Snowmass History: Aspen Gay Ski Week slalom in Snowmass, 2000 |

Snowmass History: Aspen Gay Ski Week slalom in Snowmass, 2000

Two people race through the giant slalom on Snowmass during Aspen Gay and Lesbian Ski Week, January 26, 2000.
Courtesy photo/The Aspen Histori

“You’ve likely seen Gay & Lesbian Ski Week participants on the slopes, perhaps in hilarious attire for the annual costume competition on Ajax. Or perhaps you’ve elbowed your way through the crowd to the bar at the week’s popular après-ski parties,” an Aspen Times article for the special Gay Ski Week insert in 2000 read. “But, this year as every year, there’s a lot more to Gay & Lesbian Ski Week than what happens on and just off the mountains. In fact, there are dozens of parties, gatherings and cultural events that have no connection to ‘skiing,’ but add to the variety of fun (and thought-provoking) activities for the thousands of visitors who flock to Aspen for this annual event.” explained The Aspen Times. As one of the many Aspen Gay and Lesbian Ski Week events, contestants did participate in a ski activity; they raced giant slalom at Snowmass Mountain’s Spider Sabich race area for “Day on the Mountain: Snowmass; Sports Day ski & snowboard races with Team Colorado” held Jan. 26, 2000. The event, sponsored by United Airlines, included racing and lunch for those with a competitive flare, as well as fundraising for various causes.

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