Mountain Mayhem: Aspen Gay Ski Week 2023
The largest, non-profit gay ski week in the world took over town and the slopes from Jan. 15 to 22, bringing “that big, big energy,” as Latto would say.
Aspen Gay Ski Week, or simply “Ski Week,” as its called by those in the know, is a week of inclusivity, ski adventures, après-ski events, theme parties, Friendship Dinners, Drag Queen Bingo Brunches, wine tastings, and more.
Still, my all-time favorite event is the Downhill Costume Contest that takes place on Little Nell run on the Friday of Ski Week. This year’s temps weren’t nearly as frigid as they typically have been in the past — usually posing a major challenge to contestants wearing next to nothing for their routines.
While there weren’t all that many teams registered for the contest, there were standouts like Chase Bank’s brigade re-enacting a Top Gun scene, replete with red and blue smoke and matching jumpsuits. Snowmass Tourism took the top spot for the fourth year in a row for a Lady Gaga through the ages segment: skiing down with rainbow umbrellas and taking to the stage for an energetic set, all remixed by DJ Dylan on the decks.
Afterward, a dance party erupted on the stage, and all were welcome to get down in the name of giving back. Aspen Gay Ski Week benefits AspenOUT, whose mission is to provides support and services to the diverse LGBTQ+ population of the Roaring Fork Valley. Learn more at aspenout.com.
Colorado high school students art on display at Carbondale Clay Center
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