holiday


  • Dates: February 26th – March 1st, 2020
  • Location: Park City, Utah
  • Price: Party passes from $130
  • Includes: All parties/events

Having been around for over 17 years, Elevation decided to expand its horizons beyond sunny California, and situate itself in the land of Park City, Utah.

The third longest-running and third-largest (with around 2,500 guests each year) gay ski week in North America, Elevation proves every time, to every guest, why it has such staying power. As it has been around for so long, many of the guests have grown to see each other as extended family.

With excellent packages for accommodation, discounts for travel and ski passes, plus the fact that it's technically only a long weekend, this is also one of the most affordable gay ski events in North America. The week commits you to having a seriously fun time, and you'll leave the resort with more friends than when you walked in. There is a wide range of lodgings for you to book your stay, from old cabin-style rooms to fabulously modern dwellings that are furnished for the gods. Whatever your mood (and budget) fancies really!

The weekend always kicks off with a welcome party – the chance to drink, dance, and meet your fellow guests. Don't worry, that is not the only partying you will do. The rest of the schedule is jam-packed with apres ski and party nights. A few famous faces have been known to pop out here and there as well, such as Lance Bass from N*Sync fame and Shangela from ‘RuPaul's Drag Race' – Halleloo!!!

14

Elevation Mammoth Gay Ski Week

California, USA

For an excellent mix of parties and getting out in nature, the Elevation Mammoth Gay Ski Week is a riot of colour

Details of this skiing holiday


  • Dates: March 18th – 22nd, 2020
  • Location: Mammoth Lakes, California
  • Price: Party pass from $195
  • Includes: All parties/events

With the name ‘mammoth' in its title, you really can't help but feel intimidated. But a mountain is just a mountain, right?

The Elevation Gay Ski week returns to Mammoth Lakes in California (we know right? Sunny California actually has mountains and snow!) for its 18th year. With around 2,000 guests attending, you don't want to miss the chance to ring this skiing event into its adult years!

The week's organisers pride themselves on offering an alternative to the partying and binge-drinking lifestyle that LGBTQ people are typically associated with. Don't get us wrong, there are still plenty of parties during the week, but the focus is on exploring the great outdoors. They give a call out for laidback, unpretentious and fun guests to join them as they explore the great Californian High Sierras. Evening entertainment also includes a ten-pin bowling night and comedy with fabulous drag queens.

Like the other Elevation events, you need to book your event pass, ski pass, travel and accommodation separately, although there will be discounts for the gay ski week attendees. The highlight of the week though is the Rainbow Run, where skiers dress in their rainbow best and parade down the Mammoth mountain flying their flags with Pride! On the last day, you'll get to farewell all your new friends over a delicious brunch, the perfect bittersweet ending to a wonderful week.

Gay Skiing Holidays in the Southern Hemisphere

Plenty of skiing holidays can be found where you least expect them… Don't just think of skiing as a place confined to the Alps and Scandanavia, the Southern Hemisphere is also bursting with opportunities!

15

Winter Pride Queenstown

Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown in New Zealand is the adventure tourism capital of the world and also home to a fantastic winter pride gay skiing week

Details of this skiing holiday


  • Dates: August 30th – September 8th, 2020
  • Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Price: From $475 for the whole week
  • Includes: Parties and events

From the land that gave us the stunning visuals from The Lord of the Rings movies, we couldn't pass by the chance to get a bit of skiing experience from some of the most breathtaking sights in the world.

Expect a joining of gays and nerds coming together to celebrate this monumental event in New Zealand's dramatic southern alps. With more than 4,500 attendees, this is also the biggest gay ski week in the southern hemisphere!

As well as general ski/snowboarding opportunities you can take part in fun on-mountain events like a charity ski race, a pride flag slope parade and costume ski days for wearing outfits like onesies or dressing up as superheroes. If you need a break from the cold, there are also off-mountain events like hiking, long lunches, cocktail parties and cabaret wars. You can even go for a jet boat ride or white water rafting, this is the adventure tourism capital of the world after all…

Winter Pride Queenstown is also popular with the ladies, especially since there's a special ladies night just for the girls. The calendar is absolutely packed with parties and other events like karaoke, speed-dating or a cocktail-making class. From ‘Queenstown's Got Talent' to game nights with your fellow festival-goers, there is always something fun and fabulous happening. We recommend getting the Winter Pride MAXI pass if you want to attend all the parties and events, although you can also get weekend passes if you are short on time or money. You will need to book your accommodation separately, but the festival partners offer deals for attendees of the event.

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Gay Ski Week Australia

Victoria, Australia

Australia's gay ski week is an awesome mix of snow and partying at Falls Creek in Victoria

Details of this skiing holiday


  • Dates: September 4th – 13th, 2020
  • Location: Falls Creek, Victoria
  • Price: TBA
  • Includes: Accommodation and events

Yes, we know what you're thinking, “do Australians even know what snow is?”

