March 20, 2023
forty sixth Aspen Homosexual Ski Week expands leisure and occasion choices
Individuals ski down the Little Nell run on Aspen Mountain with a large pleasure flag to finish the downhill costume contest and celebration throughout Homosexual Ski Week. (Kelsey Brunner/The Aspen Occasions)
Kelsey Brunner/The Aspen Occasions

What started as an argument over two males dancing with each other in an area Aspen bar circa 1977, Aspen Homosexual Ski Week has morphed from casual annual meetups and events to the largest and most influential non-profit LGBTQ+ ski week on the planet.

And its 46th yr is shaping as much as be the largest but, with a conservative estimate of three,500 attendees anticipated to descend on the Roaring Fork Valley for this yr’s festivities from Jan. 15 to 22.

“Aspen Homosexual Ski Week is the most well-liked week of the yr, arms down,” mentioned Melissa Temple, president of AspenOUT. “Nobody is aware of the best way to have a celebration like homosexual folks. The city is simply comfortable, eating places are abuzz and joyful, the mountain is enjoyable, and everyone seems to be welcome to return out and play.”

AspenOUT Government Director Kevin McManamon and board President Melissa Temple throughout Aspen Homosexual Ski Week’s annual Downhill Costume Contest final January.
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Six years in the past, when Temple was approached to affix the board of AspenOUT and take the helm of Homosexual Ski Week, she was reluctant as a result of she “didn’t wish to tackle a company that was for bearded males, by bearded males.” 

She in the end accepted, aiming to make the occasion extra inclusive “homosexual, male, feminine, straight, no matter.”

A dachsund stays heat final yr on a snowy afternoon on the base of Aspen Mountain watching the Homosexual Ski Week costume downhill.
Anna Stonehouse/The Aspen Occasions

She credited the workforce she enlisted, led by occasion director Kimberly Kuglia, for expertly executing that imaginative and prescient and turning Homosexual Ski Week into an attractive premium occasion and model, noting that “the occasion was seamless final yr” and she or he was wanting ahead to subsequent week’s festivities.

This yr, visitors can anticipate the identical well-produced and beloved experiences reminiscent of every day apres ski, friendship dinners, the Caribou Membership profit and the High of the Mountain White Occasion, simply kicked up a notch, she mentioned.

“Why is it greater than ever? I believe it’s as a result of we’ve obtained a tremendous advertising workforce of 1 particular person,” Kevin McManamon, government director of AspenOUT, mentioned with amusing. “However severely, now we have actual excessive degree sponsors who anticipate us to provide prime quality occasions, and ours is a fundraiser. We’re the one nonprofit homosexual ski week. Park Metropolis and Mammoth are produced by the identical man, and Whistler is produced by their Chamber of Commerce. So ours is exclusive.”

Two folks wave pleasure flags as they journey the Little Nell raise throughout the Homosexual Ski Week downhill costume contest on Aspen Mountain final yr. (Kelsey Brunner/The Aspen Occasions)
Kelsey Brunner/The Aspen Occasions

As a result of reputation of the week and to accommodate the inflow of extra attendees this yr, Kuglia and her workforce have added a number of new occasions and reworked some favorites to make sure there’s a lot on supply for anybody who cares to take part.

One she is most enthusiastic about is Drag Queen Bingo Brunch at The Little Nell, kicking off the week-long occasion Sunday at 10 a.m.

Brunch Bingo is scheduled at The Little Nell on Sunday with host Mariam T.

“This occasion is a partnership with ACRA (Aspen Chamber Resort Affiliation) and The Little Nell celebrating the top of Wintersköl and the start of ski week,” mentioned Kuglia. “I’m simply actually excited to be collaborating with our native resort chamber for the primary time. They’ve been so beneficiant to work with us. We’re planning for a various mixture of locals and guests. That is one occasion that’s not included within the move, so anybody can attend.”

The occasion will embody morning eats and choices of Santa Julia Glowing Rose, Ketel One botanicals, mimosas, bloody Marys, or bloody Marias within the Grand Salon at The Little Nell. It is a separate ticketed fundraising occasion offered by Aspen Ski Week, The Little Nell, and ACRA to learn AspenOUT. Reusable Bingo playing cards can be out there individually for buy throughout the brunch by way of money or card for $25.

San Diego-based drag queen Mariam T. will host a number of occasions throughout Aspen Homosexual Ski Week.

A San Diego-based and self-proclaimed “insult comedian,” the loud, lewd and crude drag queen Ms. Mariam T is ready to host. This can be Mariam’s fourth Homosexual Ski Week.

“I at all times inform my mates Aspen is like being trapped inside a Hallmark card. It’s such an fascinating little spot on the map the place actuality is a little bit bit completely different. Moreover, Homosexual Ski Week has gotten extra various over the previous couple of years, and we’re including a lot extra leisure and all completely different walks of LGBTQ+ come to the occasion now,” she mentioned.

Mariam T. may also host bingo on the W Resort and The Collective in Snowmass Base Village for the primary time, in addition to the 2023 Bud Mild Downhill Costume Contest, and confirms that although “her present situation is ‘too delicate’ to ski,” she plans to take the gondola to the highest of Aspen Mountain for the primary time and welcomes everybody to return work together.

“Come say hello. Come take an image. I didn’t placed on two hours’ value of make-up to not have folks take footage of me. So come see me,” she mentioned.

Members in Aspen Homosexual Ski Week’s Downhill Costume Contest ski down Little Nell on Aspen Mountain with a big pleasure flag.
Paula Mayer/Particular to The Aspen Occasions

Different new occasions are some VIP JPMorgan Wealth Administration occasions, appearances by Los Angeles-based DJ Kimber Persistent, and a particular Womxn’s dinner at 39˚ on the W Aspen with movie star Chef Emily Oyer, who has been featured on Meals Community’s Beat Bobby Flay and likewise received Chopped 420 on Discovery+.

Whereas Homosexual Ski Week is without doubt one of the greater events of the yr, Melissa Temple needs everybody to recollect it’s additionally a fundraiser that gives essential assist to the native LGBTQ+ neighborhood.

“The neighborhood loves us as a result of we carry a lot enterprise to this city. We’ve labored so exhausting to construct this model the previous six years, however this isn’t simply concerning the celebration, it’s concerning the funds we increase and the causes we give to. That’s what’s vital. “ she mentioned.

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