‘Hillery,’ ‘Serena’ make Gay Ski Week visit | AspenTimes.com

‘Hillery,’ ‘Serena’ make Gay Ski Week visit

Joel Stonington
Paul Conrad/The Aspen Times

Elaine Lancaster, a blonde in black tights and lace-up leather top, was waiting while a friend fastened her boots for the gay ski week downhill costume contest Friday on Aspen Mountain. When someone asked if she was going to do any tricks on the way down, she looked a little shocked.”The tricks I do,” she said, “I can’t do on the mountain.”

Elaine Lancaster is the stage name of James Davis, a nationally known female impersonator. “He’s the only person I know that listens to Barbara Streisand while skiing, and sings while doing it,” said Davis’ friend Rainer Andreesen. Davis’ rings were sparkling and his pink lipstick was blazing away in the sun. “I think we need to hitch it up a notch – or 2 or 3,” he said. “This is a world-class ski resort and we need a world-class Gay Ski Week.”

By the way it was looking at the downhill costume contest, Aspen may already have a world-class Gay Ski Week. And on Friday it was led by Sister Helen Holy, the costume contest emcee dressed in drab browns and looking like she just stepped out of the ’20s.”Lord, I took more snow up my nose than Courtney Love,” she said after she scooted down the hill on a sled towed by a ski patrolman and got up on stage. “Well, we have people who have dressed up in all manner of filth for this.”

One of them was Hillary Clinton, who received the lowest score from the assembled Aspenite judges. There was also a pair of dice, the Colorado Climax hockey team, and others. Sister Helen Holy invited them all on stage, where they would dance and she would roast them, to the universal delight of the crowd.One of the most popular costumes was someone dressed up like tennis star Serena Williams. He even hit a ball with a tennis racket on the way down, soliciting the loudest cheer.Joel Stonington’s e-mail address is jstonington@aspentimes.com

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