Firemen, Mushrooms And “Priscilla, Queen Of The Mountain” Do Downhill Drag At Aspen Gay Ski Week

Contestants sashayed down the mountain.

We’re at Aspen Gay Ski Week all this week, checking out the slopes, the parties, the people and, of course the New Now Next Honors, airing February 1 on Logo.

One of the most fun events is always the annual Downhill Drag contest, with competitors skiing down Little Nell and strutting across the stage to snatch votes from the judges.


This year’s panel included Kingsley, Cocktails and Classics host Michael Urie, and Drag Race faves Ivy Winters and Alyssa Edwards, with Ginger Minj giving us lumberjane realness as host.

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Margaret Cho even showed up to show off her new short hairdo. “I look like the Asian Judy Dench,” she teased.


Visa D. Kline kicked thing off with an amazing performance on the slope, followed by a dazzling performance down on the base.

#LogoSkiSquad co-host Max Emerson followed with Donatello Versace, his tribute to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles—complete with shell-sled and pizza box.


We also loved the Mushrooms, who stood (skied?) on a platform of fungal rights.

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Scott Graham, a.k.a. “Priscilla, Queen of the Mountain,” took second place in the competition, despite a little tumble along the way.

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“When I fell over, I thought, ’Oh sh*t,” Graham confessed. “But then I thought, “Well, the bus broke down in Priscilla, so I’m good.”

We told Scott he embodied Latrice Royale’s philosophy.


Alas, Priscilla was narrowly trumped by a dozen half-dressed skiers going as a firefighter calendar. (Mr. November—call us!)


Below, check out more fun from the Downhill Drag contest.

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Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.