The holidays are over and the carefree party days of summer are still months away, so how do you live your best gay life in the meantime? By going on a gay ski vacation, of course.
Below, we’ve mapped out some of the best LGBT ski getaways offering miles of fresh trails, plus après-ski cocktails, pampering, parties and memories you’ll never forget.
Switzerland is home to one of the biggest gay winter events in Europe: More than 130 miles of slopes, plus daily events from classical concerts to theme dinners and après-ski cocktails, pool parties and disco nights.
The first and most famous gay ski festival in the U.S. is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, with a week of skiing, snowboarding, parties, concerts, drag shows and more. And Logo will be there to capture all the fun.
Enjoy cocktail and dinner events, music, comedy, a downhill costume parade, theme parties, a movie screening and daily hot-tub gatherings to soothe your aching body.
The longest-running gay ski week in the Northeast, Winter Rendezvous offers 40 miles of powdery terrain, plus performances by singer-songwriter Jimmy James and Logo’s Julie Goldman. There’s also giant indoor pool parties, an ice-carving competition and more shenanigans.
Boasting North America’s highest vertical drop, world class Whistler welcomes LGBT snow bunnies for daily après-ski parties and themed events, like FURRocious (a uniform-and-leather bash) and the Mad Hatter Mar-Tea-ni Party. The event, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, also hosts a fashion show and the grand finale of the Mr. Gay Canada contest.
Park City, Utah
Elevation: Utah is the brainchild of event planner Tom Whitman, bringing hundreds of gay ski bunnies to some of the lightest powder on Earth. Learn the ropes from local cuties, and join in the party fun each afternoon and night.
Surrounded by the San Juan mountains, this popular gay ski retreat is now a full eight days long. Enjoy dancing, cocktails, a popular Oscars bash and the closing-night White Night party.
Organizers are still locking down talent, but RuPaul’s Drag Race stars have been known to perform in years past.
Residents of the Graubünden region of Switzerland are practically born with skis on, but if you’re a newbie there’s still plenty of hiking, ice skating, snow-shoeing and tobogganing. Or you can skip the outdoors altogether, and enjoy Hotel Schweizerhof’s Turkish baths and sauna, movie nights, fondue parties and art talks.
Enjoy the company of more than 2,500 party-ready skiers at nine major parties across a week of snow and booze. The highlight of the event is the annual 10,000 Feet Party (held at that exact elevation).
Les Trois Vallées, France
European Gay Ski Week is one of the biggest on the continent, with more than 190 miles of trails. After hanging up your skis, spend you nights in the lounge being entertained by drag divas, cabaret stars, magicians and burlesque queens.
In the evening, international party brands—including Hustlaball, Spain’s WE, Paris’ LAB’s and Berlin’s GMF—host debauched gatherings for gays of every stripe.