Well, those Aussies up in Falls Creek are all too familiar. Gay Ski Week Australia takes place on the Falls Creek and Mount Hotham resort in the Victorian Alps, which are about five hour's drive from Melbourne.

This is an intimate and fun event, where you can choose to stay for short or longer periods.

Celebrating all things diversity, the week is filled with activities to help you make new friends and new memories. With fabulous lodgings all close to the event itself, you can choose your own type of accommodation or book a package which also includes transport and gear rental. Since the next event isn't until late in the year, you will need to check back for prices when they're available. The best thing about this kind of trip is that you don't feel obliged to stay anywhere or participate in all the activities.

While this is a small event that attracts a range of ages, couples and singles, there are still plenty of exciting things to do after you've been on the slopes. There's only one official big party but you can still have fun on the drag pub crawl, attend drag bingo, watch queer films, cabaret night and a spa afternoon. During the day some of the more unique activities include a scavenger hunt, and a fabulous rainbow run!

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Rainbow Mountain

NSW, Australia

Australia's other gay ski event is the fabulous Rainbow Mountain which takes place at Thredbo in New South Wales

Details of this skiing holiday


  • Dates: to be announced
  • Location: Thredbo, New South Wales
  • Price: 3-day event pass from $254 AUD
  • Includes: Activities and lift pass

No, unfortunately, the gays have not taken over a mountain….yet!

Rainbow Mountain, a Heaps Gay Snow Week can be found in the Land Down Under – and it promises to be bigger and gayer than ever before for its 2020 event, with a few hundred attendees.

It takes place at the Thredbo alpine village and ski resort in the Snowy Mountains of South Eastern Australia.

Borrowing all the great talents from Sydney to keep you entertained, the week is as much of a party as it is about skiing. You might even convince one of the drag performers to go out skiing down a mountain in full drag! There are plenty of performances to enjoy, along with karaoke nights, drag shows, cabaret, discos and a pool party to keep you up all night. If you prefer a more chilled-out vibe you can also just hang out at the fireside drinks and drag.

While dates, prices and accommodation packages for 2020 haven't been finalised yet, we can make some assumptions based on the 2019 event. You can choose to purchase event passes only or event and ski lift packages (in Australian dollars). Accommodation needs to be booked separately but there are also a wide range of options for very affordable prices. This is probably the most affordable gay skiing event in the southern hemisphere, you know, once you've booked those flights to Australia!

Bonus Gay Skiing Holiday in Asia!

Just when you thought you'd run out of places to go skiing, we go ahead and uncover a gay skiing event in Asia…

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Gay Ski Week Hakuba

Hakuba, Japan

Hakuba in Japan once hosted the winter olympics and now it's hosting a gay ski week, plus you can go and see the snow monkeys nearby!

Details of this skiing holiday


  • Dates: March 6th -16th, 2020
  • Location: Hakuba, Japan
  • Price: 7-day packages from $699 USD
  • Includes: hotel, transport, ski pass and events

This might be the newest entry on our list, as it only began in 2019!

Taking place in the Japanese village of Hakuba, this Gay Ski Week is a glorious adventure.

With fun-filled nights of sing-alongs and visits to local bars, there are plenty of opportunities to mingle with your fellow gay holidaymakers as well as hitting the slopes.

With 2, 5, 7 and even 9-day packages available, you're sure to find something that suits your budget. The packages include everything from your accommodation with daily breakfast to the ski pass and transport to all events. Tackle the Hakuba Valley, with its sparkling snowcaps, colourful skies and picture-perfect villages. We particularly love how this package highlights the beauty of the Japanese Alps, which are impressive in their own right. As the event is so new it's still quite small, but perfect for those craving a more intimate and perhaps romantic getaway with like-minded friends.

During the day you'll be able to go skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling on the slopes or even join a tour to nearby Matsumoto Castle. At night there are plenty of fun activities to enjoy, like a drag race, trivia night, pub crawl, parties and a sushi train dinner. The Hakuba ski resort is also only about an hour and a half from the Jigokudani Monkey Park, where you can see some of the famous Japanese snow monkeys!


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If you're gay and you like skiing or snowboarding, you'll definitely want to check out these awesome gay skiing holidays around the world
Stefan Arestis

Stefan is the co-founder, editor and author the gay travel blog nomadicboys.com. As a travel nerd, he has explored more than 80 countries across 5 continents. What he loves the most about travelling is discovering the local gay scene, making new friends and learning new cultures. His advice about LGBTQ travel has been featured in Gay Times, Gaycities, Pink News, Gay Star News, Attitude and Towleroad. He has also written about gay travel for other non-gay specific publications including Lonely Planet, The New York Times, The Guardian and The Huffington Post. Stefan is also a qualified lawyer, having practised as a commercial property litigator in London for over 10 years. He left his lawyer days behind to work full time on Nomadic Boys with his husband Sebastien. Find out more about Nomadic Boys.

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