Fun and frivolity at Aspen’s 42nd Gay Ski Week

Rainbow clad masses descended upon the town of Aspen, Colorado in the USA this week to celebrate Aspen’s 42nd Gay Ski Week. Around 5,000 people attended the week-long celebration of all things LGBTQ+ with events like a pool party with lazy river ride, water slides, a “Pose” party on a 3,350 metre mountain top, comedy evenings and a Big Gay Ice Show complete with gliding drag queens.

Fun and frivolity at Aspen's 42nd Gay Ski Week

The week’s flagship event, the Downhill Costume Competition, saw competitors slip, slide and parade their way down the Little Nell ski run – often scantily clad or naked, despite the constant snowfall. However, spirits were high and laughter in the air as the judges attempted to pick the winner.

In addition to being a week of frivolity and fun, 100% of the party’s proceeds are donated to AspenOUT. This non-profit organisation assists local LGBTQ+ youth, families and community with education grants and counselling.

The Aspen Skiing Company also launched a campaign called “Give A Flake” whereby local businesses were encouraged to sign an “Open To All” anti-discrimination pledge and commit to ending intolerance.