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Ski bunnies and big hair: It’s Aspen Gay Ski Week

Janet Urquhart
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO, Colorado
Janet Urquhart The Aspen Times

ASPEN – Bawdy humor, big hair and plenty of flesh marked Friday’s Aspen Gay Ski Week costume contest at the base of the Little Nell run on Aspen Mountain.

The winner, Brent Ries, aka “Truly Scrumptious,” fell twice during his (her?) descent, including a face plant, but won the hearts of the crowd and the judges, lip-synching to Toni Basil’s “Mickey” once he reached the stage in a costume that featured sheer black wings and fishnet stockings.

“You’re not even wearing Birkenstocks,” quipped emcee “Nuclia Waste” when Ries revealed that he hails from Boulder. Ries slid down the slope in ski boots but no skis.

“I don’t know how to ski,” he explained.

The annual contest is always a highlight of Gay Ski Week, which marks its 35th anniversary this year, wrapping up this weekend. The jovial crowd of ski week attendees and amused heterosexual onlookers were treated to such entries as Madonna Through the Ages, Mick Jagger (replete with a walker), a group that dubbed itself Hugh Hefner and the Ski Bunnies, and “Mr. Aspen” (Patrick Janelle of New York), who rode his snowboard up onto the stage and made a pinpoint stop just short of the line of Bud Light six-packs lining the front of the platform.

The Men of GForce Sports, a gay hockey team that will take on the straight Aspen All-Stars Saturday at the Aspen Recreation Center, offered the most ribald of the on-stage antics (let’s just say we can’t publish the photos). Go to for more of the images we can show you.

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