How to Find Gay Ski Weeks in North America and Europe

The first gay ski week occurred in Aspen, Colorado. Gay ski weeks have grown in popularity and are available in North America, South America and Europe. Gay men and women can ski, snowboard, shop and socialize with pride during their ski vacation. Gay skiing vacations include dance parties, races and sometimes even hockey games.

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    Research online to look for gay ski vacations. You can also book gay ski trips through a gay travel agency. Currently, Aspen, Whistler Mountain, Telluride, Crested Butte, Jackson Hole, Mammoth Mountain, Lake Tahoe, Arosa (Switzerland) and Bariloche (Argentina) all have gay ski weeks.
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    Join a gay ski club, such as Ski Bums [1].
    • Find gay ski clubs online by searching for "gay ski clubs."
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    • Fill out their registration form to become a member. Gay ski clubs bring gay, bisexual, transgender and lesbian people together to enjoy skiing and snowboarding. A club will help you find gay ski trips, and you may make new friends.
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    Consider your budget. If you have plenty of money to spend, take a trip to Europe or South America. If you are on a tight budget, choose a ski resort close to your home. Gay ski weeks may be found at mountains in Canada, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Montana, California, Washington and Oregon.
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    Organize your trip well in advance. Once you've selected your destination for your gay skiing vacation, you need to create a schedule and plan your trip.
    • Make travel plans way ahead of time to ensure you arrive on schedule.
    • Look for good travel deals online at auction and travel sites. If you book in advance for your gay skiing vacation, you may save money.
    • Select your transportation. You may need to fly or drive to the ski resort. Consider traveling with someone else to help share expenses.
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    • Find out what accommodations are available. Gay ski weeks fill up quickly, so you want to book a hotel as soon as possible. Sometimes, less expensive hotels can be found near the resort, while the accommodations on the mountain usually cost more money.
    • Learn what activities will be available. Gay skiing vacations often offer discounted group activities, such as ski and snowboarding lessons, buffet meals and live music. Sign up online before the events are filled up.
    • Decide if you will bring your own gear or rent from the resort. Gay ski weeks often provide rental equipment at discounted prices.
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    Pack your clothes. You will want to bring ski clothing, such as ski pants, helmet, goggles, gloves and warm undergarments. You may want to go out dancing, so be sure to bring your favorite dancing outfit.
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    Include a basic first aid kit in your suitcase. Skiing may be hard on the muscles, and you may want to pack some aspirin, Epsom salt to soak in, or body salve.

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