Aspen Gay Ski Week events announced |

Aspen Gay Ski Week events announced

Staff report

Aspen Gay Ski Week will return for its 39th edition from Jan. 17 to 24, organizers announced Monday.

Presented by Logo TV, the event will benefit AspenOUT, which has promoted tolerance, understanding and diversity through education, community action and service since 1996.

“We welcomed nearly 5,000 guests in 2015 and look forward to surpassing that number in 2016,” said AspenOUT President Kevin McManamon. “Aspen Gay Ski Week injects over $1.5 million into the local economy in one week, selling 2,500 hotel room nights and thousands of ski-lift tickets.” The Limelight Hotel will host apres-ski parties from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. over the course of the event. The parties will feature DJ entertainment, gifts from sponsors, a hospitality suite, heated pool and two hot-tubs.

On Jan. 22, the Downhill Costume Competition will be held, with contestants cruising down Aspen Mountain in eye-popping costumes.

Other events include:

Jan. 17, 9 p.m. — An opening party and cocktail reception at the Hotel Jerome.

Jan.18 — A late-night party the Aspen Rec Room, below David Burke Kitchen.

Jan. 19 — Film Night, presented in partnership with Aspen Film, showcases “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,” at the Wheeler Opera House. Also, another late-night party will be held at Escobar nightclub.

Jan. 20 — Fashion & Art Night Out will include downtown stores and art galleries keeping their doors open late. Also, Logo Cocktails & Classics, hosted by Ugly Betty’s Michael Urie, is a movie night featuring a live discussion with Logo personalities. Additionally, a Caribou Club event benefiting LGBT will be held.

Jan. 21 — Bianca Del Rio’s Comedy Cabaret and Dance Party, hosted by Belly Up, includes a comedy show with three performers — Brendan Kyle, Brad Loekle and Matteo Lane. DJ entertainment follows the show.

Jan. 22 — Casa Tua will host a cocktail reception for ladies only. And the Top of the Mountain Party, held at the Sundeck on Aspen Mountain, goes until 2 a.m.

Jan. 23 — Aspen Recreation Center will host a pool party with DJs, dancing, hot tubs, water slides, a lazy river and open bars.

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